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PGE Park (formerly Civic Stadium, a name still used by locals; originally Multnomah Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium located in Portland, Oregonmarker, United Statesmarker. It opened in 1926, and underwent a major renovation in 2001, with naming rights being bought by Portland General Electric (PGE).

The stadium sits on a rectangular block bounded by Southwest Morrison Street (north, third base), Southwest 18th Avenue (east, left field), the Athletic Club building and Southwest Salmon Street (south, right field) and Southwest 20th Avenue (west, first base).


PGE Park is an outdoor, multipurpose stadium which can be configured for baseball, soccer and football. The playing surface is synthetic turf. The stadium consists of a covered grandstand from foul pole to foul pole, with the length of the football field aligned along the right field foul line. Stands have also stood in both the left and right fields from time to time. PGE Park seats 23,136 for concerts, 19,566 for baseball and soccer.

The Multnomah Athletic Club, an exclusive athletic club in downtown Portland, stands next door; the windows of the north side of the club's building overlook the field.

The stadium is now owned by the City of Portland, and is managed by Shortstop, LLC, the entity which owns the Portland Beavers. The stadium was renamed for Portland General Electric, which bought the naming rights.

The Interstate 405 freeway in Portland is known locally as the Stadium Freeway and travels near the stadium. In addition, the PGE Parkmarker MAX Light Rail station is across the street. The property slopes significantly downhill from the north end to the south end, with the result that much of the playing surface sits well below street level.

Tenants and major events

Principal current tenants include the Portland Beavers minor-league baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (there have been three different teams to bear that name, all of which played in PGE Park), the Portland Timbers, a USL First Division soccer team (and prior teams to bear that name), the Portland State University Vikings football team, as well as the Central Catholic High School Football team.

In addition to its current and prior tenants, the stadium has hosted several other noteworthy events. PGE Park was the site of four group matches in the 1999 Women's World Cup and hosted two group matches, two quarterfinals, and both semifinals in the 2003 Women's World Cup. The stadium also hosted an exhibition match of Australian rules football in 1990.

On March 18, 2009, The Oregonian reported that a renovated PGE Park would be home to the 18th Major League Soccer team, which would replace the USL-1 Timbers and begin play for the 2011 season. An official news conference confirmed all of this on Friday, March 20. Due to MLS concerns about the playing surface, seating configuration, and scheduling, the renovations will make the stadium a soccer-only facility and the Beavers will move to a new ballpark starting in 2011.

On July 1, 2009 PGE Park hosted a 3rd round Lamar US Open Cup match, which drew a PGE soccer record 16,382 fans. The match was between the USL Portland Timbers vs their rivals the MLS Seattle Sounders. The Sounders won the match 2-1.

On July 15, 2009 PGE Park hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game, with the International League stars defeating the Pacific Coast league 6-5. 16,657 fans attended the game, the largest crowd for a Triple-A All-Star game since 1991, and the third largest ever. Erik Kratz, representing Indianapolis, hit a two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning that provided the margin of victory and was named the IL's most outstanding player, while Oklahoma City's Esteban German received the award for the PCL.


The stadium was originally built by the Multnomah Athletic Club in 1926 — though playing fields and earlier stadiums had stood on the site since 1893. The stadium was a popular site for greyhound racing during the Great Depression. In the 1950s, the Portland Beavers moved to the stadium after their original field, Vaughn Street Parkmarker, was condemned.

One feature in common with Vaughn Street is a roof that covers almost the entire grandstand, a concession to the rainy Pacific Northwest region.

Up into the early 1960s, the stadium hosted some collegiate games for Oregonmarker and Oregon Statemarker football. Typically the schools would play their games versus University of Southern Californiamarker, University of Washingtonmarker and some other larger programs during this period because the on-campus facilities were inadequate.

The stadium hosted single-A baseball during two periods when AAA baseball left the city; from 1973 to 1977 it hosted the Portland Mavericks, and 1995 to 2000, the Portland Rockies. The stadium hosted the old Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League from 1975 through 1982, and the USFL's Portland Breakers, as well as the Portland Storm and Portland Thunder of the WFL. In 1977, the then-hugely popular North American Soccer League held its championship game at the stadium between the New York Cosmos and the Seattle Sounders. It was during this championship game that Pelé played his last non-exhibitional game as the Cosmos defeated the Sounders.
PGE from the east
PGE Park playing surface
Also during the 1970s, the Jantzen swim wear company had a 3D model of the Jantzen girl attached by cable to the left field wall, hovering. The Jantzen girl was in play because it was below the top of the wall and it was hit a couple of times over the years. If you look upward behind the home plate area of the main concourse, you can see it hanging in the air from cables.

On May 27, 1991, the stadium got some national attention when Vancouver Canadians outfielder Rodney McCray, while attempting to catch a fly ball, literally crashed through a wooden advertising behind the warning track in right-center field, just to the right of the 369-foot sign; a real-life version of an incident in the fictional book and film, The Natural. While McCray failed to make the out, he only suffered scrapes and bruises in the incident (unlike the fictional "Bump Bailey", whose injuries were fatal), and remained in the game. Highlight reels of that play ran for weeks on cable channels such as CNN and ESPN. On August 12, 2006, the Beavers commemorated the event with a Rodney McCray Bobblehead Night, passing out bobbleheads of McCray to fans and renaming right-center field "McCray Alley".

A $38.5 million renovation took place in 2001, adding new luxury suites and club seats that replaced the seats behind home plate and upgrading the seating and concourse area. The renovation also improved the structural soundness of the facility, and included a state-of-the-art sound system. The renovation also includes some retro-features, such as a manually-operated baseball scoreboard. At that point, the stadium was renamed, with PGE buying naming rights.

On October 27, 2007, PGE Park hosted what was at the time the highest scoring game in NCAA football history, when the Weber State Universitymarker Wildcats defeated the PSU Vikings 73-68, a combined point total of 141 points. This point total eclipsed the previous NCAA record of 136 points, set in a 1968 Division III game, and the previous Division I record of 133 points, set in 2004. While this record lasted only two weeks, and has been surpassed three times in all, it remains the highest-scoring game involving NCAA Division I teams.

On July 31, 2009, the Portland city council approved a $31 million renovation to make it ready for the 2011 Major League Soccer season. The stadium will be used for soccer and football activities primarily. This renovation also means that the Portland Beavers will vacate the stadium for a different location. The exact capacity after renovation is unknown as of this writing, with an early report that about 6500 seats would be added. However a later presentation to the Portland Design Commission indicated that only 5000 seats would be added bringing top capacity to about 22,000, but with only 17,000 available for use on a regular basis.


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