Monday March 26, 2012 4:56 PM

Up Close And Personal

Rockets and Toyota Center play host to team's 10th annual Play Day

Mike Maloney

HOUSTON - On a warm Sunday afternoon, the Houston Rockets invited their season ticket holders to come inside to play.

For the 10th annual Play Day event, Toyota Center rolled out the red carpet to the team’s loyal fans, and in the process gave a new meaning to VIP.

Various activities were made available for everyone in attendance. Toyota Center’s main concourse hosted arcade games, pool tables, caricature artists and more. The dance floor of this party was on the main court, however, allowing guests to run around on the same hardwood as their basketball heroes.

“This event is really about giving back to the fans who give us so much,” said Senior Promotions Coordinator Leilani Borbon.

After being introduced by the Rocket’s radio play-by-play announcer Craig Ackerman, the entire Rockets team and coaching staff gave guests the unique opportunity to interact with their favorite players on a more personal level. Full season ticket holders even had the privilege of touring the team’s locker room, where seeing the height of the countertops and showerheads proved to be just as captivating as the already appealing player lockers.

From performances by Clutch and the Rocket Power Dancers to the coaches’ and players’ clinics, the fun lasted all afternoon. And with the team in such a tense playoff push, it was nice for everyone involved to be able to relax, have fun and breathe easy, at least for one day.

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