While many fans know JELD-WEN Field to be the beloved home of the Portland Timbers, the field itself has a long history going back all the way to 1926. With events ranging from football, rock concerts, dog racing, track and field, ski jumping and yes, soccer, JELD-WEN Field is full of great stories and memorable people. Though the Timbers Army is known for belting out "Can't Help Falling in Love" in the 85th minute of every home soccer match, few may know that Elvis first arrived in the building in 1957. Here is the story.
Entering the stadium in a white convertible, Elvis Presley brough his West Coast tour to Multnomah Stadium (JELD-WEN Field) on Sept. 2, 1957, one day after performing a pair of shows in Tacoma and Seattle. His hectic day in Portland included a gathering of nearly 500 fans awaiting his arrival via private rail at Union Station and a swarm of Additional fans hoping for a glipse of the iconic star at his hotel. In an interview with KGW upon his arrival at Union Station, Elvis explained the mob scene: "I odn't mind it, in fact, you come into a place and there's nobody there to meet you, you start wondering, you know?" Having failed to see the elusive Elvis earlier in the day, fans lined up at Multnomah Stadium several hours before the concert. Despite reports of "near-riot conditions" created by screaming fans, Elvis ripped through his 40-minute set that night at Multnomah Stadium, showcasing such hits as "Don't Be Cruel" and "Teddy Bear." Elvis later returned to Portland's Memorial Coliseum in the 1970s but his appearance in 1957 marked his only appearace at the venerable stadium on the corner of 20th and Morrison.