Chris McGowan talks ASG bid with H&J
The Portland Trail Blazers are making an official run at to host the NBA All-Star Game in the Rose City.
We Want Next. pic.twitter.com/lNJDqxqCCS— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) August 14, 2014
Chris Haynes confirmed with Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan that the organization is attempting to make a run to host the festivities in 2017.
“For our fan base, it’s long overdue, particularly in one of the few cities that has yet to actually host an NBA All-Star game,” said Chris Oxley, General Manger of the Rose Quarter. “This, quite frankly, could be the single-most significant sporting event or event in general that the city has every had the ability to host. I think that’s very meaningful in terms of Portland taking it to the next level as a host of future major events.”
Via TrailBlazers.com's Casey Holdahl,
The theme of the bid, which was submitted to the NBA on Wednesday and entitled “We Got Next,” promotes Portland as the 10th fastest growing city in the United States while noting major sportswear companies like Nike, adidas and Columbia are based in the area. The materials also call out Portland’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge while noting over 400 wineries and 60 breweries are all within an hour’s drive.
“The city is fully capable of hosting an All-Star game," Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan said, "the region is fully capable and we, obviously, have an arena and a campus and the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum and a Convention Center and eventually a convention center hotel all in very close proximity to each other.”
“The only hurdle would be, I’d say, competition amongst other teams that are bidding for this,” said McGowan. “We’ve heard there are anywhere from six to 10 other franchises bidding. Getting the NBA open-minded to coming to Portland — they’ve been on record saying that they would be willing to look at an All-Star Weekend in Portland.”
There is no deadline for the NBA to make the decision, though McGowan said he expects to hear from the league “sometime this year.”