Veterans Memorial Coliseum (Portland)

  • Portland Trail Blazers ( NBA 1970-1995 )
  • Portland Winter Hawks ( WHL, since 1976)
  • Portland Buckaroos ( WHL, 1960-1975 )
  • Portland Power ( ABL, 1996-1998)
  • Portland Pride ( CISL, 1993-1997)

The Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a multi-purpose arena in Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. The event hall with 13,000 seats is on the National Register of Historic Places since 10 September 2009 ( German: National Register of Historic Places ) due to its architectural significance because of the International Style. The roof and the glass facade are held by four 21 meter high massive concrete pillars and surrounds without connecting the stands of the arena like a glass box. The Arena ( German: The Glass Palace ) because of its glass exterior facade The Glass Palace called. Outside the arena there are two granite walls on which are the names of American war victims.

End of the 2000s, the city of Portland had the plan to demolish the aged with the years Hall and build a new baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers, as their venue PGE Park for the Portland Timbers ( MLS) is transformed into a football stadium. The inclusion in the National Register, this plan was prevented. Then sat Mayor Sam Adams a commission of 32 members. You have to organize the rehabilitation and continued operation of the Memorial Coliseum.

The arena was built in 1960 by Hoffman Construction was from 1970 to 1995 the home of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Here they celebrated their far only NBA championship in 1977 As of 1995, the team played in the Rose Garden Arena, only about 50 meters away and built for 262 million U.S. dollars ( today: Moda Center). Around. The ice hockey team of the Portland Buckaroos WHL wore from 1960 to 1975 their games at the Coliseum from. They were followed by the Portland Winter Hawks ( WHL), which are established to date in Portland Memorial Coliseum since 1976. Just had guest appearances of Portland Power of the only existing from 1996 to 1998 Basketball League ABL and the Portland Pride ( 1993-1997) from the Indoor Soccer League CISL.

In his history of the Memorial Coliseum was the venue for many events. 1965 gave the Beatles on their U.S. tour two concerts at the Arena in Portland. The poet Allen Ginsberg wrote about this event, the poem " Portland Coliseum ". It found, for example, Performances as well as an election campaign of Barack Obama for the 2008 presidential election or the visit of the Dalai Lama instead of Elvis Presley and Luciano Pavarotti. In addition to winning the title in 1977, the Portland Trail Blazers in 1990 and 1992 managed a place in the NBA Finals. The Davis Cup final in 2007 between the United States and Russia was held in the Hall from November 30 to December 2. Once a year, the Portland Rose Festival takes place. The et al Grand Floral Parade associated starts at the Coliseum and then passes through the town.

In early 2011, the Portland City Council decided the name of the hall in memory of fallen U.S. soldiers from Portland Memorial Coliseum Veterans Memorial Coliseum to change.