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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Portland gets Davis Cup tennis final

There's supposed to be a big announcement today at 1:

The United States Tennis Association (USTA), Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Arena Management and Global Spectrum, operators of the Rose Quarter, will make a major announcement regarding the host city of the Davis Cup Final, scheduled for November 30 – December 2.
Since the announcement will be made at Portland City Hall, I don't think they'll be announcing that it's Barcelona.

The crazy thing is, apparently it's going to be in the Coliseum.

Comments (10)

They had 5,000 people in the Coliseum for the Winter Hawks on opening night and it was cramped. They think they're gonna get twice that in there for tennis? Good luck.

Actually it will probably sold out and the O addresses the issue for the use of the Coliseum vs the Garden. Remember, the place had something like 500 sellouts with the Blazers. Unlike many things, I'm sure it will be fine.

Cramped at 5,000? It used to seat 12,000 for the Blazers. Somebody take out a lot of the seats?

Greg C

"Portland's reputation as an avid sports town" - When did this happen? Last time I checked, we only had 1 professional sport team. No, the Lumberjax don't count...

I attended the last Davis Cup at the Coliseum-it held more than 12,000 because with the tennis venue there can be some additional lower/on the court seating. Its a good tennis venue with nice views and a sunny foyer, unlike the dungeons of the Rose Garden.

Maybe Chris is talking about the lines to get in, or for concessions.

Winter Hawks typically only open half the entry doors and half the concession stands, since the arena is usually around half capacity for their games. Actually, they do this on nights with higher attendance, too, but that's another issue.

The venerable old Coliseum holds just over 10K for hockey, I believe, and closer to 12K for BBall, since the BBall surface is so much smaller than the ice sheet. It's perfectly adequate to handle that kind of crowd if all the entry doors and concession stands are open.

Ok, I lettered in tennis in High School. But is this supposed to be a big deal or something? I mean c'mon...who cares?

Its big because its international. Maybe doesn't mean much to us, but enthusiasts from across the west will descend on Portland during that weekend.

Personally I'm going to buy tickets and I will be there to root for the USA. It'll be like 1980 all over again when we win and take the hockey gold.... wait this is tennis?

Portland has a very large tennis community. We would have no problem selling out the venue on our own. However, people will be coming from all over the country for the Davis Cup Finals. There is already a scramble to secure tickets and they haven't even gone on sale yet.

You bet I am coming...There is a big tennis community in Seattle coming too.
If you are into tennis, this is it. This is like the world cup soccer.

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