JELD-WEN Field is no more.
A 15 year partnership was announced between the Portland Timbers, Thorns and Providence Health & Services, renaming the stadium to Providence Park.
The stadium, originally built in 1926 as Multnomah Stadium by the Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club, has been the sporting hub of Downtown Portland since 1893, hosting a variety of events, with the Timbers first calling it home in 1975 and the Thorns in 2013. Soccer has been played at the site for 120 years.
“I am thrilled to announce our new, expanded community partnership with Providence Health & Services,” said Merritt Paulson, president of the Timbers and Thorns. “This partnership signifies a huge commitment to the community from the largest private employer in Oregon, which will keep Providence Park the name of our facility for years to come. Additionally, I want to thank JELD-WEN for their past and continued significant commitment to the Portland Timbers.”
The stadium naming deal expands on the already existing relationship between the organization, with the Providence Sports Care facility calling SE corner of the facility home, sponsoring the Providence Health and Fitness School Days, where local school children are invited to see the Portland Timbers U23 take on Premier Development League opponents, while also being the primary kit sponsor for the Thorns.
“Just like Providence, the Timbers and Thorns have a proven track record of giving back to the community,” says Dave Underriner, chief executive for Providence in Oregon. “Together, we’ll bring the spirit of the people of Providence alongside the Timbers and Thorns to reach out to the community in new and exciting ways.”
“Every Timbers game is a teachable moment to encourage fitness and wellness at any age,” said James Beckerman, M.D., cardiologist for the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute and the Timbers. “Standing together, with the Timbers, we look forward to inspiring the people in our communities to be more active, lead healthier lives and have fun.”