Located 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 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 had become known as Glendale. The town was nearly destroyed in a major fire in the year 1900. However, the town was salvaged and the majority of it was rebuilt. There are actually only a few heritage structures that remain now, the majority 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 own area. They however, do stick to the sports team supporting the state of Oregon. The sole professional sports team out of this area could be the Portland trail Blazers. They are a professional basketball team belonging to the National Basketball Association. This team was one of the most successful teams from Oregon in the NBA from the 1970s until the 1990s. They have a record number 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 were able to revive itself after the departure of some players. A few of the new players that were introduced to the team were Greg Oden, Brandon Loy and LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Portland blazers participate in the Rose Garden Arena which is one of 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. They were part of the National Lacrosse League from their inception in 2006. They played 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 24 had become the youngest owner of a professional sports franchise. Until the dispersal of the Portland LumberJaks by the NLL, they played all of their games in the Rose Garden Arena.
The 2 minor soccer teams of this area are known as the Portland Timbers and also the USL First Division. These were also actively pursuing the Major League Baseball teams 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.
Some of the other sports teams that make news in this area 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 going back to 1894. A number of the other college sports that are looked at with great interest are college baseball championships as well as the NCAA mens cross country championships.