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The Portland Memorial Coliseum opened in November 1960 as a flexible, multi-purpose venue hosting such events as concerts, rodeos, circuses, ice shows, and trade shows. In its forty-year history, the coliseum has also been called home by several Portland franchises including the Buckeroos (Old Western Hockey League), the Winter Hawks (hockey), and the Trail Blazers (basketball). It is described as a smaller, more simple version of the Rose Garden.