The people of Orlando were involved with the Orlando Magic basketball team from the very beginning. This highly successful expansion team, founded in 1989, was named via a contest in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. The 4,249 entries were whittled down to four possibilities. “Magic” won out over “juice” probably a reference to the area’s citrus industry, the “tropics” and the “heat.” The name apparently bathed the team in “win dust” because Orlando Magic tickets are still a hot commodity. Of the four franchises created in 1988 and 1989, this team has consistently had the best win record. The Orlando Magic is also the only major sports team hosted by a city hungry for some sports action.
Amway Center is home to the team. The first Orlando Magic basketball tickets went on sale for the inaugural game against the New Jersey Nets on November 4, 1989. Despite the loss 111-106, the team performed well. Two nights later they beat the veteran New York Knicks at 118-110. The following year Scott Skiles, a draft pick from the inaugural season broke Kevin Porter’s record for single-game assists with 30 in a winning game against the Denver Nuggets, and earned the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. Some of that “win dust” also made its way to the box office. In the team’s second season 40 of the 41 home games were sold out. Finding Orlando Magic tickets for sale was becoming a treasure hunt of sorts.
After a couple of lackluster seasons, the Orlando Magic got an infusion of stardust in the form of a 7-foot-plus center named Shaquille O’Neal. The 1992-93 season saw a 20 game improvements with stats of 41-41. O’Neal made NBA Rookie of the Year, and fans sent him to the NBA All-Star game, the first rookie to do so since the legendary Michael Jordan back in 1985. The following year the team picked up Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway from the Golden State Warriors. In the 1992-93 season these two players helped propel the Orlando Magic to the playoffs for the first time with a 50-31 season. Fans snapped up Orlando Magic basketball tickets to see this winning trio in action.
O’Neal left the Magic in 1996, heading west to the Los Angeles Lakers. That put the spotlight on Penny. He, along with Rony Seikaly, another player from the Golden State Warriors and Darrell Armstrong led the team to a 45-37 record in the 1996-97 season and another playoff berth. The team so far has won two Conference Titles, in 1995 and 2009, and five Division Titles, in 1995, 1996, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Though the NBA Championship has eluded them, their consistency in winning and their exciting method of play has meant a loyal fan base and sold out games. We have cheap Orlando Magic tickets available. Reserve yours today for the next exciting Orlando Magic basketball game.