Opening night for the Orlando Magic’s 2016-2017 regular season just became more special. The game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday October 26th will be dedicated to those people who lost their lives, and those whose lives have been impacted by the ‘Pulse’ shootings that occurred this summer.
Tributes have been planned to honor the lives of the 49 victims who died less than 2 miles away from Amway Center on June 12th at Pulse nightclub.
A video highlighting the city’s unity will be shown. The team will also hold a moment of silence and honor first responders from the night of the attacks as the “Hometown Heroes.” The Magic are also expected to host survivors, family members, and Pulse employees at the contest.
On October 26 we will dedicate our Opening Night to those who lost their lives and those whose lives have been forever changed from the tragedy at Pulse Night Club. We will also be raising a no. 49 banner during pregame to honor the 49 victims. The number “49” will be filled with each person’s name who lost their life that night.
The evening will also include the Magic raising a #49 banner during the pregame ceremonies to honor the 49 victims. In remembrance, the number “49” on the banner will be filled with each person’s name who lost their life that night. Count me as a fan of this decision.
The team is not retiring the #49. Remember, #6 is also up in the rafters – which represents ‘the fans’ – but the Magic have never had anyone wear #49 in its franchise history.
If you’re in attendance for the game, I’d highly recommend you not get to your seat(s) late.
Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO.