Debut of New Animation for Player Introductions
Watch the video: 2006.07 Chicago Bulls Introductions at the United Center
November 2, 2006 – The Chicago Bulls will tip-off the 2006.07 regular season home opener this Friday, November 3 by unveiling a new animation for the player introductions created by Chicago natives, Andy and Larry Wachowski, the creative geniuses behind The Matrix trilogy and V for Vendetta. Also contributing were Ethan Stoller and Jamie Poindexter, music composers and producers who also hail from Chicago. The revamped introduction will feature enhanced graphics and animation and the familiar site of Bulls racing through the streets of Chicago past Chicago landmarks.
"As lifelong rabid Bulls fans, to have an opportunity to work with an organization that gave us so many fond memories we not only jumped at the chance, we asked, how high?” said the Wachowski brothers.
Steve Schanwald, Executive Vice President-Business Operations for the Chicago Bulls said, “Our player introductions have always been our signature and we are honored that long-time Bulls season ticket holders such as Andy and Larry Wachowski would lend their expertise and unique genius to helping us update and refine our introductions.”
Additionally, in conjunction with the start of the season, the team has announced its promotional schedule featuring a number of free giveaways for fans attending the games as a thank you from the Bulls and their corporate partners. The first 10,000 fans 21 years of age or older entering the United Center on Friday will receive Ben Wallace wigs sponsored by Bud Light in honor of “Ben Wallace Fro Night.”
Also, to celebrate Anheuser-Busch’s new sponsorship with the Bulls, the talent behind the well-known Bud Light “Real Men of Genius” radio campaign, David Bickler and Pete Stacker, will perform live at the United Center. David Bickler, whose rock-anthem voice inspirationally sings every “Real Men of Genius” song and former lead singer for “Survivor,” the rock group that was made famous by its hit song, “Eye of the Tiger” in Rocky III, will also sing the night’s National Anthem.
Other festivities for Friday’s home opener include pre-game remarks from Ben Wallace, a half-time performance by TEAM ACRODUNK, the high flying, gravity-defying acrobatic team recently featured on NBC’s variety show America’s Got Talent, and the return of the BullsKidz, the Bulls’ youth hip-hop dance team. In addition, the Bulls will observe a moment of silence for the passing of legendary Boston Celtics coach and President Red Auerbach.
Tickets for Bulls home games can be purchased at the United Center Box Office, at Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 1.800.4NBA.TIX, or online at www.bulls.com. Friday’s game can be seen on WGN-TV with tip-off at 7:30 p.m. and can also be heard on the new flagship radio station of Chicago Bulls basketball, WCKG 105.9 FM.