Beginning at the Portland Thorns FC match against the Chicago Red Stars on June 22, 2016, all guests entering Providence Park will be subject to new enhanced security screening procedures, including metal detector screening prior to admittance to all Thorns & Portland Timbers matches. The new security measures are being put in place at all MLS soccer venues.

With the new policies in place, we are encouraging all fans to arrive extra early for matches to minimize wait times and potential delays entering Providence Park. Remember, early entry into the stadium for Timbers matches includes concession discounts—courtesy of Simple—of up to 25 percent on all concessions beginning the hour after the first gates open (e.g. between 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. match).

This enhanced screening includes walkthrough metal detectors (magnetometers), and a recently implemented bag size policy (bags larger than 14” x 14” x 6” are not be allowed into Providence Park). Providence Park does not offer storage of prohibited items or oversized bags for guests, so everyone is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new policies.

Guests with special medical and dietary needs will be accommodated on a case-by-case basis with respect and minimal inconvenience.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to reduce any delay getting into Providence Park. All five gates at Providence Park will have magnetometers.

What guests need to know.

  • Although the magnetometers look just like those at airports, fans are not required to remove the following:
    • Coats and Jackets
    • Watches
    • Rings
    • Belts
    • Wallets

Prior to walking through the metal detectors all fans should place cell phones and key rings into the bowls provided or place them into their own bag which will still be subject to search.

  • Magnetometers are safe for all to walk through, including those with implanted medical devices. If a guest chooses not to use the magnetometer, they will be subject to hand-held wand screening or a full-body pat-down prior to admittance into Providence Park. For those fans with metal implants, a supplemental screening may be required for safety reasons.
  • A reminder of what is not allowed in Providence Park