Portland Trail Blazers Basketball
Watching a Portland Trail Blazers basketball game in the Rose Garden arena is an exciting experience. Especially with the Portland crowd of crazed basketball fans.
League: National Basketball Association (NBA), Western Conference, Northwest Division
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While Portland has other sports teams, basketball is "the game" and Portlanders, actually Oregonians, support their team 100 per cent. When the team won the NBA Championship in 1977 the whole town went bazerk. The final game against the Philadelphia 76'ers was played in Portland. My husband was on a flight coming into Portland at the time and the pilot tuned into the game so passengers could watch. It was mayhem on board.
Portland was "Rip City" all the way. Portlanders started calling Portland Rip City in 1971 which was the Blazers first year. It was a home game against Portland's arch rival, the Los Angeles Lakers. Jim Barnett, a Blazer guard took a long distance shot that was unlikely to be successful and it went into the basket. Bill Schonely, the game announcer, exclaimed "Rip City! All Right!" and the name stuck.
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If you wait until you are visiting Portland to get tickets for a game, you may be in for a disappointment. Some home games will be completely sold out and some will have tickets for standing room only. Get your Portland Trail Blazers tickets ahead of time. Tickets for playoff games go on sale just before each game and are sold out almost immediately. Your best chance of seeing a playoff game is at a sports bar.
The Rose Garden arena is located in the Rose Quarter of the Lloyd District on the east bank of the Willamette River just across from downtown Portland. Parking is $6 to $13 in four parking garages and two parking lots. If you are staying in a hotel in downtown Portland it will probably be easier to take the MAX light rail. It would definitely be cheaper. See Portland Transportation.
Portland Trail Blazers Basketball Schedule 2011-2012
Portland Trail Blazers Schedule - November, 2011
Weds., Nov. 16, Chicago Bulls
Portland Trail Blazers Schedule - December, 2011
Fri., Dec. 2, Indiana Pacers
Portland Trail Blazers Schedule - January, 2012
Fri., Jan. 6, Memphis Grizzlies
Portland Trail Blazers Schedule - February, 2012
Weds., Feb. 1, Charlotte Bobcats
Portland Trail Blazers Schedule - March, 2012
Thurs., March 1, Miami Heat
Portland Trail Blazers Schedule - April, 2012
Sun., April 1, Sacramento Kings