timbers_logoPORTLAND – (March 7, 2012) – QDOBA Oregon, a local leader in the fast-casual industry known for its innovative and fresh Mexican cuisine options, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year contract as a sponsor of the MLS Portland Timbers.

“The Portland Timbers are outstanding representatives of everything Oregon stands for. As a locally-owned Oregon business, QDOBA Oregon is very proud to announce our strategic partnership with the Portland Timbers, “said Stan Kramer, QDOBA Oregon owner and operator of nine QDOBA locations.” At QDOBA, we are passionate about our customers and the things they are passionate about – and Oregonians are passionate about their sports teams. Now, our customers can get fresh, QDOBA Mexican food at every Timbers game while passionately supporting their favorite MLS team”.

As part of the three-year agreement, QDOBA will offer its fresh cuisine options as an official vendor at JELD-WEN FIELD. Also part of the partnership, QDOBA will sponsor the new video segment, “We are the Rose City.” The TimberVision promotion will feature stories of passionate Timbers fans and the extreme ways they demonstrate their devotion to the team. This video segment and other in-stadium promotions are key marketing components of the new partnership between the Timbers and QDOBA Oregon.

“We are proud of our new strategic partnership with QDOBA Oregon. While QDOBA is a strong national brand, the ownership of QDOBA Oregon is local, which ties into the Portland Timbers core objective of partnering with companies with strong local community ties,” said Ryan Brach, senior vice president of business development and broadcasting of the Timbers.

The Timbers officially start the regular season on Monday, March 12 at JELD-WEN Field vs. Philadelphia. QDOBA will offer its most popular menu items at their vending outlets, including burritos, nachos, and quesadillas.

About QDOBA Oregon: QDOBA Mexican Eats is a locally-owned and operated fast casual Mexican restaurant where anyone can go to enjoy a fast, handcrafted meal prepared with fresh ingredients and innovative flavors. QDOBA offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as affordable catering services. There are nine QDOBA Oregon locations. As a locally-owned business, QDOBA Oregon is extremely active in supporting local schools, charities and civic organizations. QDOBA Oregon has similar sponsorship agreements with the Portland Trail Blazers, the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers which means QDOBA customers can get their favorite fresh Mexican food at all of their favorite sports venues, no matter which team they support.

On March 20, 2009, Major League Soccer (MLS) awarded Portland the league’s 18th franchise to begin play in the top-flight professional soccer league starting in 2011. The Portland Timbers have marked their debut MLS season in 2011 in a significantly renovated JELD-WEN Field, which has emerged as one of the most exciting and authentic soccer environments in the country. The Timbers have been a beloved part of the Portland sports landscape since their early beginnings in the North American Soccer League in 1975, launching the era of “Soccer City USA” in the Rose City. For more information on the Portland Timbers, visit portlandtimbers.com.

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