Press Release Regarding Thursday Rally

The Blazers update their rally info:

BLAZERS TO HOST PLAYOFF RALLY ON APRIL 16

Tickets for first two games of ‘ Rip City Uprise' to go on sale that same day

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Trail Blazers will tip-off the postseason on Thursday, April 16, with an afternoon rally at Pioneer Courthouse Square , allowing fans to wish their team well before the Trail Blazers embark on their first playoff appearance since 2003.

**UPDATE**

The Trail Blazers RIP CITY UPRISE rally, in Pioneer Courthouse Square , will take place from noon-3 p.m. The event, which will feature music, contests, giveaways, video entertainment and appearances by alumni ambassadors, will be emceed by Trail Blazers play-by-play voice Mike Barrett and will feature an appearance by the entire Trail Blazers team and coaching staff at approximately 2 p.m.

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Earlier Thursday, at noon, tickets will go on sale for the first two home games of the "Rip City Uprise" - a.k.a. the 2009 NBA Playoffs - at the Rose Garden. Less than 1,000 tickets are expected to be available for each game. Tickets will be sold exclusively at the Rose Quarter box office, with a maximum of four total tickets available to each customer.

"The rally gives us an opportunity to thank the NBA's best fans," Trail Blazers CMO Sarah Mensah said, "It's a chance to celebrate an incredible season, wish the team luck and build the excitement before the playoffs get started."

The 2009 NBA Playoffs begin on April 18 and 19. The Trail Blazers first-round opponent and game dates and times will be determined no later than April 15, after the conclusion on the NBA's regular season schedule.

The Portland Trail Blazers currently have a record of 50-28, and are on pace for their best regular-season finish since the 1999-2000 season. On April 5, they clinched a playoff spot for the 27th time in their 39-year history.

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

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