Bless Field officially open

Bless Field—a long-time Operation Pitch Invasion dream—is now open for play. On June 14, OPI was joined by young footballers from the New Columbia neighborhood and our biggest donors and fans to officially open Bless Field.

Among many other highlights, Portland Timbers President of Business Operations Mike Golub and 107 Independent Supporters Trust president Scott Swearingen announced their committment to help OPI realize similar projects in coming years, along with restated commitments for future support by Providence Health and Services and the Portland Development Commission.

Learn more about the event in the following articles and videos:

Timbers, Timbers Army help fund new children's soccer field in North Portland (Oregonian)

A New Place To Kick It (Portland Mercury)

New field is a blessing in North Portland (Portland Tribune)

Timbers and Operation Pitch Invasion open Bless Field (Portland Timbers – video)

Bless Field Ribbon Cutting Recap (Timbers Army)

Bless Field opens in North Portland (Providence)


None of this could have been possible without the financial and community support of the following:


Portland Timbers Football Club

Providence Health & Services

Widmer Bros.

Portland Development Commission





Factory North

Oregon Premier League


Knowledge Universe

105 Howitzers

The Duane Graf Family

Underdog Sports

Eleventy Ones

Pitch Invasion

And all the other many generous donors like you!

Our shared vision of spreading the love of the beautiful game across the Portland Metro area is now firmly in action. To help us keep the momentum going, volunteer, donate or help spread the word.

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  • Donate. Bless Field may be complete, but we have more projects in the hopper, as well as ongoing fundraising needs. The most direct way you can help is to send a few bucks our way. Every little bit makes a difference. Head on over to our donation form or contact us directly to make a donation.