96,000 Square feet of new playing surface.
613,514 Pieces of rebar used on the project.
175,000 Hours worked on the project.
6,595 Cubic yards of concrete used in the renovation.
800 Tons of steel to complete the renovation.
Already steeped in sports and entertainment history, JELD-WEN Field underwent a $40 million renovation, making it the most intimate, exciting and authentic soccer facility in the United States. The renovation elevated JELD-WEN Field’s facilities to Major League Soccer standards and enhanced the fan experience of attending an event at the stadium by increasing the functionality of the venue and introducing new amenities.
Some of these features include, but are not limited to, the new east side KeyBank Club, an expanded Adidas Team Store, new concession stands and more group and family viewing decks. Additionally, the renovation was able to preserve JELD-WEN Field’s ability to be a year-round community center and play host to more than 250 events annually, including Portland State football and an array of youth sports and community-based events.
Renovation Project Details
The playing surface has shifted to the West and the North making for a more intimate and closer-to-the-action feel. It also affords more space on the East and South sides of the stadium that allowed for new seating areas described below. New Field Turf was installed as part of the renovation in advance of the 2011 MLS season.
2. New Seating Areas
A new seating area along the east side of the stadium was installed that runs parallel to the side line of the field and 18th Avenue. The top of the new stands begins at the widened public concourse that is at street level and extends to the field.
These new seats have industry-leading leg room and width, with a majority of the new seats covered by a new roof. Approximately 1,144 of the new seats will be premium club seats, with the highest level of fan amenities, including a separate entrance and access to the new KeyBank Club restaurant described below.
3. East Side Amenities and Public Areas
In conjunction with the construction of the new east side seating area several other new public areas were built, including:
At the 18th Avenue and Morrison Street corner of JELD-WEN Field the existing open plaza was extended in to the stadium towards the field. During non-event times this area is open to the public, with views of the field.
adidas Team Store
A new 1,000 square-foot team store was constructed adjacent to the newly extended public plaza at 18th Avenue and SW Morrison. The store is open to the public during non-event hours.
New concession stands and restrooms have been added on the east side concourse to service the new seating areas.
As part of the new east side seating area the new KeyBank Club was built to service the 1,144 midfield club seats. This 5,200 square-foot club has views to the field, private entrances and has become the first sit-down restaurant at JELD-WEN Field. The club space is also available for rental for private functions during non-event times.
A new 2,200 square-foot community meeting room was built adjacent to the new KeyBank Club. This multi-purpose space is used extensively for a variety of community and corporate events both during non-event hours and during events.
Group and Family Decks
Integrated in to the design of the new east side seating areas are several new open-viewing decks providing excellent views to the field for groups attending events. This includes the Budweiser Balcony and the Widmer Brothers Southern Front.
The renovation design achieves the imperative of preserving substantial views in to the stadium from 18th Avenue and to the city from within JELD-WEN Field.
5. South End
Contiguous to the new East side seating areas, the new Widmer Brothers Southern Front seating/staging platform was built at the South end of JELD-WEN Field. During events the Widmer Brothers Southern Front serves as a group picnic area and/or performance area. This area was built to accommodate concert staging, increasing JELD-WEN Field’s ability to efficiently and cost effectively host concerts.
6. Seating Capacity
Capacity for soccer and football is approximately 19,000 including the aforementioned group decks.
7. Access Road
The access road that connects 18th Avenue to the playing field on the south end of JELD-WEN Field was widened and improved as part of the renovation, increasing the stadium’s ability to host concerts and other non-sporting events by greatly increasing the speed and cost efficiency of event load-in and load-out.
8. Providence Sports Care Center
Integrated in to the new east side seating area is the new Providence Sports Care Center. Completely privately funded, this 12,000 square-foot facility serves the neighborhood and provides daily activity on a year-round basis to the east side of the stadium.
9. Large Format Video/Broadcast Facilities
To meet Major League Soccer requirements and industry standards, new video and broadcast facilities were included in the renovation. These include new camera positions and new permanent broadcast cabling. To enhance the fan experience, a new video scoreboard was installed at the south end of the stadium, new LED video “ribbon” boards were placed at various areas of the seating bowl and new television monitors were installed in the concourse serving the new seating areas.
10. Press Box
The existing press box has been brought up to league requirements. New furniture, fixtures and equipment (“FF&E”), improved broadcast booths and press working areas, introduction of air conditioning/heat, windows that open were all part of the plan to bring the press area up to industry standards.
11. Team Areas
The home locker room and training areas, and to a lesser extent the visiting areas, were updated and improved to meet league requirements and major league standards.
12. Project Timeline
Foundation work for the new east and south side seating structures and other preparatory work commenced in January of 2010. Construction work ceased during the Timbers’ 2010 season and began again in September of 2010. All work was completed in time for the opening of the Major League Soccer season in April of 2011.