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Best Sports Venues in Portland

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Burnside Skate Park

Burnside Skate Park was originally built by skateboarders looking for a place to practice their sport and was then approved by the city council as a designated skate park. Today, you will see a lot of youngsters there at all times of day and night, performing some daredevil stunts in the slopes of the structure. The place also has some artwork and spray painted murals on the walls, giving it a prohibited and rebel like feel. Go with your own skateboard or just borrow one from the friendly locals.

Portland, OR, United States
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Moda Center

Formerly known as The Rose Garden, Moda Center is home of the Portland Trail Blazers professional basketball team, and the premier indoor sports arena in Portland. Portland State University’s hockey team Winterhawks also play games here. The arena has room for nearly 20,000 spectators, though the number changes depending on the event, and is popular for concerts, shows and other entertainment productions. The Rose Quarter features an impressive array of bronze statues and the dancing water fountain is one of the stadium's most important facilities along with the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Theater of the Clouds.

Portland, OR, United States
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Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Rose Quarter

You'll find the Portland Winterhawks here from September through March. While they're the main attraction on ice, there are other skating shows and competitions here. Concerts and other community events are scheduled throughout the year in this little cousin of the Rose Garden. Located near the Convention Center in Northeast Portland, the stadium is an oval-shaped coliseum encased by a large glass housing. It keeps Portlanders dry and comfortable while they're being entertained. Next to the Rose Garden, it's the biggest draw to the Rose Quarter.

Portland, OR, United States
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Providence Park

Situated in the Goose Hollow locale of Portland, Providence Park is one of the city's premier sports arenas, seating an excess of 22,000 eager spectators. The home of the MLS soccer side Portland Timbers since 2011, the stadium was designated as a sports venue since 1926 and has been called numerous names in the past, with Jeld-Wen Field, PG&E Park, and Civic Stadium being a few of its most popular monikers. The arena was originally built in the year 1893 and has undergone a multitude of changes, with its current avatar sporting sloping seating blocks, slick pitches, and modern amenities. A true multipurpose facility, the stadium has hosted everything from outdoor concerts, music festivals and baseball games throughout its illustrious history.

Portland, OR, United States
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Peter Stott Center

The Peter Stott Center, owned by the Portland State University, is an excellent sports facility for students. The center is home to the Portland State University Vikings basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams. The center is replete with weight and circuit training rooms, an aquatics center, racquetball, squash and tennis courts. The facility also has physical education training classes and separate locker rooms. The recreation field is used for a number of scheduled PSU events. General public access is allowed when the grounds are not being used for the university events.

Portland, OR, United States
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Chiles Center - University of Portland

Play basketball, volleyball, attend sports conferences and even witness musical concerts of legends like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Now that's a rare treat! On a relatively smaller scale, you can also go for the Oregon Symphony which plays here sometimes. A visit to this very different recreational center in picturesque Portland allows you to be hand in hand with the arts. The center is also home to the University of Portland's basketball teams.

Portland, OR, United States
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Alpenrose Velodrome

Housed in the Alpenrose Dairy property, the Alpenrose Velodrome is one of the most popular sports venues in Portland. This cycling track was constructed in 1967 and was initially designed for the National Cycling Championship in the 1960s. The track has been host to several national and international sporting events and sees cyclers from all over the world. Besides, it is one of the steepest track in the United States and is inclined at around 42 to 43 degrees which makes it more challenging. You can be a member of OBRA if you wish to use these challenging tracks for practicing your skills. Alpenrose Velodrome is popular venue for a plethora of events and can seat more than 500 people.

Portland, OR, United States
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Portland International Raceway

Portland International Raceway brings drag races and other professional racing, including NASCAR events, to the Portland area. This popular raceway was built on the city of Vanport, which was wiped out by a flood in 1948. The Formula One racing circuit also holds events here. Known to locals as 'PIR', it is conveniently located at Delta Park, only a few minutes from downtown. If you're staying in the area, you may even hear the cars at night.

Portland, OR, United States
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