Located in Douglas County within the state of Oregon, Usa, lies the small city of Glendale. Glendale has a population of only 855 people according to 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 had been 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 had become 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 only a few heritage structures that remain now, the majority of them focused 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 originating from their very own area. They however, do stick to the sports team supporting the state of Oregon. The only professional sports team out of this area is the Portland trail Blazers. These are a professional basketball team belonging to the NBA. This team was one of the most successful teams from Oregon in the NBA through the 1970s up until the 1990s. They have a record number of wins and attendance during this period. The team slipped from its key position in the 200s due to financial hardships in addition to personal issues but were able to revive itself after the departure of a few players. A few of the new players that were brought 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 particular centre.
The professional Lacrosse team in Portland, Oregon is known by the name of the Portland LumberJaks. They were part of the National Lacrosse League from their inception in 2006. They took part in the League from 2006 until 2009. It was following 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 of this area are called the Portland Timbers and the USL First Division. They were also actively pursuing the Major League Baseball teams with the Portland Beavers vying for a position there. Their position in the Major League Baseball was confirmed during 2009 making them the second 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 in this area is the Civil War; a contest involving the Oregon Ducks and the Oregon State Beavers. This 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 as well as the NCAA mens cross country championships.