Dear Providence Park,
Well, this is awkward. We miss you. We can’t wait to fill you to the rafters, make the roof reverberate with the noise of drums and trumpets, and stir up billowing smoke bombs with frantically waving flags. There is no better place on Earth than Providence Park on match day.
This is different. This will be different. There will be no flags, no trumpets, no fervent encouragement from capos extolling the North End to drag our beloved teams across the line to victory. This is a time where the dedicated volunteers that make each match day happen have to make decisions about their comfort level. Decisions based on when vaccinations are available to them. Decisions based on the needs of themselves and their families. Decisions that will change the way the North End looks, feels, and sounds.
It will be the same, too. It will be the same because at the end of the day, all those things we do we do for the men and women representing the Rose City. Our City. Soccer City, USA. The passion, love, and support for our players is unwavering and while it might seem a little different in the stands as we support from distance, know that we sing wherever we go — we sing for you, whether we’re inside Providence Park or not.
We look forward to the day where we can all be united, 25,000 strong, in one voice. We’re still figuring it all out and intentionally not rushing things.
This year will be weird. Embrace it. This is Portland, after all.
The Timbers Army & The Rose City Riveters
To our supporters: If you’d like to help us figure it out, reach out. If you have more questions, start here. We’ll be adding more information as the season moves along and we know more.