Hillsboro Stadium

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Hillsboro Stadium
Location 4460 NW 229th Avenue
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
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Owner City of Hillsboro
Operator City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department
Capacity 7,600 and 10,000 for portland state football
Surface FieldTurf
Opened 1999
Renovated 2010 (new turf)
Construction cost $7,500,000 USD
Architect GBD Architects
Century High School (football and lacrosse)
Pacific University (2007)
Portland State Vikings (NCAA) (2000, 2010)
Portland Stags (MLU) (2013–present)
Hillsboro Parks

Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States is a multi-sport stadium owned by the city of Hillsboro. Opened in 1999, 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. The facility hosts home football games for Century High School and 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. It is adjacent to the 2013-opened Hillsboro Ballpark.


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

In 2000, the facility was expanded to increase 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 then 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 football team held their annual spring game at the stadium. This scrimmage event 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]

On August 9, 2008, the stadium hosted a regular season game between the Philadelphia Barrage and the New Jersey Pride of Major League Lacrosse (MLL).[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 in June 2009.[10]

In February 2010, the facilities artificial turf was replaced for the first time, with FieldTurf replacing the original AstroTurf.[11] The renovation cost $988,000, of which the school district covered $250,000 of those costs.[11] Hillsboro Stadium is scheduled to host the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Girls 16B Western National Championship in August 2010.[12] The stadium will be used for opening ceremonies and some games will be played on-site,[12] while another ASA tournament in scheduled for the stadium in 2012.[11]

Portland State again used the stadium in May 2010 for its spring football game, and held its home football games during the 2010 season at Hillsboro Stadium.[11][13] The home games were held at the stadium while then PGE Park (now Jeld-Wen Field) underwent a remodel to prepare for Major League Soccer.[11][14] Also due to those renovations, Central Catholic High School played its home football games at Hillsboro Stadium.[15] 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.[16] Portland State again played at the venue for one game in 2015 when Providence Park was unavailable due to its use as a Portland Timbers venue.


File:Hillsboro Stadium field.JPG
Playing surface at the stadium

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 south side of the field and contains locker rooms, concession stands, and team training facilities.[18] Seating capacity is around 7,600 people.[4] 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 High School.[4][11] The stadium also hosts other events such as foot races,[20] Oregon School Activities Association state football playoffs,[21][22] Cyclocross (Cross Crusade),[23] expositions for rally cars,[24] and high school band competitions.[25]

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Rollins, Ian. "New stadium attracts wide interest", The Hillsboro Argus, August 29, 2000.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 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). 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. 9.0 9.1 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Fitzgibbon, Joe (March 3, 2010). "Hillsboro Stadium gets $1 million makeover, installs FieldTurf surface". The Oregonian. Retrieved 4 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 Gregory, Roger (December 18, 2008). "Hillsboro stadium picked for softball tournament". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  16. Fehrenbacher, Lee (April 4, 2012). "Hillsboro considering construction of $11M baseball stadium". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved April 4, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. About Glumac: Awards. Glumac. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Sports Complexes: Gordon Faber Recreation Complex. Hillsboro Parks & Recreation. Retrieved on October 3, 2007.
  19. "Site Plan" (PDF). Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department. Retrieved 4 March 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  20. 5K race. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross. 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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