Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson wants limited crowds at Providence Park


All of Rose City was riding on cloud nine Wednesday evening following the Portland Timbers 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy.

That includes Timbers owner Merritt Paulson who tweeted how fun this Portland team has been to follow and how it's "a shame no fans have seen it live."

Paulson followed by stating he wants to host fans at Providence Park sooner than later.

"Oregon has managed COVID well," wrote Paulson. "We have the 2nd lowest infection rate in the country. We can 100% safely manage a limited crowd. Hopefully, we will get a chance in 2020."

The Timbers have not had any fans at Providence Park since a 1-0 victory over Nashville SC on March 8, 2020. The MLS regular season would be suspended due to the coronavirus the following week. 

During the restart, the Timbers have not allowed any fans to attend games but some other MLS teams have, such as FC Dallas, Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City SC and Real Salt Lake. 

2,912 people attended the first FC Dallas game since the restart, more than 2,000 people less than were permitted to attend the match.

However, the Timbers have held one of the league's strongest home-field advantages for seasons, currently holding a 163-game sellout streak with an average attendance of 25,218 fans in 2019. 

Per The New York Times, Oregon had at least four new COVID-19 related deaths and 299 new reported cases on October 7th, a 26% increase from the average two weeks ago. The average daily cases in Multnomah County is 56 or 6.9 per 100,000 people. 


Multnomah County has been approved for Phase 1 re-openings which include "limited reopening of personal services like salons and barbers, gyms, and malls, and restaurants and bars open for in-person service until 10pm," per Oregon.gov. Mass gathering such as sporting events will not be permitted until Phase 3. 

As far as cases in the last seven days, Oregon ranked 11th best in the United States with 2,092. Per 100,000, Oregon ranks sixth-best with 50. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Oregon has reported 35,646 cases and 585 deaths. 

The Pac-12 plans to play college football beginning November 6th-7th, but with no fans permitted to attend the games.