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Portland's Sports Teams

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer courtesy Hillsboro Hops

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Whether you’re an athlete, an avid sports fanatic, or a casual observer out for a good time, there’s nothing like the energy and excitement of a crowded sporting event. While Portland may not have an NFL team, it makes up for it with one of the fiercest college football rivalries in the nation and a loyal fan base for just about every other sport we have in town, like arena football. Portlanders are a good-natured lot and the beer served at these events comes from some of the best microbreweries in the country – but don’t be fooled. The fans here are not soft. Home to some of the most ardently focused fans in the country, Portlanders boast a competitive streak nearly as long as the Columbia River.

Stumptown’s pride includes NBA, MLS and NWSL teams – all with impressive followings. Portland area spectator sports include basketball, soccer, hockey, minor league baseball, college football, arena football, and roller derby. With the addition of a championship women’s major league soccer team (Portland fans supported The Thorns with more gusto than any other city in the new National Women’s Soccer League, with more than 16,000 fans showing to the first home game of the season) and the pending arrival of a Portland-based minor league baseball team (the Portland Pickles) at the newly revamped Walker Stadium in Lents Park in June 2016, it’s definitely shaping up to be an exciting time for sports fans in Portland.


Portland Trail Blazers
NBA Basketball
Moda Center
One Center Court
Portland, OR 97227

The Portland Trail Blazers, or The Blazers as NBA fans commonly know them, are a much beloved part of Bridgetown life. Playing in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference, the team held the longest streak for consecutive games sold out from 1977 through 1995, a level of support that really shows how Blazer fans are die-hard and aren’t shy about public displays of affection. They won the NBA Championship in 1977, one of three times they advanced to the NBA Finals. Enjoy the halftime show’s Blazer dancers, while you sip one of Pyramid Brewing’s full-flavored medal winning craft beers, or local food favorites Bunk Sandwiches, Sizzle Pie, or Salt & Straw ice cream.

Portland Timbers
MLS Soccer
Providence Park
1844 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97205

The Portland Timbers, winners of the 2015 MLS Cup, handed their beloved fans the franchise's first national championship! With a history dating back to 1975, the Timbers were the 18th soccer club to join the ranks of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2009, and celebrated their inaugural season in 2011. Just talk to a Timbers fan and you’ll see why Portland was given the moniker, “Soccer City USA”—their enthusiasm is nothing short of contagious. A quintessential Portland tradition, the cutting of the victory log is something to behold. Each time the team scores during a home game, a round is cut with a chainsaw behind the north goal. Now, if that doesn’t get you cheering, nothing will.  

Portland Thorns FC
National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)
Providence Park
1844 SW Morrison
Portland, OR 97205

When it comes to soccer in Portland, the men aren’t the only ones getting in on the action. Formed in 2012, and owned by the same entity that claims the Timbers, the Portland Thorns are one of only two NWSL teams that have been granted Major League Soccer affiliation. And if that doesn’t yield enough bragging rights, the Thorns were also the winners of the first ever NWSL championship in 2013.

The Hillsboro Hops
Minor League Baseball
Ron Tonkin Field
4460 NW 229th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Founded in 1977, and then known as the Salem Senators, the Hillsboro Hops are an affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. If you want to see no-frills baseball as it was meant to be played, check out these two-years-straight winners of the Northwest League Championship Series in action. The Hops’ 38 regular season home games are mid-June through early September at newly-built Ron Tonkin Field, which has room for 4,500 fans. The beer garden, the Bridgeport Brew Pen, is located at the end of the first baseline.

Portland State Vikings
Portland State University
Multiple Venues

An affiliate of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Vikings represent Portland State University (PSU) in all things sports. No matter what the season, the Vikings always have something to offer. Men’s sports include: Football (held at Providence Park), basketball, wrestling, track & field, and tennis. Women’s sports include: Basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, softball, and track & field.