Cheap. Fast. Awesome. Kinda like that guy you dumped the summer after college. Bring those three words back into rotation Summer of 2013 with the Timbers Reserves. Less noisy than a Timbers match, but often with equal caliber play, Reserves matches are more affordable and faster paced. When hasn’t that served you right in life?
Get The Ball Rolling
Timbers Reserves matches are held about once a month at home in Portland at JELD-WEN Field. For anyone who doesn’t know, the field was redone to the tune of $40 million (from our former minor league ballpark) and is now up to MLS standards. Because they couldn’t expand too much onto the stadium’s former size, our field is considered intimate by MLS standards – another family-friendly pro. Plus, they added new amenities that make it even more family-friendly like viewing decks (when you gotta get some wiggles out), legroom, covered seating and more food vendors. Perhaps your adventurous eaters will try a Timbers (Meat) Pie or Timbers Brat. Delish! And the onsite adidas Timbers Team Store is also a fab destination for your gear-fix before or after the game.
Timbers Reserves play in the afternoon or early evening. There are seven home games this year with four matches left to go. The Timbers management happily supports these quieter, mellower games (read: less noisy and rambunctious and beer is cheaper, too) and while every Timbers game is family-friendly the Timbers Reserves matches are definitely an easier intro to the sport. Your kiddos can actually hear you answer their questions!
On the Sidelines
Tickets are priced at $10 general admission for adults and $5 for season ticket holders. It is not uncommon to have first-string players (for either team) bending it on the field at Timbers Reserves matches, depending on the schedule for that week. Here in Portland, our Timbers players (not on the field) are often found in the stands watching and cheering at the Timbers Reserves, too. How rad is that? If you and your budding soccer fans fall in love with the Timbers Reserves, then next year you can get season tickets to their Reserves matches as well.
Another superb option for getting your little kickers into the sport Portlanders love so much is to join the Little Timbers Fan Club. Meant for kiddos ages twelve and under, membership definitely has its privileges. Invitations to Timber bashes, discounts on gear, LTFC scarves and private Q and A time with players are just some of the options when you join the club.
Things to Know Before you Go Go Gooooooaaaaallll!
Unopened bottles of water and juice boxes (one per child) are allowed into JELD-WEN Stadium. If you need to bring a bottle in a cooler, bring a soft-sided cooler bag and also be sure to carry in a diaper bag that can fit under your seat. Changing tables abound in all the restrooms, too. The food options are what you would expect them to be at a stadium – pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, soda and beer. There’s also Thai Curry food cart near the 20th Street gate. If you haven’t been yet, acquaint yourself with the stadium before game day, understand the express bus schedule or figure out your parking strategy before your eager soccer stars load into the car.
JELD-WEN Stadium is downtown. Parking lots are nearby and the city recommends Trimet and parking in downtown Smart Parks or Fox Tower. Shuttles to the matches run regularly. JELD-WEN is also easily accessible off of 405.
1844 SW Morrison
Box Office: 503-553-5555
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Written by: Liz Overson
Thanks for the photos Portland Timbers, Kelly Haley and Tracy Rains!