Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Orlando Magic: A Live NBA Game is So Much Fun!

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We spent the last couple of days in Orlando and ended our trip with a visit to the Amway Center to watch our first NBA game in person. The Orlando Magic was playing the Brooklyn Nets, and I'm happy to say our team came out the victors. Bring on the Magic!


The Amway Center is gorgeous, clean and huge. There were a lot of things to do inside, besides watch the game, which was great for us because we arrived early to avoid traffic, and wander around a bit to explore the venue.


This was our view going up the escalator. Seeing the life-sized posters on the wall got us excited to see the players on the court.

 

We went to our seats early, just to find them, and were delighted to find they were on the end (no having to climb over other people to get to our seats when the stadium filled up, and it did fill up, was a big bonus). We looked at the rows above us from where we were, and honestly, it didn't look like there would be a bad seat in the house! We had a great vantage point to see all of the action. We were first row in section 109A and here is a photo in case you want to see how that would look for a concert or game that you might like to attend at Amway.


 Even if we hadn't been able to see from our seats (and we definitely could see!) it would have been okay because they have a multi-screen video display running in the middle that shows all of the action.  


The Orlando Magic Blimp flies around at different times during the home games. Cute. And probably fun to operate for the guy (or girl) holding the remote control.


Stuff the Magic Dragon made a great mascot. Even when he wasn't officially entertaining the crowd, he was entertaining to watch (sitting on the back of someone's seat, or even just walking around). He's uber cute.


We thought it was interesting to see what really happens at the games, vs. what we see at home on the TV. It's great to catch it on the screen, but seriously far better in person. There's really not a dull moment. Every time out has someone coming on the court and doing something exciting (we really enjoyed the Orlando Beatz coming out with their drums!). It was even nice to see what the players do on the sidelines when they're not on the court. I guess just being there in person made it feel more real.


 We actually ate when we first came into the venue (pizza for the boy and I had homemade macaroni and cheese and cornbread) but half time sent us out for drinks and popcorn. Little man chose the endless bucket in case he wanted to get free refills. He got a souvenir cup too, but I accidentally threw it away when I was cleaning up around our seats before we left. 👀 That cup had free refills too, if you wanted to get them.


Our team played hard. D.J. Augustin (the shooter in this picture) scored 16 points and had 6 assists. He was the second highest scorer of the night, right behind Markelle Fulz who had an amazing 25 points. I got some pictures of him, but none that were really clear. There was a limit on the zoom size of a lens that you could bring in, so I didn't bring my DSLR, but rather a point-and-shoot camera.


It was an exciting game to watch, and it was even tied at one point (not for long, but it happened).


The final score was 101 Orlando, 89 Brooklyn.


The stadium lit up like a firecracker, the dancers flooded the floor and the celebration was on!


We walked around the venue some more after the game, and came across this awesome display of true-to-size cardboard cutouts. At first blush, on the court, my son thought the players didn't look so tall after all (remember, he's trying to grow tall so he can be a contender on the court). Standing here, he had to rethink that statement. ;)


Shaquille O'Neal played for Orlando Magic for awhile, and he and other players were commemorated in the displays.


Penny Hardaway had a jersey that my son was geeked to stand next to for a picture.


This whole section was mesmerizing, and we spent a good deal of time, enjoying what we were seeing. My son was soaking it all in. He is a true basketball fan. I enjoyed the items on display too, but I was more excited to see him going through it and getting excited about the things and players he recognized.


The items selected were carefully thought out, but the signed basketballs were my favorite. The one above captured a big win.


A lot of the items were under glass so you couldn't mess them up, which was smart considering so many had something to drink or eat in their hands.


The memorabilia went all the way back to the Inaugural Season, 1989-1990.


Every game is exciting, but I'm sure everyone was on fire for that first game.


We headed to the souvenir shop inside. There is a huge store outside, but we just went to the one closest to where we were, and my son selected a ball to take home.


The one he got also happened to be the one I would have picked out for him. I like the darker colors because they don't show the wear and tear as quickly as the lighter balls do. This ball had a good grip on it too; way stronger in fact, that the two basektballs he got for Christmas. ;)


Of course on the way out, he and every other child that had a basketball, were NBA super heros until they got to the car. How could they not try to mimic the greatness they had just seen on the court; that excitement had to be contagious. Fortunately, there was an area in middle where kids were encouraged to play (parents downloaded an interactive app and the kids could be filmed while playing).


I usually don't let him bounce a ball inside, but here I let him do it all the way to the escalator that took us down to our exit, and even then, outside until we got to the street, where we had to cross to get to our car. That blurry snap against the backboard of performers who have played at Amway Center is supposed to show my son in action, but like I said, due to zoom restrictions, I took the point-and-shoot camera and some of my pictures are subpar. The experience wasn't though. We had a fantastic night out, and I highly recommend attending an Orlando Magic home game at the beautiful Amway Center when and if you are in the area.

24 comments:

  1. Live NBA games are so much fun!! I have been to several over the years. It looks like you had an amazing time.

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  2. WOW I never would have dreamed that there was so much going on the statium. Looks like your son had a blast

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  3. What a wonderful time for your son. I know he was looking forward to this.

    Your son is very handsome.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  4. Any time the boys and I can go to a pro basketball game in person, we make a day of it. It doesn't get any better. Looks like you all had a great time.

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  5. So very glad you enjoyed it. Another precious addition to the memory bank.

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  6. Oh yeah, that seems like a lot of fun, must have been somewhat of a dream come true for the young once :)

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  7. Wow what an experience! I watched it only on TV before and even then it was pretty exciting.. what more when you see it live!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  8. Nnnniiiccceeeeee...in my life, I so much want to watch a live NBA game! I hear so much about NBA but don't give it so much heart. Perhaps a visit here can change my mind.

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  9. Kristine Nicole AlessandraJanuary 8, 2020 at 5:47 AM

    Watching a live game is definitely better! I've been to a few games myself and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not only watching the game, but feeling the energy from the crowd - it was so much fun!

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  10. Live games are so much fun! Great to see you had such a good experience.

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  11. I must admit that I'm not much of a sports fan, but I do like basketball. It moves fast and is a lot of fun for me to watch. I'm glad that you and your family had such a great time at the game.

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  12. Lucky you! Looks like you had a blast!

    Cheers!

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  13. That is one great experience! I watched it on TV before but I cannot imagine in person. Live NBA games are filled with so much energy.

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  14. I’m know your son had a blast. The arena looks awesome. I’m a lakers fan :-) but I’ll watch any nba games in person when I can.

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  15. Sure sounds like an awesome time was had. Yeah, he may need to grow a weee bit taller lol Great that the ball has good grip, as some don't and aren't as durable. Always nice to have a seat where you don't have to crawl over people too.

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  16. That looks amazing. I am actually going to Orlando next month!

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  17. Looks like you all had a great time! I would love to see the Orlanda Magic play.

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  18. Isaak would have been in heaven over that. He likes soccer too. But he's been playing basketball, for longer.

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  19. Wow, it seems that your son had an amazing time. I would check for Orlando Magic Play.

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  20. Your son had a blast! I hope my nephews can watch too soon! They love basketball!

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  21. I love to see what goes on during the commercials too. There's nothing like feeling the energy from the crowd during the game, as opposed to just yelling at the screen from your couch LOL. Looks like Little Man had a fantastic time. I'm sure he's geeked to have that awesome new ball to practice his moves with!

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  22. Sounds like a great and memorable experience you guys had!

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  23. I agree. I've been to a few live NBA games in my lifetime and they are such fun. The energy and excitement of the game is infectious and it is even sweeter when the team you are rooting for wins.

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