Music - Sweating Bullets by Megadeath
Photographed in 1993 and 2001 using film. Photographed in August of 2014 using digital.
Providence Park - Opened in 1926 and still in use. Known as Multnomah Stadium 1926-1965, Civic Stadium 1966-2000, PG&E Park 2001-2010 and Jeld-Wen Field 2011-2014. The name was changed in 2014 to Providence Park.
Location - 1844 SW Morrison St. Portland, Oregon Located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland.
Sports has been played on this site since 1893 when the field was known as Mutnomah field. The Multnomah athletic club has stood in back of what was right field since 1891.
Providence Park is a multi use facility. Built for football and baseball, the stadium has now been renovated (in 2010) specifically for soccer and football. Gone are any traces of the baseball configuration. The Portland Timbers of the MISL are now the main tenants. They have played here on and off since 1970. The Portland State Vikings use the field as their home for football. The Portland Thorns of the NWSL have played here since 2013. The Portland Storm/Thunder of the WFL, played 2 uneventful seasons here from 1973 till 1975 when the team and league folded. The Portland Breakers of the short lived USFL played one season here in 1985. Oddly enough, the University of Oregon Ducks played select games here from up until 1970.
Even though baseball is no longer played here, the Stadium had a long history with our national pastime. Looking to get out of decrepit Vaughn Street Park, the Portland Beavers of the PCL moved here in 1956. As the franchise changed affiliations, the Beavers remained here thru the 2010 season. The team relocated to Tucson for 3 years, then to their present home of El Paso, Texas. The Portland Rockies (NWL) called this place home for 5 years from 1995 thru 2000. The independent Portland Mavericks of the NWL played here too from 1973 till 1977. One of the most famous sports highlight reels happened here. On May 27th 1991, Vancouver Canadians outfielder Rodney McCray crashed thru the right field wall trying to make a catch. The Portland Beavers had a Rodney McCray bobblehead night in 2006. For those of you who would like to know, Chip Hale hit the ball that McCray was trying to catch.
Providence Park is a few miles west and across the Willamette River from the Coliseum and Moda Center.
A panoramic shot of the baseball field and the Multnomah athletic club in back of the right field fence. 1993
The Oregonian newspaper building is across the street from what was left field. 1993