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Multnomah Stadium

Multnomah Stadium

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Address 1844 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97205
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  The Facility  
Date Opened 1926
Major Renovation 2001
Ownership
(Management)
City of Portland
(Shortstop, LLC)
Surface NeXturf
Cost of Construction $502,000
Stadium Financing 100% privately financed.
Former Names Multnomah Stadium
Civic Stadium
Stadium Architect A.E. Doyle
Capacity 23,000
Luxury Suites Unknown
Club Seats Unknown
  Other Facts  
Tenants Portland Timbers
(MLS) (2011)
Former Tenants Oregon State Beavers
(NCAA) (1910-1953)
Portland Beavers
(PCL) (1956-1972)
(1978-1993)
(2000-2010)
Portland State University Vikings
(NCAA)
Portland Timbers
(USL-1) (2001-2010)
Portland Timbers
(NASL) (1975-1982)
Portland Storm
(WFL) (1974)
Portland Thunder
(WFL) (1975)
Portland Breakers
(USFL) (1985)
Portland Rockies
(NWL) (1994-2000)
Portland Mavericks
(NWL) (1973-1977)
Population Base 1,500,000
On Site Parking Unknown
Nearest Airport Portland International (PDX)


Sources: Mediaventures

This site, due to its natural shape as a amphitheater, started hosting athletic events in 1893. The University or Oregon and Oregon Agricultural College (later Oregon State University) both needed larger facilities for football games, so in 1926 Multnomah Stadium was built. This park was financed by the sale of seat licenses. In 1933, the first steady source of income into the park came with the inception of dog racing until 1956, when the Beavers finally moved here.

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.[4] 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 Park, 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 Oregon and Oregon State football. Typically the schools would play their games versus University of Southern California, University of Washington and some other larger programs during this period because the on-campus facilities were inadequate.

Oregon State Beavers

College Field
College Field
1893-1909
Bell Field
Bell Field

1910-1953
Multnomah Stadium
Multnomah Stadium

1910-1953
Reser Stadium
Reser Stadium

1953-Present


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