Timbers fans
Michael Stringfield/Portland Timbers

Portland reach benchmark in season ticket sales

PORTLAND, Ore. – There’s perhaps no better way for the Portland Timbers to start a new year than by proudly reaching a new benchmark for season ticket sales in advance of the 2011 season.

On Monday, the Timbers announced that they have surpassed 10,000 season tickets sold and that they would cap that number at 12,000. Additionally, the 23 suites at the soon-to-be renamed PGE Park are also sold out.

“Ten thousand is a number we were shooting for,” Timbers chief operating officer Mike Golub said. “It’s a really good goal for us to meet.”

Golub said the team “comfortably surpassed” that mark by New Year’s Eve, which was the deadline for automatically obtaining additional benefits – such as additional events, gifts and perks – as a founding member of The Axe Society.

The season ticket packages include 20 home games – 17 MLS games plus three additional friendlies. Season ticket holders also have the right to purchase their regular seats for any playoff games.

Portland are confident they can sell the remaining season ticket packages and are hopeful for a string of sellouts during the Timbers’ inaugural MLS campaign.

“We still have work to do, so we’re not taking anything for granted,” Golub said. “Obviously, we’re thankful for the support we’ve gotten. It confirms that people are really excited about our ascendancy to MLS. People are excited about the stadium in terms of a place to take in soccer.”

As of Monday, season tickets in 33 different seating sections were sold out. Fewer than 700 season tickets remain in the Timbers Army sections (101-108, 201-208), located at the north end of the stadium.

The Timbers will open the doors to their new home for the first time on Thursday, April 14, when they host the Chicago Fire.

To purchase your Portland Timbers season tickets, contact a ticket representative at (503) 553-5555. Season tickets start at $18 per game.