Health Care for All Oregon, an advocacy group seeking universal health care, does not like Providence Health and Services spending money to put its name on the former Jeld-Wen Field.
That naming rights deal, announced earlier this month, changed the name of the stadium that is the home of the Portland Timbers and Thorns and Portland State Vikings football teams from Jeld-Wen Field to Providence Park. None of the entities involved, including the City of Portland, which owns the stadium, has been willing to disclose the financial terms of Providence's deal.
On Saturday, Health Care for All Oregon, a coalition of 90 organizations, is holding a rally to protest Providence's expenditure. The Timbers play the Philadelphia Union in their home regular season opener at 7:30 pm that day.
Here's the message the health care group sent out today:
Don’t forget the rally on Saturday, March 8, to denounce Providence’s flagrant misuse of our health care dollars to rename the Timbers’ stadium! Let's meet at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of SW 18th and Morrison, in front of the Timbers' Stadium in Portland.
A representative of Health Care for All Oregon was not available for comment.