Timbers, Papa Murphy's team up for stadium tours

Papa Murphy’s becomes official pizza of MLS Timbers in new multi-year partnership

PORTLAND, Ore. — As part of a new multi-year partnership, the Portland Timbers and Papa Murphy’s will team up to host a series of community tours at PGE Park during its on-going construction, it was announced today. The tours will allow fans a first-hand look at stadium renovations currently taking place ahead of the club’s Major League Soccer debut in 2011.

The PGE Park Community Tours, presented by Papa Murphy’s, kick off Saturday, Nov. 6, at 12 noon. Open to both 2011 Timbers season ticket holders and the general public, the 30-minute tours will include an up-close viewing of the renovation, a presentation from Turner Construction and complimentary lunch from Papa Murphy’s. Season ticket holders will have exclusive access to tours from 12-1 p.m., and non-season ticket holders will be able to attend tours from 1-2 p.m.

All tour participants are required to pre-register for the event; space is limited. Season ticket holders for 2011 can RSVP by contacting the ticket services department at ticketservices@portlandtimbers.com or (503) 553-5550. Non-season ticket holders can RSVP by emailing ticketsales@portlandtimbers.com or calling (503) 553-5555. Details regarding additional tours will be announced at a later date.

Also included in the partnership, Papa Murphy’s is the new official pizza of the Timbers and will join the club’s extensive soccer camps program as a promotional partner. The collaboration also includes a presenting partnership for the half-time and pre-game youth soccer games, as well as Papa Murphy’s giveaways associated with the number of goals scored each game. The Murph Mobile (Papa Murphy’s mobile pizza trailer) will also be making appearances at Timbers related events.

About MLS Portland Timbers
On March 20, 2009, Major League Soccer (MLS) awarded Portland the league’s 18th franchise to begin play in the top-flight professional soccer league starting in 2011. The Portland Timbers will mark their debut MLS season in 2011 in a significantly renovated PGE Park that will create one of the most exciting and authentic soccer environments in the country. New stadium amenities will include better sightlines closer to the action, new premium seating on the east side of the field, a new club lounge and a new entry plaza and team store. The Timbers have been a beloved part of the Portland sports landscape since their early beginnings in the North American Soccer League in 1975, launching the era of “Soccer City USA” in the Rose City.

About Papa Murphy’s
Papa Murphy's is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and the pioneer and leader of the take 'n' bake pizza segment. Papa Murphy's operates over 1,200 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 36 states and Canada. The Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality, fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. By baking Papa Murphy’s pizzas at home, customers get to experience the home-baked aroma of a convenient, delicious meal that the brand is known for. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of take 'n' bake items, including Cheesy Bread, Cinnamon Wheels, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Papa Murphy's was recently named “#1 Rated Pizza Chain” in the nation according to the 2010 Zagat Fast Food Survey and is a four-time recipient of Pizza Today’s Chain of the Year award. For more information, visit www.papamurphys.com. Find Papa Murphy’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/papamurphyspizza.