PORTLAND Portland s arena football team announced Tuesday that the franchise will be called the Portland Thunder.

We wanted to choose a powerful name that will define our team and attitude of our franchise, said owner Terry Emmert.

The name for the team was chosen from hundreds of fan-submitted entries, Emmert said.

Seth Johnson, the first person to submit Portland Thunder, officially won the naming contest and will receive a pair of season tickets for his submission.

The Portland Thunder will kick off the inagural season-opener at the Moda Center on Mar. 17 against the San Jose Sabercats.

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