ORLANDO — In honor of 35 years of Orlando Magic basketball, the team unveiled today a fresh Classic Edition uniform and court design in grand fashion hosting a special event at Amway Center featuring the Magic’s past and present. The 35th anniversary tip-off event featured Magic player Jalen Suggs; Magic legends Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson; Magic Community Ambassadors and former players Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw; and Magic CEO Alex Martins. Each player wore a jersey from their era of Magic basketball before the new classic uniform was unveiled along with the matching court design. The special 35th anniversary tip off event culminated with Anderson moderating a question-and-answer session with Suggs and the Magic legends. Joining in the festivities were the Magic’s 35-year season ticket holders, 35-year partners, and team staffers.
The 35th anniversary Classic Edition uniform evokes emotions from the past, tapping into some fan-favorite memories. As a replica of the style worn by the Magic from 1998-2003, the uniform pays homage to the beloved Heart and Hustle era. An era defined by hard work, which still remains a large part of the Magic’s DNA. With the retro Magic wordmark splashed across the jersey’s front and the iconic star continuing throughout the design, feelings of nostalgia remain. The design stays true to the Magic’s roots with the cherished pinstripes racing along each side.
“We were thrilled to be able to host a celebration recognizing 35 years of Magic basketball for our season ticket holders and partners who have been with us from the beginning,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “For more than three decades, Magic fans have told stories about their love for the team and in particular this Heart and Hustle era. A team that stands for hard work and determination, leaving everything out on the court. These traits are forever woven into the 35-year fabric of our organization and bring great pride to Magic fans and our city alike. We celebrate the endless devotion of our fans with this year’s Classic Edition uniform.”
The Magic also unveiled the new court design that will be featured during all Classic Night home games when the team will don the new Classic Edition uniform. The first Classic Night, debuting the uniform and court, will be on opening night, Weds., Oct. 25 when the Magic host the Houston Rockets. Additional Classic Nights include nine home games this season (Nov. 11, Dec. 20, Jan. 7, Jan. 19, Feb. 13, Mar. 3, Mar. 29, Mar. 30, Apr. 14) and will transform the Amway Center with the new court and look in the Magic’s home arena for the 35th anniversary season.
In addition, the Magic will launch a special 35th anniversary microsite for fan information on the season-long celebration activities and how fans can get involved.
The new Classic Edition jerseys will be available for purchase on October 2 at the Orlando Magic Team Shop at Amway Center and online at www.orlandomagicshop.com.