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Oregon's Seven Regions

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Portland Metro

The Oregon Sports Authority’s tireless quest to bring big-time sports to Oregon has produced a number of high profile events for the state’s largest city in recent years. The extraordinary success of Women’s World Cup Soccer, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Davis Cup World Final and the Dew Tour has firmly established Portland as a place where top-flight events come to shine. Most notably, the exhilaration of March Madness and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament has returned to Oregon as a direct result of the Oregon Sports Authority’s work to eliminate state-sanctioned sports gambling. And in 2016, the world’s greatest athletes descended on Portland as TrackTown USA brought the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships to the Oregon Convention Center.

As the home of the NBA’s Trail Blazers, Timbers and Thorns soccer and Winterhawks hockey, Portland offers a wide variety of professional sports options, as well as two spectacular venues in Providence Park and the Rose Quarter — consisting of the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Portland’s emphatic arrival in Major League Soccer quickly became a nationwide story, while the Thorns put their own stamp on “Soccer City, USA” by winning the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League championship. The Hillsboro Hops single-a baseball team is the latest addition to Oregon’s sports landscape, launching to great fanfare in an intimate new ballpark in 2013 and then promptly winning back-to-back league championships.

Portland’s proximity to the coast and mountains, as well as the region’s booming Athletic & Outdoor Industry led by Nike, adidas and Columbia Sportswear, has transformed the city into a Mecca for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Popular annual events include the Warrior Dash Adventure Race in Washington County and Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon in nearby Yamhill County.

2012 NCAA Tournament Video


Watch our two minute video to learn more about the Oregon Sports Authority's efforts to promote the state as a premier sports destination.


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