The Portland Timbers and Thorns announced today that the name of the city-owned stadium in which they play is changing from Jeld-Wen Field to Providence Park.
Longtime Portlanders will remember that the venue was called Civic Stadium until 2000, when Portland Family Entertainment renovated it and changed the name to PGE Park, then home to the now-defunct Portland Beavers AAA baseball team.
Terms of the new naming-rights deal with Providence Health & Services, the non-profit medical conglomerate that operates a clinic at the newly-named Providence Park, were not released.
The deal, however, is further evidence of the dominant role the healthcare industry plays in Portland's economy. Last year, Moda Health, the formerly low-profile health insurer formerly known as ODS, stamped its new name on what used to be the Rose Garden.