50-yard field coming together
PORTLAND — The curtain is about to be pulled back on the city’s newest professional sports team as the Portland Thunder debut Monday night in the Moda Center.
The franchise was revealed last October and the past five months have been a whirlwind to get everything ready for kick-off. Clackamas entrepreneur Terry Emmert bought the rights to the Milwaukee franchise that folded following the 2012 season.
The team hired a front office, involved fans in a contest to name the team, hired a firm to help with branding including the logo and jerseys, held open tryouts and whittled the roster down to the league-required 24 men all in quick time.
The Thunder have only eight players with arena football experience of three years or less. Fans will most recognize the name of Darron Thomas, the former Oregon Duck quarterback.
The arena game is different than the outdoor game. While scoring is nearly identical, the field is shorter in width and depth. There are also no sidelines, rather padding to protect fans from having a player land in their lap. Throw in some rules to make the game quicker and high-scoring, it’s fun for the entire family.
The team kicks off their 18-game schedule versus San Jose at 7:00pm.