April 18, 2014, Portland (ISN) – The Portland Winterhawks open the Western Conference Final tonight against the Kelowna Rockets, and should the series go to a Game 6 on Sunday, April 27, it will now start at 2 p.m. instead of the previously scheduled 5 p.m.
Game 6 will be played at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, with the change in start time being made so the Winterhawks’ game doesn’t coincide with Game 4 of the NBA’s first round playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. that night at the Moda Center.
With the Winterhawks’ game being moved up to 2 p.m., it will alleviate traffic congestion around the Rose Quarter campus for fans of both teams. It will also create greater parking availability for Winterhawks fans, and allow them to park at a cost of $8 for the game.
“We know there are traffic challenges when we play at the same time as the Trail Blazers, and we worked closely with them to come up with a solution to create the best possible experience for fans of both teams,” said Winterhawks President Doug Piper. “We’re also grateful to the Kelowna Rockets and the league office for cooperating with the change in game time.”
Tickets to Games 3 and 4 next Tuesday and Wednesday are on sale now at winterhawks.com, the Rose Quarter box office and the Winterhawks’ tickets office at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Tickets for Game 6 would go on sale as soon as it’s known that there will be a Game 6.
Winterhawks players are also encouraging fans to participate in a whiteout at all home games during the playoffs, and are asking fans to wear white to the games as a show of support to the team. Fans can use the hashtag #WinInWhite on social media to encourage others to join in the whiteout.