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Trail Blazers season opener, Winterhawks game tonight: Expect traffic near Rose Quarter

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives on Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. The Trail Blazers beat the Pacers 114-96. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Blazers fans, your night has come.

Tuesday night is the season opener in Rip City, and the Rose Quarter is expecting a packed house.

The Trail Blazers are set to tip off against the New Orleans Pelicans about 7 p.m., and doors at the Moda Center open at 5:30 p.m.

The Portland Winterhawks are also hosting a home game against the Moose Jaw Warriors Tuesday night at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum (doors open at 6 p.m.).

With the huge influx of fans heading to the Rose Quarter, people are encouraged to try to head down early and avoid the traffic.

Drivers should keep in mind that the garages have only a certain amount of space, so people should try to carpool in or consider other transportation options.

Taking MAX or a TriMet bus line will help you beat the traffic, staff said, and the Rose Quarter also has several bike racks for cyclists who are heading to the game.

Anyone attending the game should keep in mind that bags bigger than 14” by 14” by 6” won’t be allowed inside the security checkpoints, the Rose Quarter said.

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