Great news for Portland-based soccer fans with week as the Timbers and Thorns announced plans to increase capacity at Providence Park.
Starting this weekend both squads will allow 80% capacity at the park, up from the 25% they have been playing in front of.
The news was first announced back on June 3rd, but with both teams on a break, they haven't been on their home pitch. Now that the action is set to resume, approximately 14,000 more fans per match can enjoy the ride.
"Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required upon entry, with acceptable forms of proof being a CDC vaccination card, a photocopy of the card or a photo of the card on a mobile device. Cardholders must be at least two weeks past receiving their second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Masks will not be required, but use of masks in restrooms and indoor spaces are recommended for the comfort of others. Masks for those 16 and under who are unvaccinated are encouraged.
Most safety protocols implemented for reduced capacity matches will stay in place indefinitely, including cashless transactions (Apple Pay, Google Pay), mobile ordering for food, beverage and merchandise, completely digital ticketing, a clear bag policy and enhanced sanitation protocols."
Goalkeeper Steve Clark talked about how the team is anticipating playing in front of more fans earlier this week.
"I'm someone who feeds off the crowd and that emotion in the stadium really affects me and spurs me on," said Clark. "So it was a challenge when you don't have fans. It took a lot of fun out of the game. It became more like work last year."
"When there's fans at Providence Park and we're playing well, it's a real spectacle. It's a real event in my life... it becomes a really enjoyable experience."
For more information and detail on updated protocols, head to Timbers.com