PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With a new company set to handle food-and-beverage service at Portland Trail Blazer games, the firm that will no longer manage the Rose Garden arena has notified state officials it will lay off 900 employees.
The Trail Blazers and Rip City Management announced last week it would take over management of the Rose Garden from AEG Facilities, and that Levy Restaurants of Chicago will oversee food and beverage services.
The new agreement takes effect July 1.
AEG Facilities notified the state it will lay off the 900 employees on June 30.
Affected workers can reapply for jobs under the new manager.
The Trail Blazers and Rip City Management issued the following statement:
“It is our understanding that AEG believed it legally necessary to issue the WARN notifications, including standard language covering transitions of this magnitude. Being an AEG communication, it naturally does not mention our plan of integration. As part of our self-operation of the Rose Garden and Rose Quarter, we expect many of the affected employees will have opportunities for continued employment.”