The 107ist board is excited to announce we have acquired the first physical space that the Timbers Army and 107ist can call our home.
This space will allow the us to consolidate our property and supplies that have been taking up valuable space in members’ basements and garages across Portland. We will have a space to create small scale tifo projects, host various social events, provide valuable meeting space for our volunteer committees, serve as an information point for visiting supporters of the Timbers and other MLS teams and serve as a member meeting spot for game day ticket exchanges free of scalpers.
Over the course of the last 2 years the 107ist and Timbers Army have grown exponentially and this step became a necessity for our organization. In addition to the above benefits, the location on SW 17th and Alder provides us with the opportunity to join the Goose Hollow Neighborhood Association and further cement the Timbers Army and the Portland Timbers as substantial allies to the neighborhood we call home. The 107ist board feels this space provides the perfect opportunity to do all of that.
What do we call this new home of ours you may ask? It’s not a store and there is no intention to sell anything, we will still use the Merch-van for that so we have decided to run with the closest thing we could find and call it the Timbers Army Fanladen. A fanladen is an independent community center for supporters, and in Germany they are operated by fanprojects, which are essentially the independent non-profit supporter organizations equivalent to 107ist.
Small scale renovations are currently taking place to make the space feel like home and we feel you’ll be impressed with the work done so far. We have followed green building practices and constructed a bar made from 98% salvaged materials, waste materials from deconstruction and build out are being source separated and recycled, and all the doors have been re-purposed on site or from the Rebuilding Center.
We still have some work to finish, but look for another announcement coming soon to let you know when you can come down and see the space for yourselves.
Onward, Rose City!