Situated in Douglas County within the state of Oregon, United States, lies the small city of Glendale. Glendale features a population of just 855 people as per the 2000 census report and it has an area of 0.4 square miles. As the economy of Glendale was primarily based on logging, it was given the name of Stumptown. It was later given the name of Julia as an honor to one of the town’s prominent citizens Sol Abraham’s wife. Eventually this town came to be generally known as Glendale. The town was nearly destroyed in a major fire in the year 1900. However, the town was salvaged and most of it was rebuilt. There are actually only a few heritage structures that remain now, most of them focused on Main Street with the Presbyterian Church among the prominent historical landmarks.
As being a small city, Glendales sport enthusiasts cannot feature any sport or professional team originating from their own area. They however, do stick to the sports team supporting the state of Oregon. The only professional sports team from this area is the Portland trail Blazers. These are a professional basketball team from the National Basketball Association. This team was essentially the most successful teams from Oregon in the NBA through the 1970s until the 1990s. They’ve got a record amount of wins and attendance during this time. The team slipped from the key position in the 200s owing to financial hardships in addition to personal issues but managed to revive itself following the departure of a few players. A few of the new players which were brought to the team were Greg Oden, Brandon Loy and LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Portland blazers play in the Rose Garden Arena that is one of Oregons main indoor sports arenas. The majority of the sports events in Oregon such as basketball, hockey etc occur in this centre.
The professional Lacrosse team in Portland, Oregon is well known by the name of the Portland LumberJaks. These were part of the National Lacrosse League from their inception in 2006. They played in the League from 2006 until 2009. It was after the 2009 season that they were dissolved. This team was owned by Angela Batinovich, who at the age of twenty four had become the youngest owner of a professional sports franchise. Prior to the dispersal of the Portland LumberJaks by the NLL, they played all their games in the Rose Garden Arena.
The 2 minor soccer teams in this area are called the Portland Timbers and the USL First Division. These were also actively pursuing the Major League Baseball teams together with the Portland Beavers vying to get a position there. Their position in the Major League Baseball was confirmed in 2009 making them the 2nd professional team in Oregon.
Some of the other sports teams that make news in this field have been in the sports of basketball with four teams as part of the recent International Basketball League. Carrying on one of the old traditions of this area is the Civil War; a contest between the Oregon Ducks as well as the Oregon State Beavers. This really is one of the oldest college sports rivalries dating back to 1894. Some of the other college sports that are viewed with great interest are college baseball championships as well as the NCAA mens cross-country championships.