Welcome your NWSL Champion Thorns back to the Rose City today! The FO says they will arrive at the Portland International Airport around 11:30AM near D-E concourse. Here are the details:
We are allowed to welcome the team—the 10-15 players who are coming back to PDX right away, anyhow—after they get out of the secured area (D/E gates side, which is to the right of the terminal building, on the departure level), but it is SUPER important that everyone fans out, almost like a gauntlet, so there isn’t a crush right at the end there. We’ve been told we can go all the way back to the Beaches store (which is on the corner, after the ticketing counters hallway) and into the hallway if need be.
The Port has also asked that we make sure not to block any entrances/access to stores, the security line, and the kids’ playground in that area. Essentially, they are a little worried about us hindering other passenger traffic, since it is such a busy day (being Labor Day weekend). Everyone at PDX is aware of the planned greet, and we might get some crowd control assistance from Port Police if it becomes an issue.
Hope to see you up there shortly!