Photos: Moda Center Flying Ford Escape Saga


There was a basketball game on Thursday night at the Moda Center between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Indiana Pacers.

But one saga transcended those events going on between the lines. The Flying Ford Escape blimp, a staple at Blazers games crashed in section 209.  For twitter, we are using #FlyingFordEscapeGate. Still it took Blazers staff nearly half way through the quarter to get the blimp out of the section.

This tweet from @debra30198 alerted me to the Ford Escape’s presence in section 209.

These photos were taken from my media row seat at the Moda Center.

And then, the moment of truth. The Flying Ford escape fits in the tunnel!


A small victory against a beast of a blimp.

Twitter obviously had a pretty good time with the whole thing too.


Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He's covered the NBA for four seasons. You can also occasionally find his work on's NBA section for their TrueCities series. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.

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