Located in Douglas County in the state of Oregon, United States, lies the small city of Glendale. Glendale features a population of only 855 people according to the 2000 census report and has an area of 0.4 square miles. As the economy of Glendale was centered on logging, it had been 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 known as Glendale. The town was nearly destroyed in a major fire in the year 1900. However, this town was salvaged and the majority of it was rebuilt. There are just a few heritage structures that remain now, most of them concentrated on Main Street with the Presbyterian Church among the prominent historical landmarks.
Being a small city, Glendales sport enthusiasts cannot feature any sport or professional team originating from their own area. They however, do follow 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 NBA. This team was essentially the most successful teams from Oregon within the NBA through the 1970s until the 1990s. They’ve got a record number of wins and attendance during this time. The team slipped from its key position in the 200s due to financial difficulties in addition to personal issues but managed to revive itself following the departure of a few players. Some of the new players which were introduced to the team were Greg Oden, Brandon Loy and LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Portland blazers play in the Rose Garden Arena which is among Oregons main indoor sports arenas. Most 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. Until the dispersal of the Portland LumberJaks by the NLL, they played all their games inside the Rose Garden Arena.
The 2 minor soccer teams in this area are known as the Portland Timbers and the USL First Division. They 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 leading them to the 2nd professional team in Oregon.
A few of the other sports teams that make news in this field are 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 competitive sport between the Oregon Ducks as well as the Oregon State Beavers. This is one of the oldest college sports rivalries dating back to 1894. Some of the other college sports that are looked at with great interest are college baseball championships and the NCAA mens cross country championships.