Portland, Oregon – The Blazers are confident heading into game one of the Western Conference Finals. Tip off tonight at 6pm. Damian Lillard says he’s ready for the showdown against Golden State. He’s also excited to be playing in his hometown of Oakland. Health will be an issue for both teams. Rodney Hood is questionable to play tonight. He has a bone bruise on his left knee, and for the Warriors, they’re going to be missing Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins at least for game one. During the regular season Portland and Golden State split their series with each winning a game on the road.
Throw on your Blazer gear and get ready to party tonight in the Rose Quarter! In case you didn’t get tickets to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Blazers and Warriors in Oakland you can watch the game for free with Blazer fans from across the area. Watch parties for both game 1 and game 2 will take place at the Rose Quarter Commons on a 30 foot outdoor screen. Even the parking is free as long as you can find a spot in any of the Rose Quarter garages, and officials encourage you to bring chairs or blankets to relax on. Blaze the Trail Cat, Blazer Dancers, and the trail blazer stunt team will all be in attendance.
As the Blazers prepare to take on the Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals tonight, KXL’s Grant McHill has some advice from a Portland Legend who has been there before, Mighty Mouse. Wilson High School’s Damon Stoudamire played point guard for Portland the last time the Blazers played in the Western Conference Finals in 1999 and 2000. And he tells the Bald Faced Truth that Rip City should cherish this moment. His team’s, of course, came up short of the Finals, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers with Shaq and Kobe. BUT he says Dame, CJ, and company have a great shot if they stay hungry!
The late Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen knew his team would do great this year. He even called it before passing away. KXL’s Dane Vawter reports Rip City is proud too. With Allen dying three days before the start of this year’s regular season, team General Manager Chris McGowan spoke out about expectations going in to the season. General Manager Neil Olshey also said, in the same interview, that Allen believed in the team and staff that was built and could do really good things. And they have, as the Blazers have made it to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since the 1999-2000 season.
TRAIL BLAZERS PLANNING WATCH PARTIES AT ROSE QUARTER FOR LOCAL FANS AS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS GET UNDERWAY
Games 1 & 2 vs. Golden State to be Shown on Outdoor Screen Tuesday and Thursday
WHAT: The Portland Trail Blazers journey through the NBA Playoffs continues tomorrow as they travel to Oakland to battle the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. To rally fans locally for Games 1 and 2, the organization will hold “Watch Parties” in the Rose Quarter Commons both tomorrow and Thursday evenings. Festivities include the ESPN game broadcast shown on a 30-foot outdoor screen; food and beverages available for purchase at Dr. Jack’s; and special guests. The Trail Blazers have reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000. After the two opening games on the road, the scene shifts here to Moda Center on Saturday and next Monday as the Trail Blazers host Games 3 and 4.
GUESTS: Trail Blazers Studio Host Jordan Kent, Blaze The Trail Cat, BlazerDancers, Trail Blazers Stunt Team
WHEN: Tuesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 16, 2019 Festivities Begin @ 5 p.m. Trail Blazers vs. Warriors Tip-Off @ 6 p.m.
WHERE: Rose Quarter Commons (Free parking in Rose Quarter garages; guests are welcome to bring chairs or blankets for sitting; no outside food or beverages inside Dr. Jack’s)
Also The Blazers and Rose Quarter officials put out this information about Game 3, the first game of this series in Portland:
STARS ON ICE TOUR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MAY 18 MOVES FROM MODA CENTER TO VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM
Tickets for Moda Center show will be honored at VMC
The Portland Trail Blazers Western Conference Semifinal series win over the Denver Nuggets has advanced them into the Conference Final against the Golden State Warriors. The Trail Blazers will host Game 3 at home on Saturday, May 18. Therefore, the 2019 Stars on Icepresented by Musselman’s show scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. performance at Moda Center will now be a 7:30 p.m. performance at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Ticket holders will receive new tickets for the Veterans Memorial Coliseum show via email early this week.
Guests traveling to the Rose Quarter Saturday night are strongly encouraged to arrive early and plan ahead for venue entry with both Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum holding events. Guests shouldfactor in additional time to clear security checkpoints entering both venues. Any bags carried into Moda Center or Veterans Memorial Coliseum may not exceed the size limit of 14x14x6. Most purses and handbags fit these dimensions. Backpacks of any size are not allowed in the venues and should be left at home.
The following are additional suggestions for managing travel to events held at the Rose Quarter:
- Consider Alternative Transportation – With added capacity on busy event nights, MAX Light Rail and TriMet bus service frequently travel through the Rose Quarter transit center. For schedules, fares and route information, visit www.trimet.org. Due to anticipated passenger volume, please allow extra time for your transit choice.
- Rideshare – Rideshares can be a hassle-free mode of transportation to and from Rose Quarter events when parking is limited. The rideshare pick-up location is located on Ramsay Way. Guests should exit across from entry A7 to access Ramsay Way. Rideshare drop off is on Wheeler Avenue.
- Bicycle Access to Rose Quarter – With 30 bike racks and capacity to secure 300 bicycles, Rose Quarter guests are welcome to ride bicycles to the venue.
- Pedestrian Foot Traffic – With some of Portland’s most accessible and progressive neighborhoods located nearby, guests are welcome to walk to Rose Quarter events.
- Parking Garages and Surface Lots – Parking Garages and parking facilities adjacent to the Rose Quarter will be available for a parking charge. Due to limited spaces, guests are encouraged to consider alternative transportation means or carpool. When choosing any Rose Quarter parking option, guests are reminded to remove or store valuables out of sight and lock their vehicles.
This year’s Stars on Ice presented by Musselman’s tour will feature some of the top American skaters from the 2018 and 2014 Olympic games, offering a true red, white and blue celebration on ice. This year’s Portland performance features two-time and reigning World Champion, U.S. Olympic Team Bronze Medalist, and three-time and reigning National Champion Nathan Chen; two-time Olympic Bronze Medalists, two-time National Champions and three-time World Medalists Maia & Alex Shibutani; Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists, two-time World Champions and six-time National Champions Meryl Davis & Charlie White; three-time National Champion and 2016 World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner;two-time and reigning National Champions and two-time World Medalists Madison Hubbell & Zachary Donohue; Olympic Bronze Medalist and National Champion Mirai Nagasu, Olympic Bronze Medalist andNational Champion Bradie Tennell; Olympic Bronze Medalist and four-time National Champion Jeremy Abbott; and three-time National Medalist and 2019 World Bronze Medalist Vincent Zhou. 13-year oldAlysa Liu, who become the youngest skater to win a U.S. National Championship this year, will be a special guest performer. Please visit www.starsonice.com regularly for more detailed cast information.
Limited tickets for the 2019 Stars on Ice presented by Musselman’s show in Portland are on sale now. Tickets start at $25 and are available at www.rosequarter.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Limited on-ice seating is available upon request. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.
Stars on Ice continues to be a pioneer in figure skating by offering fans the rare opportunity to witness some of the world’s most creative and cherished champions performing together in both individual and ensemble routines. Founded and produced by Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, Stars on Ice is one of the premier family entertainment events in the U.S., and the only figure skating tour in America, that has annually brought fans the greatest American figure skaters into their hometowns.
About Stars on Ice
Founded in 1986 by skating icon Scott Hamilton, the Stars on Ice tour has performed more than 1,500 shows over the last three decades. Past Tour performers include Olympic Gold Medalists Kristi Yamaguchi, Katarina Witt, Scott Hamilton and Torvill & Dean. The Tour has won three Emmy Awards, one ACE Cable Award (Best Sports Special), and is recognized as the finest ice production in the world. Stars on Ice is produced by IMG, the global leader in sports, fashion and media. For more information about the Tour, visitwww.starsonice.com. Keep in touch with Stars on Ice on Facebook: www.facebook.com/starsonice, Instagram: www.instagram.com/starsonice and on Twitter: @starsonice, www.twitter.com/starsonice.