A game changer for Portland State

Viking Pavilion

Portland State University’s new Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center — a first-of-its-kind athletics, academics and community facility — will soon be buzzing with activity such as sports, concerts, speakers and conferences.

The $52.1-million ultra-modern events center — with its striking all-glass façade and a reclaimed wood hull mounted high on the concourse wall that’s reminiscent of a Viking ship — will have its grand opening on April 9. 

The Viking Pavilion will host a steady stream of Portland State volleyball and basketball games along with tech conferences, graduation ceremonies, formal dinners and arts performances. It’s the new home of Portland State Athletics, whose offices were once spread out across campus.

Sitting on the southern tip of the city’s South Park Blocks, the venue is designed to achieve LEED gold certification, covers 141,700 square feet and can accommodate up to 3,400 people.

The Viking Pavilion was the result of an ambitious project to remodel the Peter W. Stott Center, an aging facility from the 1960s that the athletic department has outgrown. In the addition to the multi-event arena, the renovation created student lounges, five general access classrooms, an OHSU Sports Medicine Center, athletics administrative offices and a weight room. A cafe and the new Beetham Athletics Hall of Fame will open in fall 2018.

“It’s hard to overstate the impact the Viking Pavilion will have on PSU athletics,” said Valerie Cleary, PSU’s athletic director. “Never in Vikings Athletics history has the entire department been housed under one roof. With the Stott Center renovation, not only will we have a state-of-the-art athletics training and game facility but we’ll also be unveiling an amazing space in the heart of the city that the Portland community can use. It’s an exciting day for Vikings Athletics and our PSU community.”

Funding for the project, which began in August 2013, came primarily from private gifts to PSU, along with state bonds and student fees. No general funds or student tuition dollars were used to fund the improvements.

The project was done in partnership with OHSU, which provided $7.5 million in funding and will be operating the sports medicine center to treat Portland State student-athletes. 

The Viking Pavilion hosted its first event this week — TechfestNW 2018.  The Pacific Northwest’s largest tech conference featured world-class leaders and entrepreneurs discussing topics such as health, food, transit and inclusivity in tech.

Some upcoming spring events at the Viking Pavilion are its grand opening ceremony, concerts, gala dinners, a wellness fair and commencement exercises for PSU’s Graduate School of Education and The School of Business.

Story by Kurt Bedell
Photos by Pete Eckert
Renderings by Woofter Architects/Perkins+Will

Quick facts about the Viking Pavilion at the Peter W. Stott Center:

Home to Portland State Athletics
New arena will host Vikings volleyball and basketball games
Renovated weight room, locker rooms and athletics administrative offices
New OHSU Sports Medicine Center
Beetham Athletics Hall of Fame coming in fall 2018
Arena seating can accommodate up to 3,000 people, 3,400 with floor seating
Five new general pool classrooms
Total square footage is 141,700
New student lounges
New café coming in fall 2018
Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification
Project Start Date: August 2013
Cost: $52.1 million. Funding does not come from general operating funds or student tuition dollars.
$19.1 million in private gifts and PSU project funds
$7.5 million sponsorship from OHSU
$24 million from state bonds
$1.5 million in student fees
Architect: Woofter Architects/Perkins+Will
General Contractor: Fortis Construction

Viking Pavilion Grand Opening Celebration
Monday, April 9, 12-2 p.m.

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Viking Pavilion Student Fan Fest
Monday, April 9, 4 p.m. 
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