PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers today announced that JELD-WEN Field, home of the Major League Soccer (MLS) club, has been awarded LEED® Silver Certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability, and by achieving LEED Silver status, JELD-WEN Field was recognized for its exceptional sustainable strategies and its ongoing efforts to positively impact the venue and the broader community.
A look into the FieldTurf at JELD-WEN Field
The vibrant green playing surface that greets fans as they emerge into the stands at JELD-WEN Field has more to it than meets the eye.
Underneath the green blades and painted white field lines are complex layers of unique drainage systems, alternate layers of silica sand, fine grades of rubber infill, and a custom-made, technologically advanced backing, or “e-layer,” that holds it all together.
Timbers fans converge on stadium by bike, MAX and more
Getting close to 20,000 people in and out of JELD-WEN Field in three hours is quite a feat. The Timbers’ home is not like suburban Chicago’s Toyota Park or PPL Park outside of Philadelphia. The stadium has to contend with restricted parking in an area dense with apartments. And don’t even think of picking up some token groceries at Fred Meyer and leaving the car in their lot.
So we talked to some Timbers fans about the alternative ways they get to the game.