I don't know about you, but having a chance to relive a handful of Trail Blazers classic games has been helping me get through the NBA hiatus.
It’s been fun to watch the best of the best from the Portland Trail Blazers.
Re-watching Game 4 of the 1992 NBA Finals battle between the Blazers and Chicago Bulls, makes me realize once again how intimate it was to witness a game at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
During the Game 4 broadcast, NBC’s Marv Albert mentioned it was, “hot and humid in Game 3,” in the Coliseum.
There’s no doubt arenas have come a long way and so has their air conditioning. Most arenas are frigid these days.
When Portland was named as an expansion city back in 1970, the Memorial Coliseum became the team's home court. Its seating capability for basketball games was 12,666.
After the 1992 NBA Finals, construction began on the Rose Garden/Moda Center.
It wasn’t until 1995 that the new arena would open.
But man, there were so many great memories in the old building.
Three NBA Finals were played in the Coliseum. Of course, Portland won it all in 1977 -- that was probably the most memorable moment. Portland also played in the Finals in 1990 and 1992.
Not to mention, the 1992 Tournament of the Americas welcomed in the Dream Team to the Memorial Coliseum.
With the feeling of the fans right on top of the court, homecourt advantage was pretty special in the Memorial Coliseum.
Watching the 1990 NBA Finals Classic game earlier this spring, re-airing on NBCSNW, that game had many in Rip City reminiscing about what it was like to watch games in that building.
As part of the Blazer’s 40th anniversary celebration, they played a preseason game at Memorial Coliseum on October 14, 2009, when the Phoenix Suns made a visit to Portland. And then to celebrate the franchise’s 50th Anniversary this past season, the Blazers hosted the Denver Nuggets at the Memorial Coliseum on October 8th of this season for an exhibition game.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts had memories flooding back to him before that preseason contest.
Portland has always been a great venue. Whether it’s here or at Moda Center. It’s sold out. The fans are always good… It was a tough place to play. – Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts back on Oct. 8, 2019
And, it wasn’t just great basketball played in the Coliseum.
From November 30 through December 2 in 2007, the Memorial Coliseum hosted the 2007 Davis Cup Tennis final between the USA and Russia.
Plus, we haven’t mentioned the superstar musical performers that put on shows at the Coliseum.
- The Beatles (1965)
- Led Zeppelin (1970, 1972)
- Elvis Presley (1970, 1973)
- The Bee Gees (1979)
There’s so much history within the walls of the VMC. I just wish I would've been able to watch an NBA Finals game in that building.
Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon.