Located in Douglas County in the state of Oregon, United States, lies the small city of Glendale. Glendale has a population of just 855 people according to the 2000 census report and 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 being an honor to one of the town’s prominent citizens Sol Abraham’s wife. Eventually the 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 most of it was rebuilt. There are actually just a few heritage structures that remain now, most of them concentrated on Main Street with the Presbyterian Church as one of the prominent historical landmarks.
As being a small city, Glendales sport enthusiasts cannot boast of any sport or professional team provided by their very own area. They however, do stick to the sports team supporting the state of Oregon. The sole professional sports team from this area is the Portland trail Blazers. They are a professional basketball team belonging to the NBA. This team was one of the most successful teams from Oregon in the NBA from the 1970s until the 1990s. They have a record amount of wins and attendance during this period. They slipped from its key position during the 200s due to financial hardships in addition to personal issues but managed to revive itself following the departure of a few players. Some 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 which is one of Oregons main indoor sports arenas. The majority of the sports events in Oregon like basketball, hockey etc take place in this centre.
The professional Lacrosse team in Portland, Oregon is well known by the name of the Portland LumberJaks. These were a 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 on the age of twenty four became the youngest owner of a professional sports franchise. Until the dispersal of the Portland LumberJaks by the NLL, they played all of their games inside the Rose Garden Arena.
The two minor soccer teams of 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 within the Major League Baseball was confirmed during 2009 making them the second professional team in Oregon.
Some of the other sports teams which make news in this area 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 competitive sport between the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers. This really is among the oldest college sports rivalries going back to 1894. A number of the other college sports which are looked at with great interest are college baseball championships and the NCAA mens cross country championships.