The new configuration will include 4,000 additional seats, three elevated decks, and a 160-foot rooftop canopy.
WHAT SHE’S DOING: Providence Park is locked in by streets and buildings on all sides, so Chelsea and her team needed to find a way to squeeze more seats onto the same footprint.
Their solution was inspired by two international examples: La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires and the Shakespearean Globe Theatre in London, which both use tiered, vertical seating to get the audience close to the action.
FUN FACT: The original designs for Providence Park (known then as Multnomah Stadium) called for a full “U”-shaped stadium extending all the way along 18th Avenue. Chelsea saw the new expansion as an opportunity to complete what was meant to be built in the outset.
QUOTABLE: “We don’t have to scrape away the stadium and go build something shiny elsewhere. We can really build upon the fabric of our city and make it a more innovative and beautiful place to live.” — Chelsea Grassinger