On Saturday, the National Women’s Soccer League issued the following press release:
CHICAGO (May 5, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and Portland Thorns FC announced today that Providence Park will host the 2018 NWSL Championship on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT on Lifetime.
“It is tribute to the amazing atmosphere created by the Portland Thorns FC and their supporters at Providence Park that the 2018 NWSL Championship will be back in the Rose City,” said NWSL Managing Director Amanda Duffy. “Providence Park is one of the most historic venues in the country and Portland is a city that boasts one of the most vibrant soccer scenes in America, making it a wonderful place to celebrate the culmination of the 2018 season.”
Providence Park has hosted three NWSL playoff games, including the 2015 championship match, which featured the largest crowd for an NWSL Championship match in league history (13,264). Thorns FC have led the NWSL in attendance in each of the league’s first five seasons.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the NWSL Championship once again this season,” said Mike Golub, president of business for Thorns FC. “As was the case in 2015, Providence Park will be a terrific setting for the league’s signature event.”
Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, June 7, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Fans will be able to purchase tickets by calling (888) 736-6849 or online at www.thornsfc.com. In addition, fans are also able to purchase tickets at the Providence Park box office. The Providence Park box office is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. Portland Thorns FC Annual Members will have access to an exclusive presale beginning Tuesday, June 5, with details to be emailed to annual members later this month. Tickets will be held for fans of both participating teams and will be made available in a special sales window once the teams are set.
Home to Thorns FC, the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and T2 of the United Soccer League, Providence Park seats 21,144 with an extensive stadium-expansion project underway to add approximately 4,000 seats for 2019. Thorns FC have led the NWSL in attendance in each of the league’s first five seasons, averaging 17,653 fans during the 2017 campaign. Originally constructed in 1926, the stadium has held a variety of premier sporting events over the decades, including the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the 2014 MLS All-Star Game and the 2015 NWSL Championship.
We're heading to the City of Roses to crown our next champions.
— NWSL (@NWSL) May 5, 2018
At the conclusion of the NWSL season, the top four teams in the standings qualify for the playoffs with the higher-seeded teams hosting the semifinal matches on the weekend of Sept. 14-16. The 2018 NWSL Championship marks the fourth consecutive year the title match is set to be contested at a predetermined site.
Lifetime will broadcast live all three games of the 2018 NWSL Playoffs and the matches will also be available for both live and on-demand streaming via the Lifetime iOS and Android apps and MyLifetime.com. International fans can watch on the NWSL app and NWSLsoccer.com.
The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) is the longest-running women’s professional soccer league in the United States. Now in its sixth season, the league features nine clubs including the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Seattle Reign FC, Sky Blue FC, Utah Royals FC and Washington Spirit.