As the Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers gear up to welcome masked fans to the stands for the first time in over a year, the teams are doing their part in flattening the curve.
In a statement on Twitter, the Timbers shared that the majority of Timbers and Thorns players, coaches and staff have now received their first vaccination.
Like the Portland Trail Blazers, who announced most of their players had also received the vaccine, the Timbers and Thorns received their first doses through the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and other organizations.
Team owner Merritt Paulson responded to the statement and added, “and the vast majority of our staff and game day staff will be vaccinated by early next week #getvaccinated.”
Timbers defender Pablo Bonilla reminded fans to get out and get their vaccines too.
The Thorns are expected to have fans at their match April 9 against KC NWSL. The Timbers will begin hosting fans April 13 when the team plays C.D. Marathón in a Round of 16 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match.
Providence Park will be welcoming back masked fans in limited fashion. Under Oregon Health Authority guidelines, Multnomah County can hold events up to 25 percent capacity. That means Providence Park can hold matches with approximately 6,300 fans.
This is the first time fans will be allowed to watch any professional Portland area team since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world last March. The Trail Blazers have yet to welcome fans back to games at Moda Center.