PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Coming soon to a soccer stadium near you – concerts!
Legendary rock band Foo Fighters announced they’re bringing their ‘Everything or Nothing At All’ tour to Portland, but it’s not at the typical venue you’d expect.
On Aug. 16, 2024, the band is set to play at the Timbers and Thorns home stadium, Providence Park, as part of a tour that will be stopping at other sports stadiums including Citi Field and Fenway Park.
“They have been really excited to play in Portland for a while now,” Timbers and Thorns CEO Heather Davis said. “They’ve been really great partners to work with on this, they wanted to come to Portland. They wanted to come to Providence Park.”
Thorns and Timbers season ticket holders will have first dibs on Foo Fighters tickets during a presale Thursday. Otherwise tickets go on sale to the general public Friday morning.
This news comes as part of what Davis said is a multi-year plan to bring concerts to Providence Park for the first time in almost 20 years.
“This is going to be a great new opportunity for fans and Portlanders to get to see some of the acts that used to have to bypass Portland on their West Coast tours,” Davis said.
Davis said they are working to grow the vibrancy of Portland by introducing what will be the largest concert venue in the city allowing for larger touring acts to come to the city.
“This is very exciting for us, for our fans and for the city of Portland,” said Davis. “We are proud to continue our investment in the vibrancy of downtown Portland as Providence Park becomes the largest concert venue in the Portland area. Artists who had to bypass Portland on their West Coast tours will have a great new option to consider.”
With about 30,000 seats (with both general admission and reserved seating available on the pitch), this will be the largest concert venue in the Portland metro area, surpassing the Moda Center. Davis credits this move to the Timbers privately financing nearly $130 million in renovations and expansions.
“Obviously COVID and other things stood in the way of that for a while,” Davis said, “but this came together this year, really.”
With ongoing efforts to give an economic boost to downtown Portland and Goose Hollow, Davis said this is a step in the right direction to bring more visitors to the area.
“People will stay in hotels, they’ll go to restaurants, they’ll do some shopping,” she said. “We think this is a really big step for the revitalization efforts of downtown Portland and we’re really proud to be part of that.”
In 1957, the stadium hosted superstar Elvis Presley for 14,600 people, which was one of the first-ever outdoor stadium rock concerts. The venue has also hosted The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Van Halen, Sheryl Crow and Def Leppard.
The Timbers say they hope to see more acts return to the Goose Hollow neighborhood for the first time since 2005.