Home The Latest Timbers season ticket sales spike

Timbers season ticket sales spike

| Print |  Email
The Latest
Wednesday, June 23, 2010

BY JESSICA HOCH

The Portland Timbers have snagged 1,000 season ticket deposits over the past 10 days for their 2011 Major League Soccer inaugural season, according to Chris Metz, Vice President of Communications.  The Timbers announced their MLS season ticket information last week, coinciding with the start of the 2010 World Cup, and what's turned out to be a frenzy of U.S. soccer buzz as the mens team squeezed its way out of the first round of competition.

The deposits are $50 per seat and are required for anyone wanting season tickets who doesn't already have minor league Timbers season tickets.  Current ticket holders will get first priority for seats on June 28 starting at 9 a.m.  Seat-selection for existing 2010 Timbers half-season and flex plan holders begins Monday, July 19, at 9 a.m and the seat-selection process for the MLS 2011 depositors will begin Wednesday, July 21, at 9 a.m.  Tickets will be available to the general public on Monday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m.

Season ticket prices range from $99 to $1500. The Timbers have been averaging about 8500 fans per game thus far in the 2010 season.

Portland TimbersMetz said the team has seen "a considerable spike in sales over the last week and half." But it's too early to judge whether the greater Portland area will generate a fan base strong enough to support a MLS team and quiet objections to the $31 million public-private retrofit of city-owned PGE park.  The Portland Timbers will join the MLS in 2011 as an expansion team along with the Vancouver B.C. White Caps. Both newcomers will be hard-pressed to compete with the Seattle Sounders.

Soccer has become a huge money maker in Seattle. Our neighbors to the north have already put up impressive figures in their first two seasons, with 22,000 season tickets sold their inaugural season and 32,000 for the 2010 season.  The Sounders averaged over 30,000 fans a game in 2009 at Quest Stadium and have increased capacity to 36,400 this year and have sold out every game.  Chris Baretta, ticket sales representative for the Seattle Sounders, said the situation in Portland is different because capacity at PGE Park is dramatically lower.  "I would say since they have a 20,000 capacity that having 12 or 13,000 season tickets would be a success for them," said Baretta.

Timbers supporters like the more intimate history of PGE and the team has already experienced a surge in support over the last several years.  The "Timbers Army" already has a reputation for around the country for their chants, flags and match-day rowdiness.  The Timbers are trying to build buzz around the community after announcing the new logo at half time of the US vs. England World Cup game.  It’s all speculation until the inaugural season kicks off in April of 2011.  Then we will see if Soccer City USA can solidify its place on the map.

Jessica Hoch is an online reporter for Oregon Business.

 

Comments   

 
Ben J
0 #1 Make that 7,000Ben J 2010-06-29 15:26:22
UPDATE: OPB reports that the Timbers are now up to 7,000 season ticket deposits and considering capping them at 12,000.

http://news.opb.org/article/portland-timbers-say-ticket-sales-corporate-investment-ahead-schedule/
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Video: The 100 Best Survey

News
Thursday, August 28, 2014

100-best-logo-2015 500pxw-1OB Research Editor Kim Moore shares some pointers about the 100 Best Companies to Work For survey.


Read more...

Is this employee right?

Contributed Blogs
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
081314 thumb employeefeelingsBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

When I say, “Your Employee is Always Right,” I do not mean “right about the facts,” but rather “right about how they feel” and “right about how they want to be led.”


Read more...

Who said we should sell in May?

Contributed Blogs
Friday, July 18, 2014
BullMarketBY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Back in May, we shared a common Wall Street quote about investing, “Sell in May and go away.” Fast forward to July and the most common question we have been getting from clients is, “When is the market pullback going to occur?”


Read more...

Podcast: Interview with Steve Balzac

Contributed Blogs
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

082014BalzacBY TOM COX | OB BLOGGER

Tom Cox interviews Steve Balzac, author of "Organizational Psychology for Managers."


Read more...

Podcast: Interview with Pete Friedes

Contributed Blogs
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

082714-thumb friedesbookTom Cox interviews Pete Friedes, author of "The 2R Manager," about becoming a Best Boss.


Read more...

The Scott Kveton affair

News
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
ScottKvetonBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Scott Kveton, the CEO of Urban Airship is taking a leave of absence from the company. As the story continues to unfold, here’s our perspective on a few of the key players.


Read more...

Why I became an Oregon angel investor

Guest Blog
Monday, July 14, 2014
AngelInvestBY TERRY "STARBUCKER" ST. MARIE

I really didn’t know that much about angel investing, but I did know a lot about the entrepreneurial spirit.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS