Designs Unveiled for Allied Works’ Providence Park Expansion

A steel truss canopy will cover seating along the existing eastern wing of the stadium. All images courtesy Brooklyn Digital Foundry.

Allied Works has released its designs for the forthcoming expansion of Portland, Oregon’s Providence Park soccer stadium. Home to the Portland Timbers and the Portland Thorns, the 91-year-old arena will see the addition of 4,000 seats in time for the 2019–2020 season. Construction is estimated to begin as early as this fall.

Conceptually informed by William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London, the $50 million renovation will expand the stadium’s capacity to 25,000 with raked seating. An open, steel truss canopy will provide coverage along the existing eastern side of the complex. A street-level public arcade will be created as well, housing numerous pedestrian spaces for entertainment before and after games. The arcade will honor the original masterplan conceived by A.E. Doyle and Morris Whitehouse in 1926.

Image courtesy Brooklyn Digital Foundry.

A scrim comprised of steel tension cables will rise four stories from the sidewalks to form a woven, textile-like facade. The two uppermost levels will be wrapped in glass and feature balconies overlooking the city. The crown floor will serve as a versatile event terrace.

“The expansion of Providence Park creates a new urban stadium type—a transparent civic platform—revealing the life of the game on the field, in the stands and in the streets,” said Brad Cloepfil, principal and founder of Allied Works. “The design was conceived to amplify the excitement, theatricality, and intensity of the stadium experience by offering the unique sensation of being in the heart of the action no matter where you are, connected at once with the game and the city.”