Play in Rip City, join Timbers Army

Pro teams have many enthusiastic fans in Clark County

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Portland Trail Blazer Meyers Leonard battles with Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers in the Rose Garden.

Portland Winterhawks Marcel Noebels celebrates after scoring the go-ahead goal against the Tri-City Americans in the 2012 Western Conference Playoffs at the Rose Garden.

There are several professional sports options that can deliver prime entertainment for area fans.

Whether you’re a resident of Rip City, enlisted in the Timbers Army or a National Hockey League junkie needing a fix while your favorite league remains embroiled in a season-decimating lockout — the Portland-Vancouver sports scene holds something for you.

Hearts blaze red hot for Rip City

The Portland Trail Blazers remain the hottest show in town — even as the team rebuilds around young talent that can produce both nights of delight and disappointment. Just look at the team’s record-setting home sellout streak of 195 games. The streak extended into this season and testifies to the fans’ die-hard devotion.

“We’re eternally grateful to our fans for their loyalty during the sellout streak, and look forward to their continued support throughout the season,” Blazers team president and CEO Chris McGowan said in a statement. “With a new coach, new players and a high-energy brand of NBA basketball, we’re building something special in Portland and encourage all fans to get on board for an exciting ride.”

Get a kick out of this

This spring, the Portland Timbers will begin their third season in Major League Soccer and their Jeld-Wen Field site of the soccer madness will also become the new home for the Rose City’s newest professional women’s soccer club.

Portland has hosted several friendlies for the U.S. Women National Team, so it’s only right that the city gets a franchise in the new eight-team league. Other markets include Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Kansas City, western New York, New Jersey and Seattle. The season debuts this spring.

No lockout for the Winterhawks

The Portland Winterhawks, member of the 22-team Western Hockey League, faced steep penalties for player-benefit violations this past season, but they remain in the running for the championship.

The team provides a more-than-sufficient alterative for NHL hockey fans. The Winterhawks have six players on the roster who have been drafted by NHL teams, while another player, Seth Jones, is projected as either the first or second overall pick in next year’s draft. On the ice, the players have produced as the Winterhawks reign as the two-time defending Western Conference champions.

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Portland Trail Blazers

Regular season: October-April.

Venue: Rose Garden, 1 N. Center Court St. #150, Portland.

Individual tickets: $10 to $349, with variable pricing.

Season tickets and multiple-game packages: Season tickets range from $440 to $6,556. Prices vary on other game packages, including group tickets and mini-packs. Call 503-797-9600 for information.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at the Rose Garden box office, online at http://www.trailblazers.com, at 503-797-9600, or through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

On the Web: http://www.ticketmaster.com, http://www.nba.com/blazers/tickets/arena.html or http://www.stubhub.com

Directions: Take Interstate 5 south to the Rose Quarter exit, proceed through two traffic lights, enter parking garages as directed.

NFL FOOTBALL

Seattle Seahawks

Regular season: September-January.

Venue: CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle.

Individual tickets: $55-$394.

Season tickets: Various packages available. Call 888-NFL-Hawk for more information.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets or at 800-745-3000. CenturyLink Field box office open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

On the Web: http://www.seahawks.com, http://www.ticketmaster.com, http://www.stubhub.com

Directions: Take I-5 north to Seattle. Three exits place visitors near CenturyLink Field: James Street, Fourth Avenue and Airport Way.

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Seattle Mariners

Regular season: April-October.

Venue: Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle.

Individual tickets: $8 to $65, with variable pricing. To purchase, go to http://www.ticketmaster.com or call 206-346-4003.

Season tickets and multiple-game packages: Full-season prices range from $1,062 to $3,413. “All-Star” and “Diamond” club seats range from $7,910 to $27,350. Half-season, weekend, business, 16-game and All-Star club packages are also available.

On the Web: http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=sea, http://www.ticketmaster.com or http://www.stubhub.com

Directions: Take I-5 north to Seattle. Take Exit 164B to Fourth Avenue South, merge onto Interstate 90 west, turn right onto Fourth Avenue South, merge onto Interstate 90 west, turn right onto Fourth Avenue South. Turn right on South Atlantic Street.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Portland Timbers

Regular season: March-October.

Venue: Jeld-Wen Field, 1844 S.W. Morrison St., Portland.

Individual tickets: $4.95 to $77.50.

Season tickets: Prices range from $99 to $1,550, although the team’s website also lists packages ranging from $300 to $1,500 that are sold out. For more information, call 503-553-5555.

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at participating Ticketmaster locations or by logging on to http://www.ticketmaster.com

On the Web: http://www.portlandtimbers.com

Directions: Take I-5 south to 1-405 Exit 203B toward Beaverton/US-30 West. Merge onto I-405 south Exit 302B to Couch Street, Exit 2A. Take exit 2A to Burnside Street. Proceed straight to 15th Avenue. Turn right on Morrison Street.

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE

Portland Winterhawks

Regular season: September-March.

Venues: Rose Garden, Memorial Coliseum.

Individual tickets: Adult prices range from $14.25 to $52.

Season tickets and multiple-game packages: Adult prices range from $288 to $810. Prices vary on multiple-game ticket packages.

Tickets: Can be purchased online at http://www.winterhawks.com, at the Rose Quarter box office and the team’s ticket office inside Veterans Memorial Coliseum, or on the phone at 503-236-HAWK.

On the Web: http://www.winterhawks.com

Directions: Take Interstate 5 south to the Rose Quarter exit, proceed through two traffic lights, enter parking garages as directed.