Hillsboro Stadium

Hillsboro Stadium is a multi-sport stadium in the northwest United States, located in Hillsboro, Oregon, a suburb west of Portland. Opened 20 years ago in 1999 and owned by the city of Hillsboro, the award-winning stadium is part of the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex located in the northeast part of the city, adjacent to the Sunset Highway.

Hillsboro Stadium
Main grandstand in 2009
Location4450 NE Century Blvd
Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.
Coordinates45.554°N 122.907°W / 45.554; -122.907
OwnerCity of Hillsboro
OperatorCity of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
Capacity7,600 (expandable to 10,000)
SurfaceFieldTurf (2010–present)
AstroTurf (1999–2009}
Construction
Opened1999 (1999)
Renovated2010 (new turf)
Construction cost$7.5 million
ArchitectGBD Architects
Tenants
Century H.S. Jaguars football & lacrosse (OSAA) (1999–present)
Portland State Vikings football (NCAA) (2000, 2010, 2014–15, 2018–present)
Central Catholic H.S. Rams football (OSAA)(2000, 2010, 2013-present)
Pacific University Boxers baseball & softball (NCAA) (2007)
Portland Stags (MLU) (2015)
Portland State Vikings (NCAA) women's soccer (2010–present)
(OSAA) Boys' State Football Tournament (2003, 2007-present) partial schedule
Portland Timbers 2 (USLC) (2020–future)
Website
hillsboro-oregon.gov

The facility hosts home football games for Portland State University and Century High School, plus state playoff games for the Oregon School Activities Association's smaller school divisions. Hillsboro Stadium is also used for baseball, softball, soccer, and lacrosse and has hosted college and professional teams. Hillsboro Stadium is used for the NWAPA's annual Century Showcase. The adjacent Hillsboro Ballpark (now Ron Tonkin Field) opened in 2013.

The primary playing field runs northwest to southeast, at an approximate elevation of 220 feet (67 m) above sea level. The covered main grandstand and press box are along the southwest sideline.

History

The stadium cost $7.5 million to build, and opened in August 1999;[1] the entire sports complex cost $10 million to build, with funding from the city and the Ronler Acres urban renewal district.[2] The first high school football game at Hillsboro Stadium was on September 17, 1999, when Century played Oregon City.[2] Previously, Century had used Hare Field after the school opened in 1997, sharing that stadium with Hillsboro and Glencoe high schools.[2]

In 2000, the facility was expanded to increase the seating capacity from 4,000 to the current 7,000 plus.[3] An additional 3,000 temporary seats were added at that time as well to accommodate the Portland State football team.[3] The team used Hillsboro Stadium in 2000 when Civic Stadium (now Providence Park) was being renovated.[4] Portland's Central Catholic High School also played their home games at the stadium that season as well.[3] In May 2001, the University of Oregon Ducks held their annual spring football game at the stadium, which included future NFL quarterbacks Joey Harrington and Jason Fife.[5]

In October 2005, Hillsboro Stadium hosted a college football game between Southern Oregon University (SOU) and Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in a neutral site contest between the NCAA Division III PLU and NAIA SOU.[6] During the 2007 season, Pacific University’s baseball and softball teams used the stadium while their new facility was being built in Forest Grove.[4] In June 2008, the opening ceremonies of the Special Olympics Oregon Summer Games were held at the facility.[7]

In 2008, the stadium hosted a regular season game between the Philadelphia Barrage and the New Jersey Pride of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) on August 9.[8] New Jersey won the game with attendance totaling 3,687 people.[9] Hillsboro Stadium is mentioned as the likely home of any MLL team that may be awarded to or relocate to Portland.[9] The annual Les Schwab Bowl for high school football all stars was played at the stadium since 2009.[10]

In February 2010, the original AstroTurf of 1999 was replaced with FieldTurf.[11] The renovation cost $988,000, of which the school district covered $250,000 of those costs.[11]

Portland State again used Hillsboro Stadium in May 2010 for its spring football game, and held its four home games there during the 2010 season,[11][12] while PGE Park (now Providence Park) underwent a remodel to prepare for Major League Soccer.[11][13] Also due to those renovations, Central Catholic High School played its home football games at Hillsboro Stadium.[14] In March 2012, the city announced it was exploring the addition of a baseball stadium at the complex in hopes of adding a minor league baseball team.[15]

Portland State played one game at Hillsboro in 2015, when Providence Park was unavailable due to its use as a Portland Timbers venue. The Vikings returned for four games in 2018, with only one at Providence Park. In that season, the Vikings not only faced conflicts with the Timbers, but also with the Timbers' NWSL sister team, the Portland Thorns; the NWSL championship game; and stadium expansion.[16] All six PSU home games in 2019 were scheduled for Hillsboro.

Facility

Designed by GBD Architects and built by Hoffman Construction Company, the stadium was named one of 1999's Best Public Project Award recipients by AIA Western International.[1] The facility also won the 2000 Design Award of Merit from International Illumination Design Award.[17] Hillsboro Stadium has a 170,000-square-foot (16,000 m2) FieldTurf field.[11][18] This field is large enough to accommodate two games at the same time.[19] The main grandstand is on the southwest side of the field and contains locker rooms, concession stands, and team training facilities.[18] Seating capacity is approximately 7,600,[4] and the main covered grandstand seats 4,000.[3]

The FieldTurf field is used for a variety of sports.[11] These include lacrosse, football, soccer, baseball, and softball.[18] The main use is for high school athletics for Hillsboro’s four high schools, primarily Century.[4][11] The stadium also hosts other events such as foot races,[20] OSAA state football playoffs,[21][22] Cyclocross (Cross Crusade),[23] expositions for rally cars,[24] and high school band competitions.[25]

See also

References

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  2. Fentress, Aaron. "Century High’s new home field will make its football debut tonight: The Hillsboro Municipal Stadium is the centerpiece of a new athletic complex that cost $10 million", The Oregonian, September 17, 1999.
  3. Rollins, Ian. "New stadium attracts wide interest", The Hillsboro Argus, August 29, 2000.
  4. Baseball, Softball To Play Season At Hillsboro Stadium. Pacific University. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  5. Vondersmith, Jason. Beavers ponder backup QB battle. The Portland Tribune, May 1, 2001.
  6. Southern Oregon vs Pacific Lutheran (10-22-05). Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine Southern Oregon University. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  7. Armer, Christine and Angella Foret Diehl. "Neighborhood Roundup - West Hillsboro", The Oregonian, June 26, 2008, Metro West Neighbors, p. 16.
  8. Fentress, Aaron. Lacrosse fans to get look at pros playing outdoors. The Oregonian, August 9, 2008, Sports, p. E2.
  9. Hellman, Nathan. New Jersey 17, Philadelphia 16 Major League Lacrosse attracts 3,687. The Oregonian, August 10, 2008, Sports, p. C5.
  10. Ulmer, Jerry (June 19, 2009). "Les Schwab Bowl's move to Hillsboro driven by parking, access, scale". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-06-24.
  11. Fitzgibbon, Joe (March 3, 2010). "Hillsboro Stadium gets $1 million makeover, installs FieldTurf surface". The Oregonian. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  12. Gjurgevich, Brian (May 8, 2010). "Football team under new coach Nigel Burton shows new sense of urgency in spring game". The Oregonian. Retrieved 11 May 2010.
  13. "Football - 2010 Schedule". GoViks.com. Portland State University. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  14. Ulmer, Jerry (May 13, 2010). "Football: Central Catholic will play 2010 home games at Hillsboro Stadium". The Oregonian. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  15. Fehrenbacher, Lee (April 4, 2012). "Hillsboro considering construction of $11M baseball stadium". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  16. Odom, Joel (June 1, 2018). "Portland State Vikings to play 4 football games at Hillsboro Stadium in 2018". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  17. About Glumac: Awards. Archived 2006-12-21 at the Wayback Machine Glumac. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  18. Sports Complexes: Gordon Faber Recreation Complex. Archived 2006-10-09 at the Wayback Machine Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  19. "Site Plan" (PDF). Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  20. 5K race. Archived 2007-10-25 at Archive.today Washington County Visitor’s Association. Retrieved on April 28, 2007.
  21. Mims, Steve. Siuslaw sets up No. 1 vs. No. 2. The Register-Guard, December 3, 2006.
  22. Ulmer, Jerry (October 6, 2010). "Class 6A football semifinal scheduling a tough problem for OSAA to solve". The Oregonian. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  23. U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross. Archived 2007-08-23 at the Wayback Machine River City Bicycles. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  24. For Immediate Release. Rally America. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  25. Allyn, Bobby (October 9, 2010). "Hundreds of high school band performers compete in Sunset Classic in Hillsboro". The Oregonian. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
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