PSU Vikings at Jeld-Wen Field

Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, OR

[/caption] Since I wasn’t able to find a ticket to a Portland Timbers MLS game I decided that I would attend a Portland State football game in order to have the chance to check out the new and improved Jeld-Wen field. I was hoping to photograph the stadium during a sold out soccer match but this was going to have to do. However, I was pretty happy since the tickets were only $17.00 for general admission and I was able to walk around the entire SW to NE part of the stadium while I took several photos at different vantage points. I will even have to say that I had a better time taking photos here than I have had at Autzen stadium or Reser stadium. I think its mostly due to the fact that you can see some of the high rises in and around the stadium as well as a very new and old feel of jeld-Wen. After doing a little research I was pleasantly surprised to find out just how much history there is. Elvis Presley performed one of the first outdoor stadium rock concerts in music history on September 2, 1957. Even some of the bleachers in the stands are the original benches from when the stadium first opened in 1926. I decided to post this particular photo since the clouds and sky are awesome as well as the buildings behind the stadium create a fantastic feel. If you look in the bottom right of the photo you can see the tables on the field. Not a bad place to have a beer and watch a game. You can also see how the newer part of the stadium blends very well with the original grandstands. It’s also almost impossible to find a bad seat since I walked along the upper parts of the stadium and only the seats that are directly behind the steel beams obscure your view. I took this shot while using my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had the focal length at 17mm in order to get the most panoramic photo that I could.

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