- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Timbers have reached an agreement with Providence Health & Services to rename their downtown stadium Providence Park.

The stadium, also home to the National Women’s Soccer League champion Portland Thorns, has been named Jeld-Wen Field after the window and door manufacturer in the three seasons since the Timbers joined Major League Soccer in 2011.

Terms of the 15-year agreement with the healthcare provider were not announced on Monday. Providence is Oregon’s largest private employer.

Providence was one of the Timbers’ founding partners and the Providence Sports Care Center, located on the southeast corner of the stadium, serves the general public and team members. The company is also the primary jersey sponsor for the Thorns.

“It’s a perfect marriage,” Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said. “They’ve been a founding partner since right out of the gate.”

As part of the deal, Providence Park will host the first Special Olympics Oregon Fall Games since 2008 this year.

Jeld-Wen will continue to be involved with the Timbers’ community outreach programs.

The downtown facility was originally built in 1926 and was named Multnomah Stadium. In 1966, it was sold to the city and renamed Civic Stadium until PGE took over naming rights and it became PGE Park.

The stadium was first home to the Timbers when the team joined the North American Soccer League in the 1970s. It also hosted the Portland Beavers Triple-A baseball team, and has served as the home field for the Portland State Vikings football team.

Paulson also unveiled a new stadium logo in announcing the name change on Monday.

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