Trail Blazers Sets To Begin $16M Plan For Improvements To Moda Center
The Trail Blazers on Thursday announced that they will begin the first phase of a $16M upgrade for the Moda Center and its training facility during the upcoming offseason. The team will refurbish 1,800 club level seats and renovate 20 of the arena's 66 suites in Moda Center, with the remaining 46 suites to be renovated over a two-year period. The Blazers for the first time also will build 12 "studio suites," each of which will seat four people. The team also will eliminate its "chef's table" club-level product and will refurbish Moda Center's Rose Room into a private club. The team additionally will build a new glass enclosed bar in the Moda Center's 300 level along with new retail kiosks and upgrade the arena's WiFi system (John Lombardo, Staff Writer). In Portland, Jason Quick notes it is the "largest single investment in capital improvements" since Owner Paul Allen bought the team in '88. Construction of four projects "will begin this summer and many of them are expected to be done" in time for the '14-15 season. The renovation of the suites "figures to take up to two years." Meanwhile, the team's practice facility, which had a $3.8M upgrade last year, "will continue to expand this summer" (Portland OREGONIAN, 3/21).