The title of this Big Ticket Plan says it all: RIVALS.
The smallest of the four big ticket plans, the eight game Rivals Pack
packs a big punch. You’ll be in the building and eating a corndog while others are wondering how to get their hands on a way to see the return of Brandon Roy and the sure to sell out L.A. Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
With every divisional foe on the docket as well, scoring tickets for as low as $11/game in the upper bowl and $52/game in the lower bowl is getting some serious bang for the buck.
Here’s how the pack maps out.
L.A. Clippers—Thursday, November 8th
Gone are the days when a game against the Clips was a sure tick in the win column. The Trail Blazers hold an 82-17 edge all-time in Portland, but since the Neil Olshey rebuild and addition of Chris Paul the other L.A. is 3-1 against Portland. This early season tilt will not only showcase a point guard battle between Paul and Damian Lillard, but also Kia-jumping Blake Griffin (if his knee is on the mend of course,) and the first return of former Trail Blazer Jamal Crawford. Start making your BEAT LA signs; you’re going to need them twice in this Rivals Pack.
Minnesota Timberwolves—Friday, November 23rd
The Timberwolves, like the Clippers, are another up and coming rival, but Minny falls into a category a notch above L.A. because they’re Northwest Division rivals. The big draw for this game is Brandon Roy’s return to the Rose Garden. As if that wasn’t enough of a draw, the Portland-Minnesota connections are just getting silly. The summer attempt to swoop Nicolas Batum via free agency is still fresh in the bad-blood category, Kevin Love who beat out LaMarcus Aldridge for a spot as a Western Conference All-Star in 2011 is from Lake Oswego and former Trail Blazers and coaches Rick Aldeman, Terry Porter, Billy Bayno and Dante Cunningham round out the Rip City relevance. So even though the Wolves were 26-40 last season this is a budding rivalry game you don’t want to miss.
Oklahoma City Thunder—Sunday, January 13th
The blood runs deep in this rivalry. Though it started when the teams were a short drive up or down I-5, the former Seattle SuperSonics still draw elicit disdain of Portland fans even though they’re now half a continent away. Add to that “the goaltend” from last season and this is one rock-solid duel. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, James Harden’s beard and Serge Ibaka will give the Trail Blazers a strong mid-season test and if recent history sets a trend we’ll steal at least one game of the series from OKC. Will this be the game the Trail Blazers topple the defending Western Conference Champions?
Indiana Pacers—Wednesday, January 23rd
An emerging rival—and the only one in the Rivals Pack from the Eastern Conference—the Indiana Pacers are the home of Portland’s major free agent target, Roy Hibbert. And with Indy coming off a successful season and returning their entire starting five, this one is sure to be a goodie. Though the series between the Trail Blazers and Pacers has been evenly matched for the last five seasons, home court advantage has proven fruitful. Will the same hold true this season when the Danny Granger, David West and the improving Pacers hit the Rose Garden?
Denver Nuggets—Wednesday, February 27th
It’s always a great game when the Denver Nuggets come to town. One of the closest all-time series in the Northwest Division at 81-71, the home-dominated matches have the Trail Blazers on a 7-0 run in the Rose City. Wiley veteran and former Trail Blazer Andre Miller will join big men Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee in what’s sure to be a ferocious attempt to steal a season series from Portland for the first time in three years.
Memphis Grizzlies—Tuesday, March 12th
Former Trail Blazer and member of the 1977 Championship team, Lionel “The Train” Hollins will return to the Rose City coaching two more former Trail Blazers in Zach Randolph and Jerryd Bayless. Add Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay to the mix and the key matchups in this one will be decided in the post. If it’s the big-man battle you love, this is one of the games you won’t want to miss.
Utah Jazz—Friday, March 29th
Long-time rival Utah Jazz carry a four-game sweep over the Trail Blazers last season, beating the team three times in the last month of the regular season. The storied history between the two opponents most contentious times date back to the early 90’s when the Karl Malone and John Stockton led Jazz met Clyde Drexler and the Trail Blazers deep in the playoffs two-years running. With the division rivalry still running deep, this year Paul Millsap and company will do their best to keep their win streak alive.
L.A. Lakers—Wednesday, April 10th
BEAT LA. Need I say more? Okay, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. As if that’s not enough of a reason to attend, the Rose Garden is an absolute mad house whenever the Lakers are in town and this late-season matchup will be no different, especially considering it’s the only time the purple and gold will be in town sans the opening night bonanza on Halloween. The best part about hosting the perennial contender is the struggles they constantly face on our turf—we’ve celebrated with streamers in eight of the last ten meetings and sent Kobe and company packing with disappointment. Will the trend hold true?
It’s not hard to see why the Rivals Pack
is a popular plan, especially with the inclusion of two top-tier teams in the Western Conference in OKC and the Lakers. And at eight games instead of 12 this is the perfect way to cram the most action into the fewest games. Head on over and get yours now to ensure you’ve got a seat.
If the Rivals Pack doesn’t suit your fancy, take a peek at our other ticket plans—the Big Games Plan
and the Value Plan