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11/4/18- PDX Away Trip - Western Conference Semis Leg 1

Travel with ECS to see SSFC play outside of Seattle.

Unread postby Antiei30 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:05:53 pm




Hello Away Traveler,

Thank you for purchasing your PORTLAND AWAY ticket(s) through the Emerald City Supporters for the Western Conference Semifinals, Leg 1. You are part of over 800+ away travelers. You might have questions after reading it this monkey mail. 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 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:


Your PORTLAND AWAY ticket(s) for Sunday, November 4, 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 one bus, so it does not matter whether you selected Tacoma or Tukwila – all buses will stop at both locations. But, 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 all they need is your name.

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 8:15 AM (see the Blue Star on the attached map). The buses will leave promptly at 8:30 AM and they WILL leave without you. You may have difficulty finding parking because there is also a Seahawks game and the parking lots fill up. See the attached map where you can find 2nd Parking (it’s the white blob to the right of where you see 2nd Parking and above S 154th St). It is up the street from the Blue Star. There is a ramp to go up to the overflow parking lot/open garage. 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 8:15 AM. You will need to walk north from the light rail and cross International Blvd to the parking lot across the street again where the Blue Star is on the attached map. When you get on the bus leave room for your Tacoma bus mates.

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 8:55 AM (see the X on the attached map). The buses will arrive from Tukwila by 9:00 AM and leave promptly at 9:15 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 not have kegs on the bus, we wanted to bring more people instead. You may bring your own alcoholic and/or other drinks and feel free to bring some to share with your bus mates. NO GLASS ALLOWED. We will make a quick 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:


Portland pre-func:

Our designated pre-func location in Portland is not available for this match. We tried but were unable to secure a location with the short turnaround time and the conflict of the Seahawks match. Many of the bars right in and near providence park are Timbers only bars. You can go here https://www.timbers.com/matchday/timbers-pub-partners to see a list of their partner bars which I would highly suggest you stay away from. Wherever you find to prefunc, just remember this a playoff match between our rivals. TIE YOUR SCARVES and be situationally aware.


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). LEAVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO PARK AND MEET THE BUSES.

You will still need to meet us at Gate 5 no later than 1:00 PM. Please leave the entry way to the 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 12:30 PM 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.

MATCH-ONLY PURCHASERS NEED TO MEET THE BUSES no later than 1:00 PM. 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) 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.


For this match, ECS encourages you to bring your personal two poles. We will provide the poles needed, we want 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 12:30 PM 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.

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 and all Sounders fans 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 as well. 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.


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 first couple of rows. 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.

PLEASE BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER! Tensions and emotions are going to be extremely high even within our own group. This is the playoffs against our biggest rival. You may have never been to a match at Providence Park- that is okay it is intense. The section will be treated as General Admission. There will be flags, two poles, etc raised even during the run of play. If you are not in a place where you feel comfortable then move. This is why our section is treated as General Admission you are free to find a spot where you are comfortable.


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 9:30 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!
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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, Get on the road if you are driving
8:15 AM- Tukwila Bus Riders report
8:30 AM- Tukwila Buses Depart for Tacoma
8:55 AM- Tacoma Bus Riders report
9:00 AM- Bus arrives in Tacoma
9:15 AM- Bus leaves Tacoma for Gee Rest Stop
11:45 AM- Buses arrive at Gee Rest Stop
12:00 PM- Buses leave Rest Stop for Providence Park
12:30 PM- Tifo Crew Enters Providence Park, Buses Arrive
1:00 PM- All Opposing Fans Enter Provider Park
2:33 PMish- Sometime the match starts (thanks National TV)
2:35 PMish- Go Mental!
4:00 PMish- Match Ends- We Celebrate & Pass Tifo to the front during security hold
4:30 PMish- Exit Provide Park- Bus Riders immediately get on the buses
9:30 PMish- Bus drops at Tacoma
10:15 PMish- Bus drop at Tukwila

DAL vs PDX Wed 10/31- Dallas lost to a 10 men PDX.
LAFC vs RSL Thur 11/1

Depending upon the results of both matches we could be playing @LAFC if they win vs RSL. If RSL win that match we will play the winner of DAL vs PDX. There is no scenario where we will play at RSL for Leg 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

We will not know until the conclusion of Thursday's match. Monkeys are already on top of things & will be prepared to put tickets on sale shortly after the match on Thursday 11/1. Until then sit back and enjoy as we earned this position.

You should also read this great post by Dave about how to find last minute airfare deals: https://www.weareecs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=30470

Feel free to post below if you are looking for a potential travel buddy to share hotel and airfare costs.

There will be a group meeting at the Atlantic Crossing on Thursday night to watch the LAFC v RSL match and planning away travel so head out if you are looking for some travel goodness.
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Unread postby Mavic » Sun Oct 28, 2018 8:57:38 pm

Nice.....hopefully LAFC, will offer more to away supporters, than last time. I actually rather play Portscum, just because, I think they are a weaker team, out of the three.
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:23:31 am

Mavic wrote:Nice.....hopefully LAFC, will offer more to away supporters, than last time. I actually rather play Portscum, just because, I think they are a weaker team, out of the three.

Been waiting on LAFC since 10/18 so hold your breath or cross your fingers and hope.
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:43:27 pm

A little 10/31/18 update from your Travel Monkeys re: our potential matchups:

If PDX= tickets will initially be limited to 1 per current 2018 ECS Member, we will have both match only and bus combos, there will only be one bus-in total we have a very limited allotment- #FORC Monkey Edit: If it is PDX- monkeys will post the purchase description page (so you have time to read it in its entirety- and set a specific time for ability to purchase.

If LAFC= tickets will initially be limited to 2 per current 2018 ECS Member

10/31- Monkey Edit- Somehow DAL couldn't beat a 10 men PDX and have now been eliminated.

Your travel monkeys are prepared to go on sale with any of the three potential matchups- immediately following the conclusion of the LAFC vs RSL match on Thursday 11/1. We will post via twitter @ECSTravelMonkey as soon as the item is up in the store and available to purchase. You should expect that tickets will sell out quickly.

*Please note, the actual match kickoff times will not be known until MLS announces them so keep that in mind when purchasing. No refunds. No exchanges.

*Please note, that for any away match- we are required to enter as a group, at least 2 hours prior to the match kickoff. We will meet up at tailgates/prefunc likely 4 hours prior to match kickoff please keep this in mind when making your travel arrangements.

*Read the entire purchase description page before purchasing.
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:43:59 pm

I forgot to mention that no matter who our match up is, this will become the official away trip thread.
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Unread postby klsalas » Thu Nov 1, 2018 3:02:43 pm

Thanks! Hope we will offer them not a single ticket more than they are allotting for our supporters. FORC!
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Unread postby mindi » Thu Nov 1, 2018 10:07:59 pm

Monkeys, you're amazing.
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Unread postby Python6114 » Thu Nov 1, 2018 10:53:36 pm

Did it sell out already? Or will it go on sale later? I saw a date. But no time on the page.

Thank you.
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Unread postby mindi » Thu Nov 1, 2018 10:54:35 pm

Python6114 wrote:Did it sell out already? Or will it go on sale later? I saw a date. But no time on the page.

Thank you.

Monkeys said 10:45 on twitter, then held it for some additional adjustments going on right now.
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Unread postby Atcjake » Thu Nov 1, 2018 10:57:41 pm

Living in Vancouver, need a ticket. If anyone can help me out, I will buy beers at the return leg.
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Unread postby Nagkumar » Thu Nov 1, 2018 11:02:42 pm

Hello! I want to join the tour with a friend for the away game. Just discovered this site and we are season ticket holders. I went to an away game in Boston, had a great experience. I want to know if I can join the group if I get a regular ticket.
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Unread postby peteynice » Thu Nov 1, 2018 11:14:19 pm

I appreciate all of the work that the Travel Monkeys do for us. However, at this point, I would like to see the onsale time moved to tomorrow. Whether or not you get to go to the game on Sunday should not be determined by how late you can stay up.
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Unread postby Seattlenick8 » Thu Nov 1, 2018 11:21:20 pm

Season ticket holder here looking for a ticket to Sunday's match. I just happen to be in Portland this weekend and would love to go to this game. Have had the pleasure of traveling and sitting with the ECS the last 4 years at Providence Park a f would love to join for this game as well. If you are able to help out get ahold of me... Thanks and Go Sounders!!!
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Unread postby Blutodawg » Thu Nov 1, 2018 11:39:44 pm

Dear monkeys,

Feel free to r/roastme on this one. Are the tickets allocated to the ECS numbered differently in any way from a normal ticket. What I'm getting at is can I buy a TA ticket and scan it at our gate as any other so I can sit with mi Familia?
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Fri Nov 2, 2018 1:37:51 am

Blutodawg wrote:Dear monkeys,

Feel free to r/roastme on this one. Are the tickets allocated to the ECS numbered differently in any way from a normal ticket. What I'm getting at is can I buy a TA ticket and scan it at our gate as any other so I can sit with mi Familia?

No you cannot buy a ticket in another section of the stadium & join us. Our tickets are allotted differently.
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