Portland Timbers Fans: A "Civic Joke"?!?!?

Portland Timbers' Major League Soccer home opener

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Bob Ryan may want to wear a fake nose and glasses the next time he comes to Portland.  The longtime sportswriter for The Boston Globe called Portland Timbers fans a "civic joke" on ESPN's "Around the Horn" because of last night's informal singing of the national anthem by the crowd at the Timbers' home opener.  Here is the video (worth noting that Ryan was a lone voice of crabbiness):  ...   More
 
Friday, April 15, 2011

Timbers' Home Major League Soccer Debut A Huge Success

Portland Timbers' Major League Soccer home opener

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Playing their Major League Soccer home opener last night, the Portland Timbers were easily recognized in their green and yellow. But everything else last night at newly christened Jeld-Wen Field seemed newer and larger than ever in the context of Portland's long soccer history. From the heavy downpour and the banners to the national telecast on ESPN2 and the high scoring in Portland's 4-2 victory over ...   More
 
Friday, April 15, 2011 JONATHAN CROWL

Timbers Army Gives Three Fans the Axe

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Several dozen people identifying themselves as members of the Timbers Army engaged in a mass bout of "cyber-bullying" against three fellow fans earlier this week. Officials with the Portland Timbers, who are days away from the franchise's Major League Soccer home opener April 14 after starting the inaugural season on the road, said the team is investigating the abuse from self-described members ...   More
 
Friday, April 8, 2011 AILIN DARLING

City Hall: Commissioners Approve Parking Plan

Portland City Hall in January

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In a 4-0 vote with Commissioner Nick Fish absent on vacation, City Council today approved the parking plan for the streets around Jeld-Wen Field formerly known as PGE Park.That plan, which Mayor Sam Adams introduced as an emergency ordinance, calls for expanding the hours for paid parking around the revamped stadium on Portland Timbers game nights and increasing the hourly rates from $1.60 to $3.50 ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by

City Hall: Parking Plan for Jeld-Wen Field Goes Sideways

Portland City Council March 16

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Mayor Sam Adams' emergency parking plan for the area around the stadium formerly known as PGE Park went out the window this afternoon at City Hall. (Obscure, hard-to-follow pun intended. In case you haven't heard, the new name of the stadium is Jeld-Wen Field for the Oregon window and door company.)Anyway, the proposal to raise parking-meter rates from $1.60 to $3.50 an hour and to extend those hours ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Splitting Timbers

The Timbers’ new season in a new league will mean bigger revenues and salaries—but at a cost.


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The Portland Timbers’ inaugural season in Major League Soccer kicks off this Saturday, March 19, at Colorado.  Before that happens, here’s a guide for casual fans to some of the big differe   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 JONATHAN CROWL

Timbers Bank on The Changing Face of Jeld-Wen

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Look for some unhappy Portland Democrats after today's announcement that PGE Park will be renamed Jeld-Wen Field when the Timbers begin play in Major League Soccer.Not because there's any great sentiment for PGE, the state's largest utility and a subsidiary of Enron when it hung its name on the old Civic Stadium a decade ago.But rather because of the political activities of Jeld-Wen's founder, the ...   More
 
Monday, March 14, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

PGE Park Renovation On Time But Over Budget

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As the Portland Timbers' April 14 home opener approaches, City of Portland records show the renovation of PGE Park from a multi-purpose stadium to a Major League Soccer facility is on time but about $5 million over the project's $31 million budget. (The original development agreement calls for the city to contribute $11.9 million to the project and Timbers owner Merritt Paulson to contribute $19.3 ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Stadium Neighbors' Parking Recommendations for Timbers Games

PGE Park

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With the Portland Timbers' first Major League Soccer home game approaching on April 14, the Northwest District Association is ready to send the city some recommendations for parking around PGE Park. Stadium neighbors have worried about the impact of large crowds in the debut MLS season.And neighborhood association president Ron Walters says the NWDA is now suggesting the city set one 90-minute parking ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 TIFFANY STUBBERT

Will Pro Soccer In America Ever Get The Stars?


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Here's an interesting read from The New York Times soccer blog that quotes Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber saying the league's quality of players isn't meeting the fans' demands. Strikes me as a hard problem to surmount, especially as the league expands with moves into Portland and Vancouver. Here's why: Even if there's a time when the crowded U.S. sports landscape creates enough ...   More
 
Thursday, April 23, 2009 HANK STERN

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