Major League Soccer All Star Game Grants

On August 6, 2014, Portland hosted the 2014 MLS All Star Game and the city had a week’s worth of celebration around the event. This was the first major-league All Star game of any sport to take place in Portland and was broadcast to 150 countries.

To help business districts take advantage of the more than 100,000 visitors coming to Portland for the game, Venture Portland offered one-time ‘Soccer Grants’ for business district activities. Projects leveraged the international spotlight on Portland, attracted visitors to shop, dine and play in business districts and engaged local soccer fans.