Firm says 900 Rose Garden employees to be laid off




PORTLAND — With a new company set to handle food-and-beverage service at Portland Trail Blazer games, the firm that will no longer manage the Rose Garden arena has notified state officials it will lay off 900 employees.

The Trail Blazers and Rip City Management announced last week it would take over management of the Rose Garden from AEG Facilities, and that Levy Restaurants of Chicago will oversee food and beverage services.

The new agreement takes effect July 1.

AEG Facilities notified the state it will lay off the 900 employees on June 30.

Affected workers can reapply for jobs under the new manager. A Trail Blazers spokesman told The Oregonian newspaper he doesn't know how many people will be hired for food service and other services under the new management plan.