Oregon’s largest metropolitan area is the natural landing place for some of the biggest events in all of sports, from the NCAA Basketball Tournament to the IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships. The extraordinary success of events like Davis Cup tennis, the Major League Soccer All-Star Game, Women’s World Cup Soccer, and multiple U.S. Figure Skating Championships, has firmly established Portland as a place where top-flight events come to shine. Most recently, the Rose Quarter seamlessly hosted the biggest and best in-season college basketball Tournament ever staged: PK80 — the Phil Knight Invitational.
As the home to the NBA’s Trail Blazers, along with Timbers and Thorns soccer and Winterhawks hockey, Portland offers a wide variety of professional sports options, as well as two spectacular venues in Providence Park and the Rose Quarter, which consists of the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Portland’s reputation as home to the best soccer environment in North America has been rewarded with recent league championships by both the Timbers and Thorns. The Thorns also happen to have the highest attendance of any women’s professional sports team in the world. Meanwhile, the Hillsboro Hops single-a baseball team is the latest addition to Oregon’s sports landscape, launching to great fanfare in an intimate new ballpark in 2013 and then promptly winning back-to-back league championships.
Portland’s proximity to the coast and mountains, as well as the region’s booming Athletic & Outdoor Industry led by Nike, adidas and Columbia Sportswear, has transformed the city into a Mecca for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Popular annual events include the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon in nearby Yamhill County.