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Opened in 1995, The Rose Garden Arena became the home for the Portland Trail Blazers after moving about 50 feet from their previous home: The Memorial Coliseum. The complex in between the two arenas is referred to as The Rose Quarter. The Rose Garden currently seats 19,980 and can accommodate up to 20,796 fans, which includes standing room. Currently the Blazers are the only professional team using the arena. Choosing the name for the arena was easy as Portland is known as “The City of Roses.”
Attending a Blazer game is an experience that cannot be passed up. The energy of all the fans, staff, security and even workers of the arena are all invested to making sure they can get The Trail Blazers playing well by providing a loud atmosphere.
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Portland is known for being flooded with many breweries. The Rose Garden does a nice job of imitating that. It's hard to walk a couple steps and not see a place to buy a beer. The Rose Garden has a variety that includes local microbrews, wine and of course, domestic drafts. In all, the Rose Garden offers twenty different beers, fifteen different wines, and many different cocktails or hard alcohol. Beers range from $6.00 to $9.00 depending on kind and size, while wine and cocktails are all around $8.00.
The 200 level in the arena is referred to as "The Lexus Club." This section offers a more expensive ticket but yields free food and beverages throughout the game. Main dishes from pizza to nachos and all other average concession foods are available until a little past half time.
The arena also offers a variety of spreads for the games ranging from beef brisket to chicken and other higher end entrees you wouldn't expect at a sporting event.
When it comes to diehard fans, there's no question the Trail Blazers fans provide one of the most exciting atmospheres in the NBA. The crowd knowledge and enthusiasm at the Rose Garden can't be compared. Other than the Portland Timbers, the Trail Blazers are the only professional sports team in Portland. The arena has held various sellout streaks, the longest being 195 games, about five years. The arena also offers many family and special event nights from mascot night to 80s night. These events can be fun with fans going all out and the Rose Garden making each night a different atmosphere.
The Rose Garden is located in the Lloyd District in Northeast Portland, about 20 minutes from PDX International Airport. This area offers a lot for fans before and after the game. Within minutes there is Lloyd Center, a three level mall where you can stop to pick up Blazer gear or a quick bite to eat in the food court.
Taste Tickler located off of Broadway is one of Portland's best kept secrets. Locals claim the sandwich shop doesn't only have the best sandwich known as "The Tickler," but also the best bento and rice.
A fun bar to go to is Spirit of the '77. The huge bar is dedicated to the only lone championship the organization holds and fans are all about it. Lots of memorabilia, pinball and free arcade basketball are great ways to get pumped before a big game.
The Lloyd District Buffalo Wild Wings, also provides free parking, located off of Broadway. The restaurant offers 36 beers on tap and the staff also set up its customers for free limo rides to and from the game.
Portland fans have always been praised by writers and columnists for their energy, noise level and crowd knowledge. Most of this exists in the 300 level of the concourse. Half the entertainment of going to the game is being able to sit up with fans that get loud for the whole game, regardless of the score.
I mentioned earlier the seating in the 200 level, but that's if you can make it to one or two games a season. To get the full experience I suggest sitting in the 300 level; row A. Even though the seats are higher up, by sitting in row A, it feels as if the seats are on top of the court. Any higher than row D, you risk squinting the whole game rather than cheering. Sitting in this level you get to hear where all the chants are started and hear the most active and talkative fans. The arena also has panels that are located above the court that amplifies the sound of the fans and creates a loud atmosphere.
The Rose Garden provides many ways to get to the game. The arena has its own exits located off of the I5 and I84 highways and also has its own MAX stops located south and west of the arena. Taking the MAX (light rail) to the game is considered a tradition by the fans. The price of a $5 ticket to get to and from The Rose Garden via public transportation is cheaper than the many parking garages that exist under and near The Rose Garden. Parking is about $15 and valet is optional for $40. Others are known to park at the Lloyd Center for free and walk in order to bypass extra expenses of parking and all of the traffic after the game.
Driving to the arena can be difficult with one way streets and a bridge and a bus/light rail transit center that sit just outside the arena. There has also been city plans to update the Lloyd District and specifically make access to and from the Rose Garden better. The arena is also located near Downtown Portland; free party bus rides to local bars/clubs can be used to travel downtown after the game.
The Rose Garden is definitely worth a couple visits. The box office offers different priced games based on the Blazers opponents. Lowest price seats can range from $10-$30. Half of the entertainment is sitting with the diehard knowledgeable fans and children homers in the 300 section. With the option of the 200 level seating with the food perks, you will not be disappointed.
A free program is provided for each game and usually includes news stories, stats and tidbits on players. The arena offers free sign making and face painting for fans and children, make sure to show up early as the lines can get frightening long.
The Blazers pregame and halftime show is also filmed in front of fans and is a fun and easy way to get on television as the desk for the broadcasters is in the hallway of the arena. The Rose Garden also does a nice job of checking in lots of fans through multiple doors, the main being on the south and west sides of the arena. If you happened to have left your fan gear at home there is a main pro shop that offers lots of options but can bet crowded and there are also many kiosks on both levels to buy apparel.
Outside the arena is a huge green crown that is tipped over on its side. Fans have claimed that if the Blazers win their second NBA Championship the organization would finally tip the crown back on the correct side, essentially "crowning."
Since 1995 the Rose Garden has been the home to the only professional sports franchise in Oregon, the Portland Trail Blazers. Since its inception, the 20,630 capacity arena has been a shining example of what an NBA arena should be like. From the physical make-up to the atmosphere it creates, the Rose Garden is a tremendous destination for sports fans.
Every time you attend a Blazer game at the Rose Garden, it's an experience like no other. With multiple mass transit opportunities and easy accessibility, people flood in from all around. It's as close to a college atmosphere as you'll find in the NBA. Fans are always excited for every game and the atmosphere and camaraderie is some of the best you'll find in any professional sport.
Portland loves their Trailblazers and they're definitley a big happening in the Rose City.
There's plenty of food and drink choices-but being an NBA Arena they're also plenty expensive, but somebody's got to pay those salaries I guess.
Portland is such an awesome City with so much to see and do. If I coulde register a 6 I would! Most of the food choices near the arena are chains, but hop on the light rail, or walk across the steel bridge and there are unlimited choices. If you're looking for high end go to Departure on top of the Nines Hotel. I also like Bamboo Sushi, Ken's Artisan Bakery, the Waffle Window and of course don't miss VooDoo Donuts. The choices are limitless and there's something for every taste when in Portland.
Getting to Blazer's games are half the fun. The toughest choice is what mode of transportation to choose. You can get there by car just fine. There's lots parking ramps near the arena, but expect to pay-just like at every NBA venue. There's also the MAX Light Rail and street car-which I recommend. It drops you off and picks you up close by and there's no traffic to fight. Just take your time leaving as the trains are crowded right after the game. Also, the arena is very bikeable and walkable. If it's a nice night ride your bike or walk there-you'll have lots of company as Portlanders love these modes of transportation.
Trailblazer fans are among the most enthusiasitic in the NBA (though Timbers games are where the real crazies go) and the arena configuration makes for a good view of the action even from way up at the top. The concourses are wide and the arena is easy to navigate.
I've had a great time whenever I've gone to the Rose Garden. It's a nice arena in a terrific town.
it is very good place to go for basketball and hockey
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