HILLSBORO, OR –The Hillsboro Hops (@HillsboroHops) and Portland Timbers (@TimbersFC) announced a new partnership for T2 (@TimbersFC2) in which the Hops will be responsible for running the business operations for the USL Championship club, including marketing, ticketing and sponsorship sales. The Timbers will continue to own T2 and manage soccer operations for the club.
As part of the new partnership, T2 will play their home games at Hillsboro Stadium starting with the 2020 season. The USL Championship season runs from March through October.
“We are excited to partner with such a well-respected organization in the Hillsboro Hops,” said Timbers president of business Mike Golub. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to grow T2’s fanbase and create a dynamic environment for soccer at Hillsboro Stadium.”
“The Timbers are a world-class organization and the opportunity to partner with them on running T2 is something we are very excited about,” said Hillsboro Hops President K.L. Wombacher. “There is a tremendous base of soccer fans on the west side and playing home games at Hillsboro Stadium will allow us to tap into that excitement and help grow the T2 brand.”
FIFA certified FieldTurf CORE will be installed as the playing surface for T2 games at Hillsboro Stadium – the same playing surface used at Providence Park. CORE’s multi-layer dual-polymer fiber design optimizes the systems performance delivering a more realistic, textured, grass-like shape with optimal durability and resiliency. The field won’t have any football lines on it for T2 games.
Tickets for the 2020 T2 season will go on sale in January.
About Hillsboro Hops:
The three-time (2014, 2015 & 2019) Northwest League Champion Hillsboro Hops are the Single-A baseball affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. The team’s season runs from mid-June to early September. The franchise relocated to Hillsboro in 2012 and began play in 2013 in a new state-of-the-art 4,500 capacity ballpark, Ron Tonkin Field. The Hops are part of the 65-year old Northwest League, which includes teams in Boise, Eugene, Salem-Keizer, Tri-Cities, Spokane, Everett and Vancouver BC. Major League stars who rose to prominence via the Northwest League include Ken Griffey Jr., Felix Hernandez, Edgar Martinez, Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn and Dansby Swanson. Follow the Hops on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HillsboroHops and on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @HillsboroHops.
Founded on Oct. 14, 2014, T2 play in the USL Championship, sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation as a Division II professional league, which includes membership of more than 30 clubs across the United States and Canada. T2 is part of the Portland Timbers comprehensive development structure, which allows players a direct path to the top tier of professional soccer in North America – Major League Soccer. T2 creates a bridge between the Timbers Academy and the Timbers first team.