Rose Garden - Portland, Ore.
The Rose Garden arena in Portland, Ore., played host to Unforgiven in 2004. While the venue hasn't hosted any other WWE pay-per-view events, RAW and SmackDown have hit the Rose City's main sports arena multiple times.
Built in 1995, the Rose Garden is part of Portland's Rose Quarter and is home to the NBA's Trail Blazers. Other Portland-based teams who play at the Rose Garden are the Western Hockey League's Winter Hawks and the National Lacrosse League's Lumberjax. The arena also held the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the Vans Invitational's Dew Action Sports Tour, both in 2005. Entertainment performances at the Rose Garden have included David Bowie with Nine Inch Nails, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers and American Idols Live!. The Rose Garden also hosts indoor track and field events, gymnastics, monster truck rallies, rodeo and bull riding events, circuses, boxing matches and trade shows.
Portland, Oregon's largest city, has a population of more than 550,000, and straddles the Willamette River. It's called the Rose City because its climate is ideal for growing the flowers, and the city held its first Rose Festival in 1907. Portland's 1979 urban growth boundary divides urban areas and farm land, and within 15 miles of downtown, farms and barns are literally across the street from large suburban developments on the line of demarcation. The city is known for its parks and preservation of open spaces. Portland is one of two cities in the continental United States with an extinct volcano within its city limits.
Portland is known for its microbrewery beer, and the city has 33 breweries -- more than any other city in the world. The city holds many beer festivals throughout the year, and a large number of movie theaters serve beer. Skiing and snowboarding are popular in the Portland area, as there are many resorts nearby at Mount Hood. The city is home to Oregon's largest university -- Portland State University, as well as Oregon Health and Science University, and several other smaller colleges, including Lewis & Clark College, Concordia University and Pacific University.
Notable Portlanders include WWE Superstar "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and young adult author, Beverly Cleary. Several characters from The Simpsons are named for streets in the neighborhood of Northwest Portland, as the series' creator, Matt Groening, grew up in nearby Portland Heights neighborhood. The cartoon characters include Ned Flanders, Kearney, Reverend Lovejoy and Mayor Quimby.