Last year we went on a tour to the Moda Center, where the Trail Blazers play. We got to visit the place when the team was good, and had lots of players liked by my family. I’m glad we went then.
This is the visitor’s changing room. Limited space, not comfortable chairs, so they don’t like to stay, said our tour guide.
The large pictures on the wall towards the changing rooms and the court are amazing.
RoLo’s shoes, size 20.
Robin Lopez was a favorite Blazers, and he got to sit in his chair and put his feet next to his shoes.
Damian Lillard’s shoes. Chris Kama’s shoes.
Wesley Matthews shoes.
Matthews the one we actually ame to see I think. And so very sad he was injured last year, and even more sadness when we heard he was leaving Portland. So this season, we gave Lucas for his birthday tickets to see the Blazers play Wesley Matthews with his new team, Dallas Mavericks. It was fun to see him play again, and got a big ovation when he was introduced. Portland liked Matthews. We miss seeing him play for Portland.
The Blazers get a much nicer space than visitors. Funny to see the difference.
A stop at the (empty) showers, with the shower heads so very high up in the ceiling almost. Got it… these are all tall guy ins using it. And the funny thing… a Kirkland shampoo laying around…. with the many thousands of dollars these players get paid and using Costco brand shampoo… funny. This (also) tall seat in the treatment room, if they get injured playing. The kids had to jump high to be able to sit on them.
We then walked to the court. the day we went they were getting the court ready for ice hockey. I had no idea how they did this.
They put water over the floor and cold. Right now they were painting the field.
The drawings and logos were amazing!
After painting all the signs and logos and sponsors, they put another layer of water, to cover these.
It was so much fun to watch them get the court ready. So that night they had a hockey game, and the following day there was a Blazers game, and they said that they put the floor on top of the ice and have the basketball game. The players and coaches and people sitting in the front row notice that there is ice underneath, because they have to keep the court cold enough to keep it frozen, so it makes it for a much cooler sitting. Which the players (playing) actually enjoy.
The VIP sections are cool too.
It was a real fun tour. If you live here, I recommend it.