Atmosphere

Providence Park is located in downtown Portland so that you won’t find any tailgating here. However, there are lots of great bars to grab a drink at before the game. The bars surrounding Providence Park are packed to the gills with Timbers fans on game days, so arrive early and join in the festivities.

The streets of downtown Portland are a sea of green and gold on match days, and just about everyone in the area has Timbers fever. The Timbers have become arguably the most popular team in the Portland following their ascension to Major League Soccer and everywhere you go you’ll find friendly and knowledgeable fans.

After grabbing a drink at one of the bars, make sure to see Michael Stutz’s Facing the Crowd outside of the stadium. The sculptures are a must-see for anyone visiting Portland and offer excellent photo opportunities as well.

The lively atmosphere and the love Portland has for the Timbers go a long way in ensuring you’ll have a fantastic time pregaming before a Timbers match.

Traditions

Facing the Crowd

Michael Stutz’s Facing the Crowd consists of two sculptures outside Providence Park. The faces depict a laughing man and a smiling boy and are a must-see for anyone attending a match at Providence Park. See both sculptures and snap a picture with them to commemorate your trip to Portland.

Providence Park Main Entrance and Marquee

Before entering Providence Park, stop by and check out the marquee at the main entrance. The old-fashioned marquee features today’s matchup as well as the team’s upcoming schedule.

The Cheerful Bullpen

The Cheerful Bullpen offers one of the best sports bar experiences in the Portland area and is a great place to grab a drink before attending a Timbers match. You’ll find lots of Timbers fans here on game days, so stop by and have a drink with your fellow supporters.

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Timbers Pub Partners

Whether it's attending a watch party when the team is playing away from Providence Park or grabbing a beer before the match, you can’t beat the Timbers Pub Partners. These pubs offer excellent places to meet up with fellow Timbers fans before the game, so stop by one before the match.

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