Portland Rose Quarter

The Portland Rose Quarter is where many of the indoor team sports games, concerts, and shows take place. Located on the east bank of the Willamette River in the Lloyd Destrict, it is comprised of two multi-purpose arenas -- the Rose Garden and the Memorial Coliseum.


Update: The Rose Quarter has been renamed and is now officially called the Moda Center. I have a feeling Portlanders will be using its original name for a long time to come though.

Portland Rose Garden Arena

The Rose Garden is home to the Portland Trail Blazers, Portlands' NBA basketball team. Some Winterhawks ice hockey games are also played here. The Rose Garden is the venue for many music concerts, theater, and circus performances.

Rose Garden Arena Portland

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Coming shows at the Rose Quarter for 2010-2011 include:

  • Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus
  • Lady Gaga
  • Disney on Ice
  • So You Think You Can Dance
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Billy Joel and Elton John
  • OSAA Cheerleading Championships
  • OSAA Basketball Championships
  • George Strait Tour With Reba McEntire
  • Sesame Street Live
  • Carole King & James Taylor
  • Smucker's Stars on Ice

Seating in the Rose Garden is arranged in bowls. There are 14,000 permanent seats but 19,980 can be seated when configured for basketball games. There are 70 skyboxes available on an annual basis or for a single event. Each skybox seats 22 people.

Portland Memorial Coliseum

Portland Memorial Coliseum

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The Portland Coliseum is home to the Winterhawks ice hockey team. The Coliseum also hosts some concerts and theater performances. You can also view the floats of the Portland Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade which is held in June.

Parking for both the Rose Garden and the Memorial Coliseum consists of four parking garages and two parking lots. There is additional parking available in two lots that are on the MAX line. Travel on MAX from these lots to the Rose Quarter is free.

Public transportation to the two venues is by light rail and bus. There are two MAX stations at the Quarter. If you are taking the red or blue line you will get off at the Rose Quarter Transit Center south of the arena. If you are taking the yellow line you will get off at the Interstate/Rose Quarter station. For more information see Portland Transportation.

If you are in Portland during basketball season you will soon learn that Portland is basketball crazy. Portland calls itself "Rip City", a term referring to Portland Trail Blazers basketball.

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