The Timbers Army (TA) has set the bar for soccer fan support in America. From humble beginnings in section 107 to taking over the North End of the stadium at every Portland Timbers match, the TA is one of the most respected supporters groups in Major League Soccer.
The TA is as diverse as the Portland community, and welcomes all Portland Timbers supporters to the North End. The TA stands and sings throughout the match, celebrating the world’s game with a unique, rich and deep passion that only Portland can provide.
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Timbers Army Gate 3 & Wristband FAQ for 2018 Season
Due to the high demand for the best seats in the Timbers Army and our desire to provide a fair and consistent early entry procedure, we will be once again using a system of wristbands to help facilitate early entry at Gate 3 for Timbers Army fans at Providence Park. Wristbands are not handed out for CONCACAF Champions League or U.S. Open Cup matches.
Due to the Providence Park expansion project, there will be a number of changes to this system from last year. This is being done due to the decreased as well as variable amount of public space available outside the stadium for queuing. These changes, and the overall policy, may be amended during the season as needed and several exceptions may be added for rivalry matches or unique scheduling dynamics. When there are events during the day or evening prior to a Timbers match, queuing will not be allowed until after the completion of that event.
Changes for 2018:
- Fans seeking wristbands will not be allowed to line up more than 24 hours prior to a Timbers match and camping will be prohibited.
- The line for the wristband distribution will start at the a-frame near the credential booth on the eastern side of the 20th St/Alaska Plaza (roughly across the street from the Verizon store), and queue along Morrison to the east.
- The total number of wristbands distributed will drop from 1000 to 600.
- The distribution window will increase to as much as 8 hours before kick-off, now 3-8 hours.
- Ingress will take place with 2 lines of 300. Wristbands numbered 1-300 will line up to the East and enter first. Wristbands 301-600 will line up to the West of Gate 3 and enter after the first group.
When will wristbands be given out?
We will distribute wristbands sometime during a window of 3 to 8 hours before kick-off but never prior to 7am PT. This is designed to continue to allow fans who want specific seats to get in line as early as they see fit. Wristband distribution will stop 2 ½ hours before kick-off, regardless of how many remain at that time, to facilitate the ingress process.
Are wristbands available to all TA fans or just Annual Members?
Anyone with a TA ticket for that evening’s match can be issued a wristband.
When will the TA gate open?
Gate 3 will open 120 minutes before kick-off for fans with wristbands. It opens at 90 minutes for all other fans.
Why do I have to come so early?
There is no obligation for fans to arrive early. The total number of wristbands entering early is less than 25% of the total TA population on match nights. There are numerous matches where we do not even handout the full allotment. Fans who arrive as late as 45 minutes before kick-off should have no issues finding seats in the section.
How many wristbands will there be?
We will distribute 600 wristbands for each match. Only fans presenting a Timbers Army ticket for that day’s match will receive a numbered wristband based on arrival order.
Does a wristband guarantee me early entry before all the other gates?
Yes it does – just remember that you must be back in line on time, and in numerical order, before the TA gate opens.
What if I want to get an extra wristband for a friend/family member who isn’t coming early?
Wristbands will be placed on each fan upon arrival; you must be physically present to get one and it must remain attached to your wrist to get early entry.
What happens after I get the wristband?
You can leave the Providence Park area, but must be back in line 150 minutes before kick-off, which is 30 minutes before Gate 3 opens. If you don’t return at the 150 mark, you are not guaranteed priority entry.
If I have this wristband, why do I have to be here again 2 1/2 hours before kickoff?
The wristband lets you go into the gate that opens 2 hours early, along with 600 other people lining up in numerical order. Signs with landmark numbers will be posted to help folks figure out approximately where to go when they line up, security will spot-check wristbands to ensure that folks are in the right places. All of this takes a little bit of time, so please be back 30 minutes before gate 3 opens.
Where do I go when I come back?
Head to Gate 3 (the TA gate) and look for the sign indicating the start of your color group. Line up in number order in that area – each wristband is consecutively numbered.
How will wristbands work with the bag-check line?
If you bring a bag you’ll still need to have it searched in the left hand lane and your entry may be delayed. The non-bag line usually moves faster, so if getting in quickly is your #1 priority, don’t bring a bag into the stadium.
What if all the wristbands are gone?
You can go to the end of the Gate 3 West line, but please remember people that *do* have wristbands will be returning to the line and will stand in front of you.
Alternatively, use any of the other Providence Park gates that open at the 90 minute mark. These are gates, 4, 2 and 1. Without a wristband, you will likely get into the stadium just as quickly if you wait and enter through one of these gates.
What if you don’t hand out all the wristbands?
We do not keep wristbands open for dispersal within 2 ½ hours of kick-off. If fewer than 600 are distributed then fans without can enter at the 90 minute mark.
Once in, can I still save extra seats for my child/spouse/ friend etc.?
This is a policy within the TA sections of ’1 scarf =1 seat’. This means that it’s ok to save a seat for a friend as long as they get to the stadium at least 30 minutes before kickoff but not large groups of seats for a long period of time.