Denton: Magic Open Preseason in Mexico
By John Denton
August 1, 2012
ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic’s 2012-13 roster and new head coach Jacque Vaughn will make their debuts in Mexico City, Mexico on Oct. 7 when they face the New Orleans Hornets in the preseason opener.
The Magic released their eight-game preseason schedule on Wednesday, highlighted by the franchise’s first-ever trip to Mexico for a game. The Magic, which open training camp on Oct. 1, will play four games at the Amway Center and four road games in the preseason.
Orlando will play its first preseason home game on Thursday, Oct. 11 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
The Magic will also host the Indiana Pacers (Oct. 19), San Antonio Spurs (Oct. 21) and Houston Rockets (Oct. 26) at the Amway Center.
In addition to playing in Mexico City, Orlando will play preseason road games against Cleveland (Oct. 15 in Cincinnati, Ohio), Detroit (Oct. 16) and Memphis (Oct. 24).
The Magic open the regular season on Friday, Nov. 2 against the Denver Nuggets at the Amway Center.
The Magic hired Vaughn, 37, on Saturday and introduced him to the media on Monday. Vaughn played for the Magic in 2002-03 as a backup point guard and won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach in San Antonio. He is the NBA’s second-youngest coach and has never been a head coach at any level.
Magic season tickets, partial plans, group and single-game Amway Center suite rental opportunities are on sale. Ticket highlights for the 2012-13 season in the Amway Center, named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. A limited number of season tickets are available through the Orlando Magic by calling 407-89-MAGIC or visiting orlandomagic.com.
***Note: Home games are in all caps.***
|Oct. 7||@ New Orleans (Mexico City, MX)||2:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 11||PHILADELPHIA||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 15||@ Cleveland (Cincinnati, OH)||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 16||@ Detroit||7:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||INDIANA||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 21||SAN ANTONIO||6 p.m.|
|Oct. 24||@ Memphis||8 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||HOUSTON||7 p.m.|
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