Rose Garden Viewing Party Rocks Despite Trail Blazers Loss
By sarahhecht Posted in: playoffs, viewingparty
There’s something different about the playoffs. The players are different. The fans are different. The energy is different.
But the most striking difference is the true emergence of the Rip City mentality. It seems like everyone you see is wearing Trail Blazers gear. You high-five random strangers in the grocery store because you notice their sporting the pinwheel. And most of all the camaraderie of Rip City is in the rain-filled air we breathe as we all start to really believe.
I’ve been feeling it for a few days now, but Rip City: Playoff Style really hit me tonight in the Rose Garden.
The Official Trail Blazers Viewing Party was incredible. Over 3000 Blazermaniacs showed up decked out in their red and black. Blaze the Trail Cat, the BlazerDancers, the Stunt Team and "Mercy Mercy" Jerome Kersey were all in attendance.
The original plan was to have only the West Club Level open to fans. Within five minutes of opening the doors the West Lower Bowl and South Lower Bowl had to be opened. Not long after that the 100 level of the west side of the arena filled up too. We packed the place.
This “viewing party” was far more than simple viewing. Like any other game in the Rose Garden, the crowd was roaring. I can try to put into words what I mean, but instead I want you to watch this video. It will give you goosebumps I can only hope to cause.
While you’re watching, keep in mind the game is in Dallas and this crowd is watching the jumbotron like a giant TV. I filmed this as the Trail Blazers took the lead in the 4th quarter. Needless to say, I had chills.
What did I tell you? Amazing.
Rip City fans are one of the reasons I’m not worried about this series. I’m confident we’ll get a win on their floor and I know Dallas doesn’t stand a chance when they play in the Rose Garden on Thursday and Saturday. A crowd like ours in playoff mode will be the x-factor.
For me the viewing party was to true start to the post-season. I soaked up the playoff energy from everyone in the building. An energy I’ll pass on to all those I come in contact with. The energy that makes us all Rip City.