Providence Park Expansion Plan Unveiled
On April 26th, Peregrine Sports LLC, owner of Portland Timbers FC (MLS) and Portland Thorns (NWSL), formally unveiled plans for a major expansion to Providence Park, the clubs’ historic home in the city’s West End neighborhood. Designed by Allied Works, the privately-funded, 4000-seat, four-level structure will provide dramatic accommodation for individuals and groups while maintaining an open public concourse and street-level arcade along 18th Avenue.
Inspired by beloved soccer stadiums and open-air arenas all over the world, from “La Bombonera” in Argentina to London’s original Globe Theater, the expansion envisions a multi-tier, vertical wall that puts viewers on top of the action, and will add to the already legendary atmosphere of Providence Park. Originally designed in 1925 and only partially constructed, the new expansion completes the vision for the stadium while adding a distinctly modern, open and transparent new form. Composed of many parts and layers of history, the character experience of the Park is wholly unique and distinctly Portland, creating one of the true “Cathedrals of Soccer” in all of North America.
Interest in the long-awaited expansion plan has been widespread, including local press, Timbers, Thorns and league blogs, and national sports press. See below for a sampling of recent coverage: