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Away Trip - Portland- 5/13/18

Travel with ECS to see SSFC play outside of Seattle.

Unread postby Antiei30 » Thu Jan 4, 2018 2:22:55 pm

Monkey Update: Tickets for this match will go on sale to current ECS Members at noon tomorrow 3/10.

Pre-warning this will be a very early morning bus call, but also our 100th match vs Portland!

MONKEY TAKEOVER:

ECS MONKEY MAIL ROUND 1| PORTLAND AWAY | MAY 13, 2018

Hello Away Traveler,

Thank you for purchasing your PORTLAND AWAY ticket(s) through the Emerald City Supporters. You are part of over 500+ away travelers. You should read this entire email. Normally I would hype the match here but it’s our rival you are already going to be hyped. You might have questions after reading it. You should read it again, because I am very confident your questions will be answered. If not please use the away trip forum to ask questions (go to last entry here on the forum) so our entire Monkey team can help answer them as we are available and in the mist of still organizing all the little details of this trip.

Here is everything you need to know to support to your fullest:

Tickets:
Your PORTLAND AWAY ticket(s) for Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Providence Park in Portland, OR, are attached to this email. Providence Park does allow scanning of your ticket on your mobile device. A word of warning your cell phone must be charged and the screen brightness turned up in order for them to be read properly by PDX scanners. If for any reason your ticket does not scan on your mobile device you will have to go find a Kinko’s to print it. Better off not chancing it and printing your ticket(s), bring them with you, and keep them on your person for the entirety of the match.

Bus Riders:
PRINT YOUR MATCH TICKETS AND BRING THEM WITH YOU. Plus unless you have a cellphone battery pack it will die before you get to Providence Park. We will have two buses, so it does not matter whether you selected Tacoma or Tukwila – all buses will stop at both locations. We will not hold the bus up for late arrivals at either bus location. You will not receive a separate bus ticket. Just check in with the Monkey on the ground.

If you selected Tukwila as your pickup location:
Be at the Tukwila International Blvd Light Rail Station Park & Ride (15426 35th Ave S, Tukwila, WA) near International Blvd & SR 518 NO LATER than 6:10 AM (see the Blue Star on the attached map). The buses will leave promptly at 6:30 AM and they WILL leave without you. You may have difficulty finding parking so leave yourself plenty of time to park and check in with your bus captains. If you are taking the light rail, make sure you take an early enough train to arrive by 6:10 AM. Please spread yourselves out throughout the two buses and leave room for your Tacoma busmates.
If you selected Tacoma as your pickup location:
Be at the pickup location SR512/I5 Park and Ride (address: 10617 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma) Park at the Park n Rider and congregate in the McDonalds Parking lot- the side closer to Taco Time. You will meet a travel monkey there to check in, NO LATER than 6:50 AM (see the X on the attached map). The buses will arrive from Tukwila by 7:00 AM and leave promptly at 7:15 AM and they WILL leave without you.
The buses will NOT be making a food stop. You might get hungry. Bring food to eat. We will have Capo’s Choice in kegs courtesy of Hell Bent. You may bring your own drinks too. NO GLASS ALLOWED. We will make a stop at Gee Creek Rest Area for restrooms and to store booze under the bus. No booze is allowed on buses after the rest stop. Our banquet permit is for the State of WA only. One more note for bus riders: Pace yourself it’s a long day. If you puke on the bus- yes we will bill you for the fine. Don’t be that person.
Match-Only Purchasers:
PRINT YOUR TICKETS AND BRING THEM WITH YOU.

Portland pre-func:
Our designated pre-func location in Portland for our match-only purchasers is at Goose Hollow Inn at 1927 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201; they are Sounder-supporter-friendly.
Note that many other nearby bars are Timbers-supporter-onlyand will refuse access to opposing fans. The pre-func will start at 10:00 AM when the doors open.
The march from Goose Hollow Inn will be coordinated by AnR 48’s and will leave at 11:00 AM to meet the buses.

Parking:
There is no visiting supporters designated parking. Many nearby lots fill up quickly. We recommend wherever you park to avoid walking along SW Morrison St (N edge of the stadium) and SW 18th Ave (E edge of the stadium).

If you choose not to attend the pre-func or march to the match you will still need to meet us at Gate 5 no later than 11:30 AM. Please leave the entry way to the Gate 5 open- so that tifo crew can bring all of the tifo items off the bus and to the front quickly upon arrival.

Stadium Arrival (Bus Riders & Match-Only Purchasers):
Buses are scheduled to arrive at Providence Park at 11:00 AM and will be unloading along SW 20th Ave. (See the attached map.) AT NO TIME IS ANYONE PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE BUS/TICKET/ENTRANCE AREA. We don't want anyone getting separated from the group and winding up in trouble.
Per MLS rules, all away fans must enter as a group – this means if you drove yourself you will need to meet the buses to enter as a group. LEAVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO PARK AND MEET THE BUSES.
MATCH-ONLY PURCHASERS NEED TO MEET THE BUSES no later than 11:30 AM. If you are delayed for any reason you must still enter at Gate 5.
We are all entering at Gate 5. All away ticket purchasers must enter at Gate 5. You will not be allowed to enter any other entrance (except for ADA which will be escorted by stadium security- please meet us at Gate 5 and we will assist you) and then be allowed into the supporter section. In addition, you will not be allowed to roam anywhere else in Providence Park. We are kept to our section location.
Tifo:
For this match, ECS has permission for two poles and flags up to 5’x5’. We will provide the poles needed, so please bring your personal tifo to fill the section with color and support for the boys! All tifo, including personal flags and two poles must be present for entry and inspection at 11:00 AM and brought into Providence Park by our tifo crew. You must give your items to the tifo crew to bring into Providence Park, don’t worry they will be there waiting for you when you get inside. Providence Park will prevent entry of any other tifo after that time.

Water/Outside Beverages:
Providence Park will allow factory SEALED water bottles as well as UNSEALED EMPTY plastic water bottles. Gametime temps are estimated to be in mid to late 80's. So make sure you hydrate.

Entering the Stadium:
ECS Tifo crew will go in first.

After they enter, we will all pass through security together and enter the stadium. Note that Providence Park now employs walk-through detectors, bag searches and sometimes pat downs. Their bag policy is 14 x 14 x 6 soft sided bags, but have not yet moved to a clear bag requirement.

Fans who are visibly intoxicated may be denied entry by Providence Park. Don’t be that supporter.

ECS will be in sections 222 and 223 for this match. It does not really matter what your ticket says. The other supporter groups and season ticket holders will be intermixed with our group. This being said both sections are to be treated as General Admission.

ROWS 1 & 2 WILL BE FOR CAPOS, ECS SECURITY AND TIFO CREW ONLY. THIS WILL BE ENFORCED BY PROVIDENCE PARK. No one is allowed to sit in any of these rows. Do not hang out in the concourse in front of our section.

FRIENDS OR FAMILY IN OTHER MLS TEAM GEAR OR COLORS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STAND WITH US. Section 222/ 223 at Providence Park is designated for fans and supporters of Seattle Sounders FC. If you or someone in your group is wearing colors of another MLS team, they will be asked to remove those items. If they refuse, we will try to have your group reseated. If stadium staff cannot accommodate a reseating, then your group will be asked to leave.

AGAIN, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN IN OUR SECTION, AND WE DON’T CARE HOW IT WORKS IN OTHER AMERICAN SPORTS. WE NEGOTIATED THIS GROUP RATE, WE ORGANIZED THIS TRIP, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE FOR ANY REASON. -yes, we’re pretty serious about this.

Gametime (Important Information):

Emerald City Supporters is a supporters group. That's important to remember. Our reason for being at the match is to spur our boys to victory; everything else is secondary.

• Our section will be treated as General Admission; we do not enforce seat assignments. Tifo, capos, and security will be in rows 1 and 2. Everyone else is invited to stand where they feel most comfortable in Sections 222/223.

• Don't drink so much that you get sloppy and give anything less than your best. YOUR BEST IS EXPECTED. You should work to exceed that.


• Do not engage in any way with home fans. Security will keep them at bay; there's no need to engage in any wordplay, taunting, threats, etc. If you have an issue, notify ECS security or travel monkey or lastly stadium staff.

• You should expect that you will be under surveillance at all times while at Providence Park and conduct yourselves accordingly. BEHAVE AS THOUGH YOU ARE BEING WATCHED, BECAUSE YOU ARE.


Postgame:
Standard procedure for all MLS matches is to hold the visiting supporters in the section for up to 30 minutes in order to give the home fans time to clear the concourses. The timing of our release will be determined by stadium security. You may have attended another away trip where this might not have been the case. There are no exceptions for anyone for any reason for this hold at Providence Park. We will collect tifo items down to the front and have a chance to celebrate 3 points. We will then be escorted by stadium security and local police out of our section and will proceed back out of Gate 5.

Match only purchasers once escorted out of Gate 5 are free to leave the area. I would highly suggest you tie your scarves and walk in groups for your own safety.

Bus riders get back on the bus (the same bus you rode up in, please), ETA in Tacoma is 6:30 PM or so. Tukwila will be a bit later. Even travel monkeys have to respect the time space continuum.

Up the Sounders! Up the ECS!

ECS Travel Monkeys

P.S. For up to the moment happenings, follow us on Twitter @ECSTravelMonkey.


Itinerary Recap:


5:00 AM- Find Pants
5:10 AM- Print your Ticket & Dont forget your provisions
6:10 AM- Tukwila Bus Riders report
6:30 AM- Tukwila Buses Depart for Tacoma
6:50 AM- Tacoma Bus Riders report
7:00 AM- Buses arive in Tacoma
7:15 AM- Buses leave Tacoma for Gee Rest Stop
10:00 AM- Prefunc Goose Hallow for Match only purchasers
10:30 AM- Buses arrive at Gee Rest Stop
10:45 AM- Buses leave Rest Stop for Providence Park
11:00 AM- Tifo Crew Enters Providence Park, Buses Arrive, March to Match starts from Goose Hallow
11:30 AM- All Opposing Fans Enter Provider Park
1:00 PMish- Sometime the match starts (thanks National TV)
1:01 PMish- Go Mental!
3:00 PMish- Match Ends- We Celebrate & Pass Tifo to the front during security hold
3:30 PMish- Exit Provide Park- Bus Riders immediately get on the buses
6:30 PMish- Bus drops at Tacoma
7:00 PMish- Bus drop at Tukwila
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Unread postby Grandmaml » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:08:56 pm

3/17/18: Update

3/24/18 @ noon Pacific- Ticket limit for current ECS Members will increase from 2 to 4. That means if you already purchased two, you can purchase an additional two starting at noon on 3/24. If you have yet to purchase you can purchase a total of 4.
3/31/18 @ noon Pacific: Match only and ticket + bus combos will go on sale to non-members. If you are a member after this time, make sure you log in to get your discount.
4/15/18 @ noon Pacific is the new purchase deadline for both members and non-members.

The link for purchasing is right here: https://www.weareecs.com/shop/product/1379-pdx-away-i-may-13-2018
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Unread postby Reagan » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:20:15 am

Is anyone else having trouble purchasing tickets - there is no box to click when I go to the store site ?
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:25:33 pm

Reagan wrote:Is anyone else having trouble purchasing tickets - there is no box to click when I go to the store site ?


Sometimes we have to take the store item offline to adjust bus quantities. You might just have picked that exact time. There are still plenty of match only and match + bus combos available.
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Unread postby mikewarbington » Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:11:16 pm

Will all busses be making stops in both Tukwila and Tacoma? My pickup location is variable based on other arrangements so I want to be sure I'll have a seat regardless of which option I choose. (Also, party members may need different pickup locations.)
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Unread postby RightFootHammer » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:14:48 am

mikewarbington wrote:Will all busses be making stops in both Tukwila and Tacoma? My pickup location is variable based on other arrangements so I want to be sure I'll have a seat regardless of which option I choose. (Also, party members may need different pickup locations.)



All busses will make all stops.
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:29:42 pm

If you choose Tukwila but end up getting on in Tacoma an email travel@wearecs.com or twitter DM to Travel monkey twitter would be appreciated. That way we dont waste time waiting for you in Tukwila.
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Unread postby mikewarbington » Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:41:06 pm

Thank you. Now it looks like I'll be travelling down for the weekend on my own, so I'll just purchase match only tickets. Thank you for the clarification though!
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Unread postby tom.glanz » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:11:04 pm

Does anyone know what section we're in?
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Tue May 1, 2018 8:27:50 am

Extended deadline to purchase to Fri 5/4 @ noon Pacific.
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Unread postby lnaehrig » Thu May 3, 2018 8:03:17 am

Where can I find information on match day events in Portland? Is there a march-to-the-match in Portland or are we meeting somewhere prior to the game?
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Unread postby Himynameisryan » Thu May 3, 2018 8:59:28 am

I just read that the plan is to meet at: Goose Hollow Inn, 1927 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201 and march to the buses to the match.
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Fri May 4, 2018 12:09:26 am

Himynameisryan wrote:I just read that the plan is to meet at: Goose Hollow Inn, 1927 SW Jefferson St, Portland, OR 97201 and march to the buses to the match.


That is the current plan. Waiting for final confirmation and timing. That will be in the Monkey Mail (email) about 3-4 days prior to the match.
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Unread postby afroviking » Fri May 4, 2018 3:30:27 pm

Just purchansed tickets. Any insight as to where will-call will be?
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Fri May 4, 2018 10:34:41 pm

afroviking wrote:Just purchansed tickets. Any insight as to where will-call will be?


If you go back to the purchase page and scroll down to the purchase description it will tell you everything you need to know. Or I can tell you now, look for Monkey Mail (an email) that will be sent to all purchasers about 3-4 days prior to the match. Your tickets will be attached to the Monkey Mail.
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