The Trail Blazers play their home games at the Moda Center, located in the Rose Quarter in Northeast Portland, OR. The Moda Center seats nearly 20,000 fans and is known as one of the best arenas to watch a basketball game in the country. Portland’s stadium was formerly known as the Rose Garden before the Blazers and Moda formed a community partnership in 2013. The Blazers originally played their games in Veterans Memorial Coliseum from the inaugural season in 1970 until moving to the new venue in 1995.
The term “Rip City” came from Bill Schonely, the legendary voice of the Trail Blazers from 1970-98. After a clutch basket by Jim Barnett in a game during the first season, Schonely hollered ‘Rip City!’ after the ball swished through the net. The phrase quickly caught on and Rip City was born.
Today, Rip City stands for the thousands of Blazermaniacs located throughout the city of Portland, the state of Oregon, the United States and around the world who make up one of the best fan bases in all of sports. The energy and passion displayed by Blazer fans has given the Moda Center a reputation as being one of the very best places to watch a basketball game.
The Trail Blazers are coming off an incredibly successful season in 2013-14, when the team won 54 games and earned the fifth seed in the deep and talented Western Conference. The Blazers then defeated the Houston Rockets in a thrilling six-game series to advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs for the first time since 2000. Four-time NBA All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge and fellow All-Star Damian Lillard anchor one of the best starting lineups in the league along with Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and Robin Lopez.
The Portland Trail Blazers play 82 games during the 2014-15 NBA regular season schedule, including 41 home contests at the Moda Center. The Blazers play every Eastern Conference team twice, every Northwest Division rival four times, and all other Western Conference teams either three or four
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul Allen in 1988. The team's rich heritage includes 30 postseason appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals and a commitment to community service and sustainability. In 1977, the team led by Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas won the NBA Championship in Portland’s first-ever trip to the playoffs. Clyde Drexler holds the franchise records for points scored (18,040) and games played (867).
The name “Trail Blazers” was determined after a public “name the team” contest that received around 10,000 entries. The common definition of a “trailblazer” matches the innovative approach of the team. The Trail Blazers’ “pinwheel” logo is a modern graphic interpretation of five basketball players from one side going against five players from the other and rotating around a center circle in a pinwheel kind of motion.