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Watch Moda Center transform from basketball court to hockey rink (time-lapse video)
Watch Moda Center transform from basketball court to hockey rink (time-lapse video)
Published: 2016/01/21
Channel: The Oregonian
Our first NBA Portland Trail Blazers playoff game experience
Our first NBA Portland Trail Blazers playoff game experience
Published: 2016/04/27
Channel: ChaHawj
Moda Center reacts as Blazers beat Rockets in Game 4, 2014 playoffs (Rose Garden)
Moda Center reacts as Blazers beat Rockets in Game 4, 2014 playoffs (Rose Garden)
Published: 2014/04/28
Channel: watchnba201415
Moda Center Improvements In Action
Moda Center Improvements In Action
Published: 2014/11/10
Channel: Portland Trail Blazers
Hard Hat Tour Of Moda Center Renovations
Hard Hat Tour Of Moda Center Renovations
Published: 2014/09/03
Channel: Portland Trail Blazers
The Moda Center erupts!
The Moda Center erupts!
Published: 2014/04/28
Channel: Dan Hyatt
Compras no Moda Center e Toritama
Compras no Moda Center e Toritama
Published: 2017/10/03
Channel: David Gera
Rose Garden Renamed to Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
Rose Garden Renamed to Moda Center at the Rose Quarter
Published: 2013/08/14
Channel: Scaly House Productions
Chris Brown - Wrist/Poppin
Chris Brown - Wrist/Poppin' (Live Moda Center, Portland)
Published: 2017/05/13
Channel: KodyXO
PESQUISANDO PREÇO DE ROUPAS MODA CENTER SANTA CRUZ
PESQUISANDO PREÇO DE ROUPAS MODA CENTER SANTA CRUZ
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: Layne santos
Moda Center Time Lapse
Moda Center Time Lapse
Published: 2013/10/18
Channel: Portland Trail Blazers
Panic! At The Disco at Moda Center
Panic! At The Disco at Moda Center
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: Jane Arterberry
Ariana Grande The Honeymoon Tour - Portland, Moda Center
Ariana Grande The Honeymoon Tour - Portland, Moda Center
Published: 2015/09/05
Channel: Cristian Gonzales
Green Day Live @ Moda Center 2017 (1/2)
Green Day Live @ Moda Center 2017 (1/2)
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: PortlandPunkShows
Dead & Company 7/22/16 2nd Set Moda Center, Portland, OR.
Dead & Company 7/22/16 2nd Set Moda Center, Portland, OR.
Published: 2017/05/17
Channel: Page egerton
Pesquisando preços na feira de santa cruz do Capibaribe MODA CENTER#maior centro atacadista.
Pesquisando preços na feira de santa cruz do Capibaribe MODA CENTER#maior centro atacadista.
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: Layne santos
Stephen Curry, Klay and Durant enter arena at Moda Center, pregame Warriors (2-0) vs Blazers Game 3
Stephen Curry, Klay and Durant enter arena at Moda Center, pregame Warriors (2-0) vs Blazers Game 3
Published: 2017/04/23
Channel: LetsGoWarriors
Dead and Company - Feel Like a Stranger @ Moda Center, Portland, OR, USA - July 22nd, 2016
Dead and Company - Feel Like a Stranger @ Moda Center, Portland, OR, USA - July 22nd, 2016
Published: 2016/07/23
Channel: Dear Marie BR
VLOG | Moda Center - Santa Cruz | Um mundo de roupas baratas
VLOG | Moda Center - Santa Cruz | Um mundo de roupas baratas
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Srs. Descolados
Tendência floral no Moda Center Santa Cruz
Tendência floral no Moda Center Santa Cruz
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
Pesquisando Preços MODA CENTER Santa cruz do Capibaribe maior atacadista do nordeste.
Pesquisando Preços MODA CENTER Santa cruz do Capibaribe maior atacadista do nordeste.
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: Layne santos
Maroon 5 at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon September 13, 2016
Maroon 5 at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon September 13, 2016
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Cruise Addict
PREÇOS BOLSAS SIMPLES MODA CENTER SANTA CRUZ
PREÇOS BOLSAS SIMPLES MODA CENTER SANTA CRUZ
Published: 2017/11/11
Channel: Layne santos
Foo fighters Portland Oregon moda center
Foo fighters Portland Oregon moda center
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: trena reames
Trend Alert - Pepéu Moda Feminina inaugura nova loja no Moda Center
Trend Alert - Pepéu Moda Feminina inaugura nova loja no Moda Center
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
Moda Center Santa Cruz é destaque no Globo Repórter (24/06/16)
Moda Center Santa Cruz é destaque no Globo Repórter (24/06/16)
Published: 2016/06/25
Channel: Bruno Muniz
💰Pesquisando preços no MODA CENTER santa cruz do Capibaribe maior atacadista do nordeste
💰Pesquisando preços no MODA CENTER santa cruz do Capibaribe maior atacadista do nordeste
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: Layne santos
Opening night, Portland Trail Blazers vsUtah Jazz, at the Moda Center, downtown Portland, Oregon.
Opening night, Portland Trail Blazers vsUtah Jazz, at the Moda Center, downtown Portland, Oregon.
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Lynette Hanson
Globo Repórter destaca o Moda Center Santa Cruz
Globo Repórter destaca o Moda Center Santa Cruz
Published: 2016/06/26
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
Passando no Moda Center Santa Cruz. O maior shopping de roupas do Brasil
Passando no Moda Center Santa Cruz. O maior shopping de roupas do Brasil
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: Feira da Sulanca Net
Depeche Mode - NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Depeche Mode - NEVER LET ME DOWN AGAIN - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Published: 2017/10/24
Channel: SchemeDM
Moda Center Santa Cruz - 06 de dezembro de 2015
Moda Center Santa Cruz - 06 de dezembro de 2015
Published: 2015/12/06
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
Mucuripe moda center
Mucuripe moda center
Published: 2017/05/27
Channel: Jakline Abreu
Mais de 100 mil pessoas estiveram no Moda Center neste domingo (04/12)
Mais de 100 mil pessoas estiveram no Moda Center neste domingo (04/12)
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
Billy Joel To Play Moda Center Portland December 8, 2017
Billy Joel To Play Moda Center Portland December 8, 2017
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: Billy Joel
PREÇOS ROUPAS MODA CENTER SANTA CRUZ
PREÇOS ROUPAS MODA CENTER SANTA CRUZ
Published: 2017/11/07
Channel: Layne santos
PESQUISANDO PREÇO MODA CENTER
PESQUISANDO PREÇO MODA CENTER
Published: 2017/11/06
Channel: Layne santos
Depeche Mode - EVERYTHING COUNTS - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Depeche Mode - EVERYTHING COUNTS - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Published: 2017/10/24
Channel: SchemeDM
Depeche Mode – HEROES - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Depeche Mode – HEROES - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Published: 2017/10/24
Channel: SchemeDM
Carnaval 2017: Venha para o Moda Center Santa Cruz
Carnaval 2017: Venha para o Moda Center Santa Cruz
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
Carlinhos Maia atrai multidão ao Moda Center e concede entrevista ao Blog
Carlinhos Maia atrai multidão ao Moda Center e concede entrevista ao Blog
Published: 2017/10/02
Channel: Bruno Muniz
Depeche Mode - ENJOY THE SILENCE - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Depeche Mode - ENJOY THE SILENCE - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Published: 2017/10/24
Channel: SchemeDM
Radiohead - Glass Eyes - Live @ The Moda Center 4-9-17 in HD
Radiohead - Glass Eyes - Live @ The Moda Center 4-9-17 in HD
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: suprefan
Roger Waters Us & Them Tour 2017 - Live at the Moda Center in Portland OR 6.25.17
Roger Waters Us & Them Tour 2017 - Live at the Moda Center in Portland OR 6.25.17
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: lvaprile
Moda Center Santa Cruz - Dias de feira na alta temporada junina
Moda Center Santa Cruz - Dias de feira na alta temporada junina
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
Depeche Mode - WRONG - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Depeche Mode - WRONG - Moda Center, Portland - 10/23/17
Published: 2017/10/24
Channel: SchemeDM
Aurora no Moda Center Santa Cruz
Aurora no Moda Center Santa Cruz
Published: 2017/06/12
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
Moda Center Santa Cruz PE - Trend Alert blogueiras
Moda Center Santa Cruz PE - Trend Alert blogueiras
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: Bruna França
NKOTB Moda Center
NKOTB Moda Center
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: Lynette Hanson
Moda Center é destaque no Jornal Nacional
Moda Center é destaque no Jornal Nacional
Published: 2015/12/24
Channel: Moda Center Santa Cruz
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Moda Center
Moda Center logo.svg
Moda Center.JPG
Former names Rose Garden (1995–2013)
Address 1 Center Court
Location Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°31′54″N 122°40′0″W / 45.53167°N 122.66667°W / 45.53167; -122.66667Coordinates: 45°31′54″N 122°40′0″W / 45.53167°N 122.66667°W / 45.53167; -122.66667
Public transit Rose Quarter Transit Center
Interstate/Rose Quarter station
Owner Vulcan Inc.
(Paul Allen)
Operator Anschutz Entertainment Group & AEG Live
Capacity Basketball: 19,393 (2015–present),[1]
19,441 (2014–2015),[2]
19,980 (1999–2014),
21,538 (1996–1999),
21,401 (1995–1996)
Ice hockey / Lacrosse: 18,280
Center stage: approx. 20,500
End stage: approx. 15,000
"Theatre of the Clouds": approx. 6,500
Construction
Broke ground July 12, 1993[3]
Opened October 12, 1995
Construction cost $262 million
($412 million in 2016 dollars[4])
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Project manager Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc.[5]
Structural engineer KPFF Consulting Engineers[6]
Services engineer Flack + Kurtz, Inc.[7]
General contractor Drake/Turner
Tenants
Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) (1995–present)
Portland Winterhawks (WHL) (1995–present)
Portland Forest Dragons (AFL) (1997–1999)
Portland Pythons (WISL) (1998–1999)
Portland Fire (WNBA) (2000–2002)
Portland LumberJax (NLL) (2006–2009)
Portland Thunder/Steel (AFL) (2014–2016)
Website
http://www.rosequarter.com/venue/moda-center

Moda Center, formerly known as the Rose Garden, is the primary indoor sports arena in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is suitable for large indoor events of all sorts, including basketball, ice hockey, rodeos, circuses, conventions, ice shows, concerts, and dramatic productions. The arena has a capacity of 19,393 spectators when configured for basketball.[2] It is equipped with state-of-the-art acoustics and other amenities.[8]

The arena is owned by Vulcan Inc., a holding company owned by Paul Allen, and is currently managed by Anschutz Entertainment Group and AEG Live. The primary tenant is the Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchise, also owned by Allen. The other major tenant of the building today is the major junior hockey franchise Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, which splits its schedule with the Memorial Coliseum next door. In addition to the Blazers and Winterhawks, several other professional sports franchises, and the Portland State University men's basketball team, either currently play home games in Moda Center, or have done so in the past. In addition, Moda Center is a popular venue for concerts and other artistic productions.[9]

Construction began in 1993, and the arena opened on October 12, 1995. The arena cost US$262 million to build; construction was financed with funds obtained by a variety of sources, including the City of Portland, Allen's personal fortune, and $155 million in bonds issued by a consortium of mutual funds and insurance companies.[10] These bonds would become the subject of an acrimonious 2004 bankruptcy in which the Oregon Arena Corporation, the holding company which owned the arena at the time, would forfeit title to the arena in lieu of repaying the bonds per the payment terms.[11] Allen would later repurchase the arena from the creditors in 2007.[12]

Description[edit]

Moda Center is a multipurpose arena which is suitable for numerous indoor sports, including basketball, ice hockey, arena football, and lacrosse, as well as for hosting other events such as concerts, conventions, and circuses.[8] The arena is located in a sports and entertainment district known as the Rose Quarter, a parcel of land in inner northeast Portland which also includes the Memorial Coliseum arena, as well as several parking structures, restaurants, and other amenities.

Name[edit]

The original name of the facility was "Rose Garden"; however, the arena was also commonly known as the "Rose Garden Arena" to disambiguate it from the International Rose Test Garden, also located in Portland. The name was chosen both to reflect Portland's reputation as the Rose City,[13] and to reflect the importance to basketball heritage of Boston Garden and Madison Square Garden arenas in Boston and New York City, respectively. When the name was selected, the remainder of the former coliseum grounds were given the name "Rose Quarter".

In 2007, the Trail Blazers and Vulcan announced that they were seeking a corporate partner to grant naming rights for the facility, with the goal of a new name being available for the Blazers' 2008–09 season.[14] In August 2013, the Trail Blazers announced a 10-year deal with Moda Health, an Oregon-based health insurance provider, to rename the arena Moda Center.[15]

The renaming spurred a public outcry and petition by fans and Portlanders who preferred the old name. Portland mayor Charlie Hales initially expressed concern about the name, calling it a "head scratcher."[16]

Structure and architecture[edit]

Moda Center is a precast concrete-framed structure with a roof made up of skeletal steel. The arena structure encloses a total of over 785,000 square feet (72,900 m2), on eight levels, five of which are open to the public. The building height is 140 feet (43 m), from the event floor to the pinnacle of the saddle-shaped roof.[8] The arena includes a 60-by-40-foot (18 m × 12 m) permanent stage, and a 200-by-85-foot (61 m × 26 m) ice rink.[17]

The building is composed of over 48,000 cubic yards (37,000 m3) of concrete, and over 9,700 short tons (8,800 t) of steel. The exterior is composed of over 29,000 square feet (2,700 m2) of glass, 17,500 square feet (1,630 m2) of plaster, 52,000 square feet (4,800 m2) of architectural precast, 39,000 square feet (3,600 m2) of insulation, and 13,654 square feet (1,268.5 m2) of steel louvers.[8][18]

The building, designed by architecture firm Ellerbe Becket, has been criticized by some in Portland's architectural community. A survey of local architects and planners was conducted by the Portland Tribune, and subsequently Moda Center was listed among the five ugliest buildings in the city.[19]

Seating[edit]

Inside of Moda Center (then called the Rose Garden), circa 2001

The arena has a total of over 14,000 permanent seats arranged in two bowls. An additional 1540 permanent seats are found in the arena's 70 skyboxes. Over 4,200 portable seats may or may not be installed, depending on the arena's configuration.[17] When configured for basketball, the arena has a capacity of 19,393, and can accommodate a total of up to 20,796 patrons with standing room. Prior to the 1998 NBA season the capacity was reduced to 19,980 from the original 21,485 spectators.[20] When configured for hockey or lacrosse, capacity decreases to 17,544. The arena supports numerous other configurations for events such as concerts, monster trucks, and circuses.[8] The seating below the suites, known as the lower bowl, is further divided into the 100 and 200 levels. The upper bowl seats, above the suites, are the 300 level.[8]

Skyboxes and suites[edit]

The arena features 70 Suites and 8 Skyboxes each with a seating capacity of 22 guests. Suites include amenities such as a wet bar, catering, a private restroom, multiple television monitors, and a sound system.[8] Suites may be rented on a yearly[21] or single-event[22] basis; yearly renters of suites are given access to all Moda Center events. The arena also features modular party suites, which can be configured either as a pair of 44-person Super Suites, or as one 88-person mega suite.[23]

Theater of the Clouds[edit]

For smaller, more intimate events, Moda Center can be placed into a configuration known as the "Theater of the Clouds". This configuration, part of a trend of large arenas having smaller theater configurations,[24] places the stage at center court, and utilizes the western side of the arena.[25] Custom floor-to-ceiling theater curtains are draped at the edges of the seating area, creating a more intimate setting. As of 2004, on average 10 events per year have been held in the Theater of the Clouds configuration.[26] The Theater of the Clouds configuration seats 6,500, with 16 of the 70 luxury boxes being usable.[27]

Amenities[edit]

Two concourses, the 100 level and the 300 level, are open to the ticket-buying public during events; the 100 level concourse provides access to the lower bowl (including the 200-level seats); the 300-level concourse provides access to the upper bowl. A third concourse, the 200 level, provides access to guest services such as a sports bar, a barbecue grill, an executive banquet facility, and several outdoor terraces, including two which permit smoking. A fourth concourse, known as Suite Level, provides access to the skyboxes and is restricted to patrons who have skybox admission. All concourses provide a variety of concession stands. The arena also features 32 public restrooms; women's toilets outnumber men's toilets 3 to 1.[8] There are wi-fi hotspots throughout the arena.[23] The concourses are decorated with historical memorabilia.[28]

The primary scoreboard is a Mitsubishi-manufactured high definition video scoreboard. This scoreboard, which hangs from the ceiling over center court, features four 15 feet by 22.5 feet (4.5 m by 6.75 m) video screens, among the biggest in the NBA.[23] The arena also features over 650 television monitors placed throughout,[8] showing the action on court. Auxiliary scoreboards located both in the arena itself and the concourses provide statistical information, including "hustle" statistics for basketball (rebounds, blocked shots, and steals). Three media towers, one at each main entrance, provide video of other games in the NBA.[28]

Acoustics[edit]

A unique feature found in no other multi-purpose arena is known as the "acoustical cloud". The acoustical cloud is a set of 160 rotating acoustic panels suspended from the Moda Center ceiling, intended to recreate the roar of noise that made the old Memorial Coliseum one of the loudest buildings in the NBA. One side of each 10 feet by 10 feet (3 m by 3 m) panel reflects sound, while the other side absorbs sound. Each panel is shaped like an airplane wing, and is 8 inches (20 cm) thick at the center and 4 inches (10 cm) thick at the edges. The effect during Blazers games is to absorb the noise from the upper levels and reflect it back down to the court.

The panels permit the acoustics of the arena to be adjusted according to the requirements of the event. For smaller events in which only the lower bowl of the arena is used, the panels can be lowered to further improve the sound and increase the intimacy of the arena. The acoustical cloud cost US$2 million to design and install.[29] The arena is also equipped with a JBL sound system.[23] The acoustics of Moda Center have been widely praised compared to similar venues.[26]

Ownership and management[edit]

Moda Center is currently owned by Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, a holding company owned by Paul Allen which manages Allen's various sports-related properties. Tod Leiweke is the current president of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment.[30] Management and operation of Moda Center, along with other Rose Quarter facilities, is contracted out to Global Spectrum,[31] Global Spectrum employs more than 75 full-time and 700 part-time employees at Moda Center.[32] Mike Scanlon is the current general manager of the arena. Global Spectrum was first hired by arena creditors to operate the facility after Allen lost possession of the arena in a bankruptcy proceeding; Allen has subsequently repurchased the arena from creditors.[33] Prior to the bankruptcy, Oregon Arena Corporation operated the arena directly; Global Spectrum has been widely praised for increasing the financial performance of the facility.[9]

Tenants[edit]

Interior during a Trail Blazers game.

The arena's current primary tenant is the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. Both the Trail Blazers and Moda Center are ultimately owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who also owns the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. The Trail Blazers have a lease agreement with Moda Center which runs through 2025,[34] and an exclusive site agreement with the City of Portland requires the team to remain in Portland through 2023.[35]

It is also home to the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, a Canadian-based junior hockey league. Both the Trail Blazers and Winterhawks previously played in the Memorial Coliseum and moved to the arena when it was completed in 1995. However, the Winterhawks played home games in both facilities during the season. Moda Center and Winterhawks hold the Western Hockey League's record for single game attendance with a crowd of 19,103 on March 15, 1997 in which Portland tied the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds, 6–6. The arena was also built to accommodate a NHL franchise and there has been speculation over the years about Portland landing an NHL team; however this has not occurred. A former third tenant was the Portland Lumberjax of the National Lacrosse League, who played four seasons in the arena prior to disbanding.[36][37]

The arena has hosted numerous other minor league sports teams as well. In 1997, an AFL team landed in Portland from Memphis as the Portland Forest Dragons. Two seasons later, they relocated to Oklahoma City. The arena started hosting another AFL team, the Portland Steel (originally called the Portland Thunder), from 2014 until it disbanded in 2016.[38] From 2000 through 2002, the facility hosted the now-defunct Portland Fire of the WNBA. In the past, the Portland State Vikings men's basketball team has played home games in the arena; currently, the team plays its home games in the Peter Stott Center on the PSU campus.[39]

History[edit]

In the early 1980s, as the National Basketball Association increased in popularity, it became apparent that the 12,888 seat Memorial Coliseum, which was the home of the Portland Trail Blazers at the time, was no longer an adequate NBA facility. The Trail Blazers had sold out every home game since April 5, 1977.[40] In 1988, the team was purchased by Paul Allen and made appearances in the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992. Allen soon expressed a desire to build a new arena for his team, and in 1991 chartered the Oregon Arena Corporation, a private corporation with Allen as the sole shareholder, to build and operate a new facility.[10] The team soon made an agreement with the City of Portland to build a new multi-purpose arena on the Coliseum's parking lot.[41]

Financing[edit]

An exterior shot of the arena

The financing of the construction of the facility was widely hailed at the time as a good example of public-private partnership; most of the costs were borne by Allen and/or Allen-owned companies, rather than by taxpayers.[42] The bulk of the $262 million[10] construction costs were funded by a $155 million loan from a consortium of lenders led by pension fund TIAA-CREF. As Allen was unwilling to guarantee the loan with his personal finances, the lenders demanded an interest rate of 8.99%, with no opportunity for prepayment.[43] Other major creditors included Prudential Insurance, and Farmers Insurance.[44]

The remainder of funds came from the City of Portland ($34.5 million), Allen himself ($46 million), with the final $10 million coming from a bond backed by box office and parking revenues.[45] In addition, the City transferred to Allen the underlying land. The City maintains ownership of the Memorial Coliseum and the adjacent parking garages, but the right to manage these was also transferred to Allen. In exchange, Allen signed an exclusive site agreement with the city requiring the Trail Blazers to play all home games in Portland for 30 years[35] The City of Portland hoped that the building of the arena would lead to other renovation or development in the Rose Quarter district, but as of 2008 this has yet to materialize.[46]

Construction and opening[edit]

Ground on the arena was broken in 1993, and the arena opened on October 12, 1995.[47] The project included the largest construction and demolition recycling program in the U.S. up to that time, in which 36,000 tons (32600 metric tons) of construction waste and 340,000 tons (308,400 metric tons) of dirt were recycled, saving OAC over $127,000. This effort later won the project an environmental award from the city.[48]

The first concert held in the arena was held two weeks after opening, when David Bowie performed on October 25, with Nine Inch Nails opening.[49] The first regular-season game to be played at the facility was the Trail Blazers hosting the then-Vancouver Grizzlies on November 3, 1995, a 92–80 defeat for the home team.[10] The arena was originally capable of seating 20,340 spectators for NBA basketball. Its capacity has since been reduced to 19,393 by subsequent modifications. At the time of its construction, the arena was a state-of-the-art facility. Although more recent NBA arenas have surpassed Moda Center in amenities, it still is well regarded as a facility.[28] A 2005 survey by USA Today ranked the facility in the middle of the pack among the 29 NBA arenas; it should be noted that factors unrelated to the venue itself (such as ticket prices and entertainment offerings) are considered in the rankings.[50]

Soon after the arena opened, it was the subject of several lawsuits seeking to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act. One lawsuit (United States v. Ellerbe Becket, Inc.) was filed by the United States Department of Justice against architect Ellerbe-Becket; another (Independent Living Resources v. Oregon Arena Corporation) was filed by a disabled advocacy group against OAC. Both lawsuits alleged that Moda Center (and other facilities designed by Ellerbe Becket) did not provide adequate seating for patrons using wheelchairs, and that the line-of-sight of patrons in wheelchairs was frequently obstructed by standing spectators.[51] The first case was settled with a consent decree, wherein Ellerbe Becket agreed to design future projects in compliance with the ADA;[52] the lawsuit against Oregon Arena Corp was resolved in 1998 when OAC agreed to install over one hundred elevated seats permitting wheelchair-using patrons to see over standing spectators in front.[53]

Oregon Arena Corporation bankruptcy[edit]

Claiming the local economy was responsible for reduced revenues which made it unable to make payments on the loans used to finance construction, the Oregon Arena Corporation filed for bankruptcy on February 27, 2004. After negotiations concurrent with the bankruptcy failed to produce a settlement, the United States Bankruptcy Court ordered on November 8 of that year that the Oregon Arena Corporation transfer the facility to the creditors.[54] A new corporation owned by the creditors, Portland Arena Management (PAM) took over operation of the arena.[11] PAM in turn hired Global Spectrum to operate the arena. For several years, the Trail Blazers (still owned by Allen) and the Portland Arena Management had a highly hostile relationship,[55] with the two entities competing for ticket sales.[56]

The team made numerous complaints about a "broken economic model",[57] and there was much speculation that the Trail Blazers might leave.[58] The team was put up for sale in the summer of 2006,[59] only to be taken off the market again several months later.[60] Speculation intensified as to what would happen,[61] and the team and Paul Allen were roundly criticized in the media.[44][61][62][63][64] Despite the criticism and the team's poor finances the team insisted that bankruptcy was the right move.[65]

Early in 2007, Allen and the creditors reached an agreement for Allen to repurchase the arena, and the team and the building were united under common ownership once more.[12] After much speculation that Allen would hire Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) to replace Global Spectrum, arena management elected to extend Global Spectrum's management contract by one year in the summer of 2007.[32] In September 2007, Global Spectrum announced that the arena would undergo $13 million in renovations.[23]

Notable events[edit]

The Moda Center at night

While Moda Center has never hosted the NBA Finals (Portland's last appearance in the Finals was in 1992, three years before the arena opened), it has hosted two NBA Western Conference Finals series, in 1999 and 2000. In 1999, the Trail Blazers were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs; in 2000 by the Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams would go on to win the NBA championship. One NBA-related event Moda Center—and for that matter, the Trail Blazers franchise—has never hosted is the NBA All-Star Game. The Trail Blazers are one of several franchises to never host an All-Star game; the Blazers' All-Star drought of 42 years is second only to the Boston Celtics, who hosted the game in 1964. According to the Oregon Sports Authority, the main issue is hotel space close to the arena; the city of Portland lacks the large "headquarters" hotel needed to host the NBA and media entourage which accompanies the game.[66]

Moda Center has also hosted PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding events, has hosted editions of Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, Unforgiven (2004), No Mercy (2008), and UFC 102 in 2009.

In 2004, Portland was selected as one of five cities in the U.S. to host the Dew Action Sports Tour, a new extreme sports franchise to start in 2005. Titled the Vans Invitational, the event was held at the Rose Quarter from August 17–21. The Rose Quarter hosted BMX: Dirt and Freestyle Motocross. The Dew Action Sports will return to Portland for a third year.[67]

In the winter of 2005, the Rose Quarter hosted the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, an event attended by over 100,000 spectators.[68] The arena would later host the 2007 NLL All Star Game on March 10, 2007.[69]

In 2009, the arena hosted first- and second-round games of the NCAA men's basketball tournament as well as in 2015. It was the first time NCAA men's tournament games were played in the state of Oregon since 1983, though the arena did host the finals of the 2008 Big Sky Conference men's basketball tournament. The state had been under an NCAA-imposed tournament embargo due to sports betting being legal in the state (specifically, the Oregon Lottery's "Sports Action" game, a parlay game which allowed bettors to wager on NFL games), but was awarded 2009 tournament games when the state Legislature eliminated Sports Action from the lottery's lineup.[70] In addition to sports, the arena regularly hosts numerous other types of events, including concerts, circuses, ice shows, and conventions.[8] Portland State University holds its spring commencement ceremonies at the arena.[71]

Notable non-sports related events include the 1998 Portland State commencement ceremony, where the keynote speaker was then U.S. President Bill Clinton. The President, speaking before a packed house in the Garden (including a graduating class of 2000), gave a speech embracing immigration to the United States, and was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university.[72]

On June 27, 2000, a Roger Waters concert at the arena became the basis for the concert video In the Flesh: Live.[73]

On Sunday, August 9, 2015, Bernie Sanders held a campaign rally at the Moda Center that was attended by over 28,000 people.[74]

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