One of the best environments in North American soccer is about to get better.
The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that the club is going forward with an expansion of approximately 4,000 seats at Providence Park. The project, which is set to cost $50 million, will be privately funded and it will expand the east side of the stadium.
“Providence Park is one of the most special stadiums in sports,” Timbers and Thorns president of business Mike Golub said. “With our proposed expansion, we will enhance the incomparable fan experience and intimacy and provide the opportunity for some of the more than 13,000 members of the waiting list to become season ticket holders.”
The Timbers have sold out every regular-season and postseason match at Providence Park since 2011, and the wait list for season tickets continues to grow by the season. Although the new expansion won’t cover all of that, it will give more fans in the soccer hotbed a chance to experience matches firsthand.
The timeline for the construction will be over two offseasons, beginning at the conclusion of either the 2017 or 2018 campaign.
Here’s a closer look at the proposed expansion: