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Trail Blazers Returning to Old Home for a Night

Portland season-ticket holders get throwback paper tickets to anniversary celebration games. (Courtesy Portland Trail Blazers) Preseason game in Veterans Memorial Coliseum kicks off 50th anniversary celebration Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum will once again fill with all things Trail Blazers as the NBA franchise moves into the venue across the plaza from its Moda Center home to kick off its preseason schedule on Oct. 8, the first step in a seasonlong celebration of the team’s 50th anniversary.  The Blazers, which started play in Memorial Coliseum and used it as home until 1995, winning the team’s lone NBA championship in the building in 1977, will make the first return to the building in a decade. While the venue has remained in operation since the Blazers moved across the Rose Quarter campus, only one other Blazers game, during the preseason of the team’s 40th anniversary, has taken place in Memorial Coliseum since 1995.  […]

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Heavy Duty

After Mary Poppins flew into the balcony at the Fox Theatre, this outside exit needed to be tented for the curtain call in case of rain. (Courtesy Fox Theatre) How theaters handle the demands of the most complex traveling productions Flying carpets, falling chandeliers and a magical nanny that hovers above the audience have been stretching the limits of the special effects that theaters can accommodate. Theatrical productions are getting bigger and heavier and often require additional structural work, leaving operations managers scrambling to retrofit their venues. “Creative people will always push boundaries,” said Bill Dantos, vice president of theater operations for Blumenthal Performing Arts, which runs the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. “And the operations directors at PACs have to deal with it or lose the show.” Dantos had to reach out for help to mount “Phantom of the Opera,” “Aladdin,” “Mary Poppins,” “Billy Elliott” and “Jersey Boys” […]

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New MLS Venues Renew Premium Hospitality

The Sunset Club, an open-air gathering spot at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, home of LAFC. (Courtesy LAFC) Concessionaires help design social experiences, wider range of offerings for soccer fans  Already this Major League Soccer season, Minnesota United FC has opened $250 million Allianz Field and the Portland Timbers have pumped $85 million into expanding and renovating Providence Park. Both venues, plus 2017 newcomers Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles and Audi Field in Washington, D.C., came with a rethinking of the way MLS delivers premium hospitality, now that the league’s teams largely have their own buildings. Building venues specifically for the sport has allowed concessionaires to work with architects and design experiences into the construction. It also offers better programming to align with expanded ticket offerings, such as all-inclusive, open-air social gathering spots and a broader mix of higher-end clubs and suites.  “We see an increase […]

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Timbers, Thorns Launch Hospitality Brand

Park Provisions, created with Levy, will make debut for Providence Park’s reopening When Providence Park reopens June 1 for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns after an $85 million renovation, the soccer clubs will also introduce their new hospitality brand. In collaboration with Levy, the second-year concessionaire at the downtown stadium, Major League Soccer’s Timbers and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Thorns completely revamped the way they deliver concessions by creating a localized brand and upgrading services, all under the Park Provisions brand. The clubs are announcing the new brand Monday. “It was an appropriate time with the transformational change at the stadium,” said Mike Golub, president of business for the Timbers and Thorns. “We worked hard at finding a brand we felt was consistent with the club and the city and arrived on Park Provisions. Fans will see a number of things, the look and feel, speed of service […]

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New Growth for Portland Timbers

The three-level east stand at Providence Park will open for the Timbers’ June 1 game. (Craig Mitchelldyer / Portland Timbers and Thorns FC) Three-story addition part of Providence Park renovations about to debut Twelve games into the 2019 Major League Soccer season and the Portland Timbers will still not have played a home match. That all changes with the June 1 reopening of Providence Park, the downtown Portland home of the Timbers and the National Women’s Soccer League Portland Thorns. The reopening comes with 4,000 new seats from a recently finished three-level east stand, but also includes a refresh of the existing concourse and a new marketplace at one of the venue’s major entrances. Construction on the privately financed $85 million project kicked off at Providence Park after the 2017 season. Work continued during 2018, forcing the rerouting of fans and the closure of a portion of the already tight confines. […]

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