Photo courtesy Sam Orgega / Portland Timbers 2
HILLSBORO, Ore. – The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday a new partnership with the Hillsboro Hops through which the Hops will take control of business operations for the USL Championship’s Portland Timbers 2, including marketing, ticketing and sponsorship sales. The Timbers will continue to own T2 and manage soccer operations for the club.
As part of the new partnership, T2 will play its home games at Hillsboro Stadium starting with the 2020 season.
“We are excited to partner with such a well-respected organization in the Hillsboro Hops,” said Timbers President of Business Mike Golub. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to grow T2’s fanbase and create a dynamic environment for soccer at Hillsboro Stadium.”
FIFA certified FieldTurf CORE will be installed as the playing surface for T2 games at Hillsboro Stadium – the same playing surface used at Providence Park. CORE’s multi-layer dual-polymer fiber design optimizes performance, delivering a more realistic, textured, grass-like shape with optimal durability and resiliency. The field will be maintained to provide a soccer-specific playing surface for all of T2’s home games.
“The Timbers are a world-class organization and the opportunity to partner with them on running T2 is something we are very excited about,” said Hillsboro Hops President K.L. Wombacher. “There is a tremendous base of soccer fans on the west side and playing home games at Hillsboro Stadium will allow us to tap into that excitement and help grow the T2 brand.”
Tickets for the 2020 T2 season will go on sale in January.