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PORTLAND A Portland man s artwork earned him first-class tickets on Alaska Airlines and club seats for the Timbers' home opener.

Paul Wright said the Timbers jersey was his inspiration and now he ll also have his own team-autographed jersey as part of his prize in Alaska Airline s Paint the Plane contest.

Wright s design features the team s name across the fuselage overlaid against a subtle soccer ball screen. The tail of the plane displays the team s signature chevron and ax.

My entry has strong design elements as well as very subtle touches, said Wright, a graphic designer and owner of WrightSideUpDesign. The Timbers' logo is such a powerful, iconic symbol; the ax says it all. I wanted to make that a focal point on the plane.

John Bode of San Mateo, Calif., was also selected in a tie with Wright.Their artwork was among about 500 designs submitted by fans across the country. Representatives from Alaska Airlines and the Portland Timbers chose the winners.

More: See winning designs

Wright s and Bode s designs will be combined into one theme and then the newly painted plane will be unveiled in early May.

To view the top designs and honorable mentions, check the Portland Timbers Web site.

The new Timbers plane will be a 737-700 and will become part of Alaska s regular service fleet.

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