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Portland Announces Thunder as Team Name

Tuesday November 12, 2013

 Portland Thunder chosen as AFL team name

PORTLAND, OR – Portland’s Arena Football League team announced today it has decided the name of its franchise. The team, which will begin play in the Moda Center in March, will compete in 2014 as the Portland Thunder. The name was chosen out of hundreds of unique fan entries.

“We appreciate all of the support we’ve received from our fan base and new season ticket holders,” said Owner Terry W. Emmert. “We wanted to choose a powerful name that will define our team and the attitude of our franchise. We feel our fans can be proud of the name Portland Thunder.”

Prior to today’s announcement, the Portland Thunder accepted team name suggestions from the local community, new season ticket holders and local schools through its “Name the Team” contest. As the first fan to submit “Portland Thunder” as his entry, Seth Johnson of Portland has been declared the winner of the contest. Seth will receive a pair of season tickets to watch the Portland Thunder live in action all season long.

The Arena Football League also released the 2014 regular season schedule yesterday, announcing the Portland Thunder will kick off its inaugural season at the Moda Center on Monday, March 17th when they take on the San Jose SaberCats. Season tickets are available for purchase starting as low as $99 by calling 503-773-4AFL or by visiting

Team President Jared Rose indicated that the franchise would be releasing further Portland Thunder branding elements, such as logo and team colors, in the near future.

For all the latest news and discussion on the Portland Thunder, follow the team on Facebook (, Twitter and Instagram (@portlandafl).

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