By Sam Coombs
At this point in the year, Portland, Maine is a great small city to be in if you’re a sports fan. Portland has two professional teams under way as the winter slowly approaches. The Portland Pirates and the Maine Red Claws are both exciting teams to go watch that have a great professional atmospheres right here in Portland, Maine.
The Pirates will be playing in the newly renovated Cross Insurance Arena and hope to have a great season for the fans of Portland. They are an affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes with many future NHL players on their roster. They have seen strong play so far from team captain Alexandre Bolduc and Brenden Shinnimin who lead the team in points early in the season. Both of these players have played for the Pirates in the past and hope to elevate their games to the NHL this season. The Portland Pirates next game is November 26th at 7 p.m. vs Worcester and would be a great time for any of you SMCC students looking for a night with friends.
The Maine Red Claws kicked off their season on November 14th against the Oklahoma City Blue on the road with a new head coach Scott Morrison hoping to lead his team to the playoffs for the first time. The Maine Red Claws play at the Portland Expo Building while it is a small venue it still creates a great atmosphere. There are high flying dunks, fast play and a great professional basketball experience.
There is also not a bad seat in the house and it won’t break your bank as tickets start at just 10 dollars. Players like Jeremy Lin, Antoine Walker, Avery Bradley and Ricky Davis have all seen the floor in Portland and you never know who you will see next. From Danny Ainge to Doc Rivers or old faces like Walter Mccarty and Tommy Heinsohn all have come through to watch the Claws in action.
The Red Claws currently have former Celtic Chris Babb on the roster back in Maine for his second stint and rookie Dwight Powell who was sent down by the Celtics to get some playing time and experience.
This sports season should be an exciting one in Portland as it is a great city to have some fun off campus while watching high-level sports close to home. So go check out the Maine Red Claws and Portland Pirates, you won’t be disappointed.
Maine Red Claws Tickets: 207-210-6655 or nba.com/dleague/maine/
Portland Pirates Tickets: 207-pirates or portlandpirates.com