The Portland Trail Blazers will welcome fans back to Moda Center with the start of the 2021-22 NBA season on Wednesday, October 20 vs. Sacramento with a 7:00 p.m. tipoff. Fans can expect plenty of fun giveaways, live music, gameday posters, new food and beverage options and so much more. Tickets to opening night and the remainder of the Trail Blazers season are available now at trailblazers.com/tickets or by calling 844-RIP-CITY. Health and safety will continue to be at the forefront with required proof of either COVID vaccination or a negative test taken within 72 hours and mandatory masks.
Fans will be greeted on the Rose Quarter Commons to an outdoor pregame party (weather pending) starting at 5:00 p.m. with a live DJ, Fred Meyer sign making stations, free Rip City placards, airbrush artists and more. The party continues inside Moda Center on the concourse with Blaze’s Parade, where you’ll catch Blaze and his friends interacting with fans, giving out prizes and taking photos. Once inside the arena bowls, free giveaways await fans on each seat, including Opening Night hats courtesy of Moda Health. Fans will want to be in their seats to experience another epic game open and player introductions.
Oregon natives and America’s Got Talent (AGT) Semifinalists We Three will be performing twice throughout the evening, first with a special performance of the National Anthem, then again with a live performance at center court during halftime. We Three, the sibling trio and lifelong Trail Blazers fans made up of Joshua, Bethany and Manny, have reached international fame and have now accumulated over 100 million streams of their music.
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the NBA, the Trail Blazers and new jersey patch partner StormX are celebrating the most historic eras of Trail Blazers basketball. To tip off the 2021-22 season, we’re starting by featuring Trail Blazers GOATs (Greatest of All Time). Stop by the Rose Quarter Commons on Opening Night for a photo opportunity with some Trail Blazers-branded goats and a raffle opportunity to win jerseys and Goat Yoga class passes from local business Original Goat Yoga.
The Trail Blazers Foundation 5050 Raffle returns this year for the first time in 18 months to raise important funds for local nonprofits and give fans the chance to win thousands of dollars. Fans can purchase tickets at two kiosks and from mobile sellers throughout the arena through halftime of every home game.
The Trail Blazers Gameday Poster Series is back for the 2021-22 season. Each commemorative poster showcases unique designs from local artists for each Trail Blazers home game. One hundred numbered -edition posters are printed and available for sale first come, first served at the new Rip City Made Pop-Up retail location at entry A5 on the 100 level concourse next to the flagship Rip City Clothing Co. location inside Moda Center. New this season, gameday artists will also re-interpret their poster art into a commemorative t-shirt, also available for sale each home game. A portion of all net proceeds from the Gameday Poster Series and t-shirt sales will be donated to the Trail Blazers Foundation, benefiting local nonprofit organizations in Oregon and SW Washington. To date, the program has raised over $65,000 and has also provided local artists a platform to share their unique talents and interpretation of Rip City with our fans.
Staying true to our local roots, the Rose Quarter has plenty of new local food and beverage options. We’re proud to support these minority-owned vendors inside Moda Center this season:
- Baes Fried Chicken - Fried chicken restaurant from Portland restaurateur Micah Camden (SuperDeluxe) and Portland-born NFL lineman Ndamukong Suh’
- Cookie Dough Café - Founded by Joan and Julia out of a passion for baking with their mother when they were children.
- Kama’aina – Made up of a bunch of local families from O’ahu and headed by Chef Kevin Yamada, their food is all about ohana (family), sharing their lives and caring for one another.
- Fifty Licks - Fifty Licks owner Chad Draizin loves food science. He is fascinated by the chemical cartwheels that happen when beer is brewed, bread is baked, and ice cream is churned (or spun, as they say in the biz).
ROOT SPORTS, a joint venture between AT&T Sports Networks and the Seattle Mariners, is bringing Trail Blazers games to more fans than ever before, almost doubling reach across Oregon, Washington and Alaska. ROOT SPORTS recently announced an agreement with DirecTV and DirecTV Stream as viewing options for the 2021-22 season, along with major services Xfinity/Comcast, fuboTV and more. To see what’s available in your area, visit trailblazers.com/watch and use the Zip Code Finder.
This year’s television broadcast will be better than ever with the return of Kevin Calabro as Television Play-By-Play, Lamar Hurd as Television Analyst, Brooke Olzendam as Courtside Reporter and Television Host, Michael Holton as Television Studio Analyst / Radio Analyst and Travis Demers as Radio Play-By-Play. Joining the Trail Blazers broadcast team throughout the season is SportsCenter legend Neil Everett as Television Studio Host for most road games, with Jamie Hudson and Craig Birnbach in-studio for the remaining road games. Orlando Williams will return as Television Studio Analyst for all road games.
The Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter are requiring all guests ages 12 and up attending any event at the Rose Quarter to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide proof of either a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event or a negative lab-based date and time stamped rapid test taken within 48 hours of the event. Kids under age 12 can come to events without proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test unless sitting within 15 feet of the court and benches at a Trail Blazers game.
To speed up the process of entering the arena, check in online using the new RQ Check-In by uploading your vaccination card or your negative test results. You will receive a green checkmark to show vaccine verification or a blue checkmark to show negative test verification. Simply show your checkmark to the guest attendant at the entrance to Moda Center to gain access to the arena. Visit rqcheckin.com to get started.
Other health and safety precautions have been put in place at the Rose Quarter including:
- Mask Policy – In accordance with the county and state mask mandate, masks are required on the Rose Quarter campus at all times unless actively eating or drinking.
- No Bag Policy - Bags larger than 5”x8” will no longer be allowed in the arena to limit contact and wait times. Exclusions will apply for medical needs and diaper bags.
- Any medical and diaper bags must go through x-ray machines at specific ADA entrances.
- A bag check will be open on the Rose Quarter commons, with price varying by event.
- Cash-Free Campus – The Rose Quarter is now a cash-free campus, allowing for reduced contact, frictionless customer experience and shorter wait times.
- Smoke-Free Campus –The Rose Quarter is now a smoke-free campus. There will no longer be an outdoor smoking section anywhere on campus.
- Mobile Tickets Only – All tickets will be digital and there will be a contactless ticket scanning system upon arrival to the arena. Tickets will have a rotating bar code and cannot be screenshotted.
For more information on health and safety policies, including acceptable proof of vaccination and negative test results, visit rosequarter.com/welcome-back.
Source: Portland Trail Blazers