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Basketball at the Amway Arena

Following our most enjoyable and entertaining evening watching Orlando Magic play Philadelphia 76ers during our last Florida holiday, we decided to repeat the experience during this year’s holiday.

The Amway Arena is quite easy to find, located just off the I4 at junction 83B at 600 West Amelia Street, Orlando, FL 32801. Tickets can be purchased online in advance using Ticketmaster Will Call. Orlando Magic merchandise such as vests, t shirts, bags, caps and flags are on sale before during and after the game. Refreshments are also available to purchase.

This time we chose a mid week game which was not as well attended as the week end game we attended previously. The atmosphere was not quite as electric but it was still very exciting.

During the time outs we were entertained by The Magic Dancers featuring the mascot Stuff the Magic Dragon. There were various competitions featuring selected spectators and a T shirt launch where T shirts were fired high into the crowd to be caught by lucky spectators.

During the half time interval we were treated to two demonstrations by young cheer leading teams who had both recently won competitions.

The game was very close. The Magic had a commanding lead at the end of the first quarter however The Raptors closed to within four points at the end of the second quarter. The Raptors eventually took the lead and The Magic were then playing catch up for the rest of the game.

Hedo Turkoglu was hustler of the game with a career high score of thirty seven. He scored many three pointers throughout the game and had he netted with the final throw of the game, the match would have gone into over time. Unfortunately he missed and The Raptors won by three points.

Although it was disappointing to see The Magic lose, the evening was still very enjoyable. One positive feature of the smaller crowd was that it was a little easier to get out of the car park at the end of the game! We would definitely recommend attendance at a basketball game. Although the tickets can be a little expensive we feel it is well worth the expenditure.

We continued to follow The Magic when we returned home and this season they managed to reach the play offs, the first time for several years. Unfortunately they lost

4-0 to the Detroit Pistons in the first round however there is always next year…

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