The Orlando Magic are a relatively young NBA team, joining the league for the 1989-90 season. After a few losing seasons the Magic’s fortunes changed, winning the NBA Draft Lottery and selecting LSU center Shaquille O’Neal. After winning the first pick again, the Magic pulled off a trade with the Golden State Warriors to land Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Shaq and Penny teamed to lead the Magic to their first playoff appearance in the 1993-94 season, and went all the way to the NBA Finals the following year. After O’Neal left the Magic to join the Los Angeles Lakers, the Magic’s production began a steady decline. Though Orlando made the playoffs five of the next seven years, they failed to win a single playoff series. After missing the playoffs for three straight seasons, the Magic returned to prominence on the broad shoulders of charismatic center Dwight Howard. Howard teamed with head coach Stan Van Gundy to lead Orlando to the NBA Finals in 2009, but they couldn’t get over the hump and win the franchise’s first championship. The Magic are currently rebuilding again after Howard was traded to the Lakers. Orlando has not retired any player’s number. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Orlando Magic basketball tickets.
2016 Magic Season Preview
The Orlando Magic struggled again last season, failing to make the Eastern Conference playoffs for the 3rd consecutive season. The 2015-16 Orlando Magic will feature a new head coach, with veteran coach Scott Skiles coming in to try and rout the ship in Orlando. The Magic drafted talented shooting guard/forward Mario Hezonja, who was one of the biggest international stars to enter the draft. Orlando will hope to use the 2015-16 season to condition their young stars, including Shabazz Napier, and build for the future. Skiles has a long history of leading successful NBA teams, and should see a drastic change in the style of play of the Magic this season.
Check out our Orlando Magic Season Preview History page for previews of previous Magic seasons.
Orlando Magic Basketball at Amway Center Address: 400 W Church St #200, Orlando, Florida, 32801
The Magic play their home games at the Amway Center, located in Orlando, Florida. When filled to capacity, the Amway Center holds more than 18 thousand screaming Magic fans. While in Orlando check out the Orlando Magic Fan Fest, where the excitement of the game spills out into the city. The Orlando Magic home bench is on the Amway Center court side in front of sections 106-107. Amway Center parking information is covered in our Magic event guide.
Magic vs. Heat
It is only natural for two teams to be rivals that play in the same state. This rivalry increased when former Magic star Shaquille O'Neal joined the Heat and won a championship. The rivalry continued when former Heat assistant Stan Van Gundy became the head coach of the Magic. As for the games themselves, the contests are often intense and physical which makes this one of the better rivalries in the NBA.
Magic vs. Pistons
This rivalry was established because of a stretch of playoff meetings between the two teams over the years. The Pistons have held the upper hand in this matchup and with over 80 meetings, the games have always been hard fought and close. With both teams in the Eastern Conference, this rivalry will only continue to grow in the upcoming seasons.
Magic in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
With multiple Eastern Conference Championships and over 4 division titles, the Orlando Magic have established themselves as a successful franchise and will only continue to add to their totals in the years to come. The Magic have featured league stars such as Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard since the franchise started in 1989.
Orlando Magic Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a Magic game?
Doors open to the general public 60 minutes before tipoff. This is plenty of time for you to grab some concessions, find your seat, and enjoy the pre-game shoot around.
Where are some good places to eat before the Magic game?
If you are in the mood to try something new, check out The Paradise Island Café. It is right across the street from Amway Center and has great Jamaican food. Only about six blocks away is Amura’s which touts some of the best sushi and Japanese cuisine you will find anywhere. For more traditional American food, try Hamburger Mary’s or Café Express. If you want to watch the pre-game on TV’s check out Graffiti Junktion or Harp and Celt Irish Pub and Restaurant.
Where is the best place to park at Amway Center?
Just to the south of the arena is the Geico garage, which offers a walkway right to the arena. This garage is usually reserved for parking passes and fills up quickly. There is another garage directly to the north of the arena, and a few open parking lots under the highway to the northeast. If you are looking to save some money there are cheaper parking options on Orange Ave north of Washington Street.
Does my child need a ticket to get into the game?
Children less than 36” tall get into the game for free and can sit on their parents lap. Be sure to measure your child before you leave to double check his/her height.
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