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THEY PROMISED A ROSE GARDEN, NOT NIRVANA
Published November 28, 1995
"Whether you're in the suites, at center court, or in the nosebleed seats, the Rose Garden has become a bit of a thorn in the side of many fans," writes Jeff Manning in the Portland OREGONIAN. Manning notes while the arena itself is "spectacular," its initial season has been a "rough one," with seating problems, "endless" lines, bad food and inflated prices. Blazers VP/Business Affairs J. Isaac notes the problems are "inevitable" for a new arena like the Rose Garden. Manning notes the Blazers will not let the problems "fester" as the team must keep seats filled to meet the debt payments on the $262M facility (OREGONIAN, 11/26). REPORT CARD: In addition to Manning's report, the OREGONIAN had a "Rose Garden Report Card" which graded the spectacle, food, drink, and design of the Rose Garden. For sound and spectacle, Marty Hughley gave concert sound an A-, game sound a B-, "bells and whistles" a B-, and overall atmosphere a B. Karen Brooks graded the food. The only item to get an A was the $5.75 curry chicken, while the $3 firedog got an F. She notes that while the Rose Garden is the arena of the future, it "isn't up to the task of serving the food of the 50's." Randy Gragg grades seating and signage as follows: seating earns a B-, lighting a B-, bathrooms an A, navigational signage a B-, game signage a B+, and concourse signage an A (Portland OREGONIAN, 11/26).