Minor League Baseball’s Hillsboro Hops are taking over business operations for USL Championship’s Portland Timbers 2, part of a new arrangement that will see the club shift home matches to Hillsboro Stadium.
Under the terms of a new partnership between the Hops (Short Season A; Northwest League) and MLS’s Portland Timbers, Timbers 2 (T2) will see some changes in 2020. Along with the move to Hillsboro Stadium, T2 will have its business operations–including marketing, ticketing, and sponsorship sales–run by the Hops. T2’s soccer operations will continue to be led by the Portland Timbers, the club’s owner and MLS parent.
“We are excited to partner with such a well-respected organization in the Hillsboro Hops,” said Timbers president of business Mike Golub. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to grow T2’s fanbase and create a dynamic environment for soccer at Hillsboro Stadium.”
“The Timbers are a world-class organization and the opportunity to partner with them on running T2 is something we are very excited about,” said Hillsboro Hops President K.L. Wombacher. “There is a tremendous base of soccer fans on the west side and playing home games at Hillsboro Stadium will allow us to tap into that excitement and help grow the T2 brand.”
FIFA certified FieldTurf CORE will be installed as the playing surface for T2 games at Hillsboro Stadium – the same playing surface used at Providence Park. Hillsboro Stadium is adjacent to the Hops’ home, Ron Tonkin Field.
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