Rip City is gearing up for the Trail Blazers to return home for Game 3 in their First Round series against the Denver Nuggets.
And now, we know more fans will be allowed to attend!
In a press release that was sent out Monday, the team announced they will be able to welcome more fans to the Moda Center. President & CEO of the Portland Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter Chris McGowan, later announced that the plan is to welcome 8,000 fans to Moda Center during the Blazers postseason run.
Two weeks ago the Blazers had announced ahead of their matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, attendance would be increased to 10% of the arena’s full capacity.
Now along with vaccinated sections at Moda Center, the Blazers and CJ McCollum got his wish to have more fans in attendance.
Ahead of Game 2 in Denver, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts shared his thoughts on the big news.
“I’m really excited about it,” Stotts said. “I’m looking forward to it. We’ve had a few games now on the road where there have been a few fans and to have 8,000, I look forward to walking out into the arena… All the excitement before the game and then all the energy that the fans are going to bring to the game.”
Games 2 is slated for Monday before the Blazers play in front of the home crowd for Games 3 and 4 on Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m. The first four games will air on NBC Sports Northwest, the official network of the Portland Trail Blazers.
“It’s the playoffs so it’s already going to be energetic, but the fact that we’re going to have fans to it, it’s going to feel more and more like the NBA playoffs.”