Nicknamed the “City of Roses” or “Rose City” due to its ideal climate for growing the flower, Portland has blossomed into a flourishing destination within the Pacific Northwest. Today the seat of Multnomah County is a hub for progressive thought and maker culture and features a vibrant food and arts scene.
Look past the scenic beauty and artistic lifestyle, and you’ll find that Portland is just as serious about sports as it is microbrews, music and creative hubs. Home to three major league sports franchises as well as fantastic racing and cycling events, like the IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland at the Portland International Raceway or the Cyclocross Crusade racing series, Portland is a fantastic stage for tournaments of all kinds. If you’re in town for a tournament or an event, consider a stay at any of Portland’s fine lodging accommodations, including the Hyatt Regency Portland, The Porter Portland, Curio Collection by Hilton, or The Hoxton.
Notable Recent/Upcoming Events
- IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland/ August 30-September 1, 2019/ September 4-6, 2020/ Portland International Raceway
- NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional/ March 29-31, 2019/ March 27-30, 2020/ Moda Center
- NWSL Championship/ September 22, 2019/ Providence Park
- National Veterans Wheelchair Games/ July 3-8, 2020/ multiple venues throughout Portland
- PK80 (Thanksgiving basketball tournament)/ November 23-26, 2017/ Moda Center & Veterans Memorial Coliseum – to be continued in a second iteration— PK Invitational/ November 12, 2019/ Moda Center
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- Providence Park
- Moda Center
- Oregon Convention Center
- Veterans Memorial Coliseum
- Delta Park
- The University of Portland
- Portland Expo Center
Located in the Goose Hollow neighborhood of Portland, Providence Park has a long and storied history dating back to the late 19th century. At present the park is home to the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as the Timbers’ developmental team in the United Soccer League.
The Timbers invested $85 million into renovations that concluded in 2019, adding a new concourse, upgraded video boards and 4,000 seats. Providence Park played host to the NWSL Championship on September 22, 2019.
Sports: Soccer, football
Home to the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the Moda Center is one of the premier indoor facilities in the Pacific Northwest. The arena has a capacity of 19,393 seats when configured for basketball games, with room for nearly 20,800 when configured to accommodate standing room, making it an ideal spot to host large indoor events. The center has housed concerts, monster truck rallies and circuses in the past, and is a go-to destination for concerts. The venue will be a host site for a NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional in March of 2020 after successfully hosting the event in 2019. Additionally, the Moda Center split hosting duties for the PK80 Thanksgiving basketball tournament with sister venue Veterans Memorial Coliseum in 2017 and the PK Invitational in November 2019.
Sports: Basketball, hockey, football, multipurpose indoor
Oregon Convention Center
Designed with a sustainable approach in mind, the Oregon Convention Center was the first of its kind to be LEED certified in 2004 and has racked up similar accolades since. As the largest event venue in the Pacific Northwest it is renowned for its architecture, where its twin spire towers and are a highlight of Portland’s Eastside skyline.
Among other features, the facility houses the Portland Ballroom, with 34,000 square feet of floor space, which can be divided into eight sections, as well as a 16,000-square-foot lobby. At large, the center offers 255,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space with drive-in access from the street level available on three sides. A pair of luxurious VIP suites overlooking the exhibit halls can be rented out, while 52 meeting rooms, high-speed Internet connectivity throughout the building and more make this an excellent option for tournament planners seeking a gorgeous indoor building.
The convention center will be one of the host facilities for the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which will take place from July 3-8 in 2020.
Sports: Multipurpose indoor
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Once the home of the Trail Blazers for 25 years, a respect for tradition and the history of basketball reverberate around the walls of Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Presently, the coliseum has seating for 12,888 during basketball events and is the home of the Portland Winterhawks, who play at Veterans Coliseum as well as the Moda Center. When configured for hockey, the coliseum holds 12,000 seats. Currently the venue hosts more than 150 events per annum and has hosted a bevy of major international events in the past, including the 2007 Davis Cup and President Obama’s first campaign rally in Portland.
Sports: Hockey, basketball, soccer, football, tennis, multipurpose indoor
With easy access from Interstate 5 and with extensive fields, the 87 acre Delta Park offers a fantastic backdrop for your next tournament. The park’s Owens Sports Complex includes seven softball fields, four turf soccer fields, five grass soccer fields and a concessions building.
Sports: Baseball, softball, soccer, multipurpose outdoor
The University of Portland
Home to one of the most dominating soccer and cross-country schools in the West Coast Conference, The University of Portland has a number of beautiful facilities. The Chiles Center indoor multipurpose arena offers 20,000 square feet of floor space and has seating for 4,852 spectators, while a new waterfront athletic campus is under construction. The new project will feature upgraded soccer, track, tennis and rowing facilities.
Sports: Soccer, tennis, volleyball, cross-country, basketball, baseball, track and field, beach volleyball, rowing, multipurpose indoor, multipurpose outdoor
Portland Expo Center
As the largest multipurpose facility in all of Oregon, the Portland Expo Center makes for an excellent spot for indoor tournaments. Event planners with take note of a roomy 330,000 square feet across this 53 acre campus, which features five exhibit halls and 10 varied meeting rooms. The center is in just minutes away from Portland’s city center, with hotel rooms and shopping in close proximity.
Sports: Multipurpose indoor
What is There to Do in Portland?
Abibliophobia isn’t in the vocabulary of patrons at Powell’s City of Books; the store is so large they literally give you a map to find your way around. Located at the edge of downtown, this massive bookstore occupies an entire city block, where nine color-coded rooms and more than 3,500 different subsections ensure you really will never run out of reading material.
Like most things in the Rose City, Portland’s culinary experiences are immaculately crafted works of art, thanks to the bountiful resources of the Willamette Valley. Whether one of the fortunate few to be granted a reservation to dine on regional Thai food hidden behind a speakeasy-style bookcase at Langbaan, in the mood for modernist Spanish tapas, or just looking to indulge in a great donut from Blue Star Donuts or Voodoo Doughnut, this is the place for you. From gourmet dining at five-star restaurants to the artful simplicity of food truck delights, there’s something on the menu for everyone.
Before or after you’ve enjoyed a great meal, make sure to take in the region’s outstanding outdoors, where you can travel to the Oregon Coast or Mt. Hood– the nation’s only mountain to feature a year-round ski resort—in less than 90 minutes time. And for additional scenic beauty minutes away from downtown Portland, there’s Forest Park, an escape featuring 70 miles of peaceful wilderness trails.
Finally, we’d be remiss not to mention Portland’s well-established arts scene, where a number of festivals celebrate artists and entertain the masses throughout the region. Fertile Ground Festival is an 11-day affair held each January, featuring premier projects, staged readings, developing works and a number of other events from the Portland creative collective.
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How to Get to Portland?
Portland is accessible via a number of interstates but most prominently through I-5, which runs from its western edge through the heart of the city, as well as I-205 to the east. If you’re flying into town, Portland International Airport (PDX) has direct flights and connections to most of the United States, as well as non-stop international flights to seven countries.
Company Name: Travel Portland
Sports Sales Manager: Cathy Kretz
Title: National Account Director
Company Name: Travel Portland
Sports Sales Manager: Jamie McCool
Title: National Account Manager