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It took me 27 minutes to go to the bathroom, stand in line at a concession stand, and I got to my seat with 6 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and I didn't even have the hot dog I wanted because the concession lines were not moving.

They need to remove several thousand seats just to start. If there was an emergency in that place and people needed to get out quick there would probably be a large casualty rate considering the traffic jam that took almost 10 minutes to get out of the building. I'm really, really glad the Rose Garden exists.

Bob Loblaw

It took me 3 minutes to go to the bathroom, stand in line at a concession stand, and I got to my seat after only missing 15 seconds of hot Blazer action because I went during a timeout in the 3rd quarter. Any concourse will be jammed, any concession line will be long during halftime, so maybe think about that next time you're trying to do what 11,700 people are also trying to do.

Oh, and I got out within 2 minutes (Seat to door) because I used the closest available exit. In a building so simple and elegant, I wonder what type of emergency you'd experience that wouldn't also be a nightmare in the Rose Garden (aside from Travis Outlaw's play - ouch!)

Brian Libby


Even though I would second what Bob is saying, I do sympathize with what you're saying about being stuck in a crowd. I think some liberty could be taken in a renovation with removing the stairway on the west side of the concourse to bring more room there, and I also agree it might be a good move to put in new seating with wider legroom that reduces overall capacity. That said, I don't think any of this detracts from the broader overall architectural experience at the Coliseum being a special one. Did you notice the view outside, the one you'd never have at the Rose Garden?

Luke Perry

I too was at the game last night. I got there a little early and was watching my nephews getting their faces painted (red and black of course) and looked up to see that the curtain was down. I mentioned this to my brother and proceeded to take a peek at the goings on in the arena.

I was floored when I walked in and saw the Coliseum in a whole new light. What a beautiful building, and I wondered why they had never lowered the curtain during a game before. I of course snapped a few picturess and there are a number of them out there on the internet that are of higher quality than mine.

It was a magical night. The Memorial Coliseum, Bill Schonely, being with family, etc. I have not felt that proud of my city in years as I did last night. I would like to think that some of the maintanence people had the foresight to know that leaving the curtain down would really show of the building and would show the crowd how magnificent the building really is.

I would like to thank (again) Brian, Gil Frey, and all of the architects who worked so hard to give the building a new lease on life.

Luke Perry

Just to follow up on what Garrett had to say. Yes, it was crowded but I left for a bathroom/food break a few minutes before half time and had no problem. I am not sure if the lower levels had the concession stands going or not. I remember as a kid when I went to shows at the MC that every concession booth was always opened and people congregated as much on the lower level as they did upstairs.

I seem to recall in later years they shuttered some of those booths and forced everyone upstairs. Has that changed at all and what was it like last night?


Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix still exists. I see it from I-10 every time I go down there:


Marc Hull

Is there any reasonable explanation for why it has taken 40 years for the curtain to be removed for an NBA game in the MC? Removal of that curtain makes the viewing experience unique unquestionably and it seems to me that it should have been done from the get go. Having said that, I don't think the "view from the bowl" is sufficient to save the old barn, but it's a real shame this feature was not highlighted over the decades the facility was in use as an NBA arena.


With some of the 'dissing' of the MC that's been going on, isn't it just a bit ironic that we have the Trailblazers back in the...'old barn'... . The MC seems to have come in very hand here. Where might the Trailblazers have been playing if the MC had not been available? The Lloyd Center ice rink?

A picture showing the view of the city skyline through the coliseums glass curtain wall seen from the arena should have been included above instead of the earlier one posted, now taken down, revealing how the view through the glass wall has been obstructed by the massive roof and wall of the nearby Rose Garden arena.


curtain was not opened because the management was uncertain of the ability to re-close it again. all mechanical and fabric was original. Now, newly restored.


Wow, thanks. Former PDXer here and while I've been to half a dozen or so MC events in the 1970s and 1980s, I don't think I even realized you could see out from inside the area area. I guess if I thought through the geometry it'd be obvious but the curtains were always up and most events were at night anyway. That's just spectacular with the curtains down!

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