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Now Known As Rose Quarter
Date Opened 1960
Venue Capacity 12,888
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Venue Address 1 Center Court
Portland, Oregon 97227

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The Memorial Coliseum is an indoor arena, the oldest part of what is now known as the Rose Quarter area within Portland, Oregon. Financed by an $8 million bond approved by voters in 1954, construction was completed in 1960 and it was dedicated on January 8, 1961 to the "advancement of cultural opportunities for the community and to the memory of our veterans of all wars who made the supreme sacrifice." The facility is 100 ft (30 m) tall and has a footprint of about 3.1 acres. It is often referred to as "The Glass Palace" by Portland fans.

The Memorial Coliseum was the home of the Portland Buckaroos of the Western Hockey League and was the venue for the 1965 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship, the site of the second of ten such championships won by UCLA in the 1960s and 1970s.

When the Portland Trail Blazers franchise was awarded for 1970, The Memorial Coliseum became the teams home court, capable of seating nearly 13,000 when configured for basketball. Three NBA championship series have been (partially) played in the Coliseum; in 1977 (when the Trail Blazers won) and in 1990 and 1992 (the Blazers were defeated in both years). Construction began on the nearby Rose Garden Arena soon after the 1992 championship series, and it became the teams home arena when it opened in 1995.

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