On Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m., Portland City Council will commemorate the Trail Blazers’ 50th anniversary by declaring the day to be Rip City Day. Mayor Ted Wheeler will read a proclamation that he will introduce. The ceremony will honor the rich history of the franchise and celebrate the team’s many accomplishments and contributions to the community during its 50 years of existence. It will also memorialize the beloved moniker “Rip City” that was founded by legendary team announcer Bill Schonely, and honor the fans who have transformed Rip City from a nickname into a community.
Trail Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan, Bill Schonely and Rolia Manyongai-Jones – “The Dancing Lady” who is also a season ticket holder of 29 years, will join the proclamation ceremony on behalf of the Trail Blazers. Members of the Rip City community are welcome to attend and encouraged to wear their Blazer colors.
The event will be held in the Portland City Hall Council Chambers on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m.