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Away Trip - PDX - 8/23/19

Travel with ECS to see SSFC play outside of Seattle.

Unread postby Antiei30 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:17:54 pm

Linda wrote:Hello,
Is there a bathroom on the bus?
Thank you

Yes there is a bathroom on the bus. No number 2, save it for the pit stops.
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:25:32 pm

no1coug wrote:Is there handicap seating in our section?

Specifically for those that have ADA issues yes, but it is very limited. There are a set of stairs we have to go down into stadium at Gate G. If you cant do the stairs there will be plenty of us at that Gate G that can get stadium security to escort you through a proper ADA entrance and into our section.

If you can do stairs please see one of us in the area in front of our section and we will get you situated.
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Unread postby Antiei30 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:54:30 pm

Monkey Mail is below in its entirety. PDF Maps are also inlined for reference.


Hello Away Traveler,

Thank you for purchasing your PORTLAND AWAY ticket(s) through the Emerald City Supporters. You are part of over 800+ away travelers. It’s all on the line for this match, the Cascadia Cup, playoff positioning and bragging rights over our little neighbors to the south! You should read this email in its entirety like all the way to the bottom! There is a lot of information in it. 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 so our entire volunteer Monkey team can help answer them as we are available and in the mist of still organizing all the little details of this trip.

*watch this space (email for a message from ECS tomorrow)

**if you sold your ticket(s) or bus + match combo please forward this email and all the attachments to whom you sold them to so that they have all the necessary information.

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

Your PORTLAND AWAY ticket(s) for Friday, August 23, 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 have two buses, they will pickup at all locations. It does not matter whether you selected Tukwila, Tacoma or Olympia as your pick up location – all buses will stop at Northgate, Tacoma or Olympia and you can get on the bus at any of the three locations (see Monkey Email to bus purchasers sent on Tues 8/13/19 at 2:36 PM that advised of the change of pickup location change from Tukwila to Northgate). We will not hold the bus up for late arrivals at any bus pick up location. You will not receive a separate bus ticket. Just check in with the monkey on the ground with name of purchaser.

If you selected Tukwila-changed to Northgate on 8/23 as your pickup location:
Be at the Northgate Park n Ride SE (10404 3rd Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125) Meet at farthest south east corner of the park n ride parking lot, where 3rd Ave NE & NE 100th St meet no LATER than 11:00 AM! (see the Blue Star on the attached map). The buses will leave promptly at 11:15 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. Every bus spot is spoken for, so if you are a single traveler, please match up with other single travelers, to leave room for our Tacoma and Olympia bus riders.
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 Ride and congregate in the Parking lot- the side closer to Taco Time. You will meet a travel monkey there to check in, NO LATER than 12:45 PM (see the X on the attached map). The buses will arrive from Northgate by 12:45 PM and leave promptly at 1:00 PM and they WILL leave without you.
If you selected Olympia as your pickup location:
Be at the pickup location Three Magnets Brewing (address:600 Franklin St SE Olympia, WA) Give yourself plenty of time to find parking. You will meet a travel monkey there to check in, NO LATER than 1:45 PM (see the attached map). The buses will arrive from Tacoma by 2:00 PM and leave promptly at 2:15 PM and they WILL leave without you. But lets be honest you get to start your prefunc at our partner bar for our new Olympia subgroup Atlis Legion so you will probably be there well ahead of the deadline.
The buses will NOT be making a food stop. You might get hungry. Bring food to eat. We will have cans of our ECS beer Seattle Sunshine provided by Hellbent and some Hellbent IPA. You may bring your own drinks and alcoholic ones as well 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 the bus 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 very long day. If you puke on the bus- yes we will bill you for the fine and it is a lot. Don’t be that person.
Match-Only Purchasers:

AnR48 pre-func:
Our Portland subgroup AnR48s will be pre-funcing at Silver Dollar Pizza Co, not Goose Hallow as they have in the past. Silver Dollar address: 501 NW 21st Ave Portland, OR 97209.

Note that many other nearby bars to the stadium are Timbers-supporter-only and will refuse access to opposing fans. The pre-func will start any time after 2:00 PM.
A march from Silver Dollar will be coordinated by AnR 48’s and will leave at 4:30 PM to meet the buses and other match only purchasers at Gate G.

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) and leave yourself plenty of time to get to our gate entry.

Stadium Arrival (Bus Riders & Match-Only Purchasers):
Buses are scheduled to arrive at Providence Park at 5:00 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 and marchers to enter as a group. LEAVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME TO PARK AND BE AT THE GATE BY 5:30 PM. If you are delayed for any reason you must still enter at Gate G. All away ticket purchasers must enter at this gate. 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 G and we will have PDX stadium staff 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.
All tifo, including personal flags, two poles, etc must be present for entry and inspection at 5:00 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 the section. Providence Park will prevent entry of any other tifo not brought in with our tifo crew.

Water/Outside Beverages:
Providence Park will allow factory SEALED plastic water bottles as well as UNSEALED EMPTY plastic water bottles. Empty spray bottles are also allowed. Make sure you hydrate. High temps on Fri should be close to 80.

Entering the Stadium:
ECS Tifo crew only will go in first at 5:00 PM

After they enter, we will all pass through security together and enter the stadium starting at around 5:15 PM. Note that Providence Park now employs walk-through detectors, bag searches and will likely be doing pat downs for this match. 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 Seattle Sounders supporter groups and season ticket holders will be intermixed with our group. This being said both sections are to be treated as General Admission. Our sections are completely sold out. When you enter please move in all the way to the center. There is enough room to fit all of us.

ROWS 1-4 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 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.

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 G.

Match only purchasers once escorted out of the gate 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 Olympia is 12:30 AM or so. Tacoma will be a bit later. Northgate will be even later. Even travel monkeys have to respect the time space continuum.

Up the Sounders! Up the ECS!

ECS Travel Monkeys

Your travel monkey for this match is Eileen West. Best place to reach me is on travel monkey twitter or in the away trip forums.

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

Itinerary Recap:

10:00 AM- Find Pants & Coffee
10:30 AM- Print your Ticket & Don’t forget your provisions
11:00 AM- Northgate Bus Riders report
11:15 AM- Northgate Bus Depart for Tacoma
12:40 PM- Tacoma Bus Riders report
12:45 PM- Bus Arrives in Tacoma
1:00 PM- Bus leaves Tacoma for Olympia
2:00 PM- Buses arrive in Olympia, ARn48 Prefunc Starts
2:15 PM- Buses depart Olympia
3:45 PM- Buses arrive Gee Rest Stop
4:00 PM- Buses arrive at Gee Rest Stop
4:30 PM- March to Stadium by ARn48
5:00 PM- Buses arrive at Providence Park
5:00 PM- Tifo Crew Enters Providence Park
5:15 PM- All Opposing Fans Enter Providence Park
7:30 PMish- Sometime the match starts (thanks National TV)
7:31 PMish- Go Mental!
9:30 PMish- Match Ends- We Celebrate & Pass Tifo to the front during security hold
10:00 PMish- Exit Providence Park- Bus Riders immediately get on the buses
10:15 PMish- Buses Depart Providence Park
1:00 AMish- Bus drops at Olympia
2:00 AMish- Bus drop at Tacoma
3:00 AMish- Bus drops at Northgate

Correct Address for Three Magnets Brewing 600 Franklin St SE Olympia, WA- they are incorrect on the pdf below.

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