Allen Iverson Number Retirement Ceremony
During halftime of Saturday’s game between the Sixers and Washington, the Sixers will retire the number of legendary point guard Allen Iverson. Here’s what you need to know:
• All fans in attendance will receive a voucher at all entrances to the Wells Fargo Center, which may be redeemed for one of four classic Iverson giveaways, given at random, at one of six stations on the main and mezzanine concourses. Giveaways include the Iverson Celebriduck, Iverson Gumby, “Alien” Iverson doll and Iverson bobblehead.
• Fans are encouraged to arrive early to experience Iverson’s legacy at stations around the concourse, including a display of his 11 NBA All-Star jerseys, as well as a selection of game-worn and autographed items up for auction, with proceeds benefitting SIXERS STRONG.
• All Sixers players will wear special “Iverson Forever” patches on their jerseys and Iverson’s 3 on their shooting shirts pregame. The patches will be on sale at team stores in the arena on Saturday night.
• During an extended halftime ceremony, Allen Iverson’s number 3 will rise to the rafters, making him just the eighth player in team history to have his number retired. Dignitaries expected to speak during the ceremony include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris, and Iverson himself.
• Special guests for the ceremony and game include Sixers greats Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Moses Malone, Dikembe Mutombo, and Theo Ratliff, along with Gary Payton and Pat Croce. Members of The Roots are also expected to be in attendance, as well as other surprise guests.
• Throughout the game, the Sixers will show footage of some of the NBA’s greatest current and former players and coaches sharing their thoughts on Iverson, his impact on the game and how he inspired them individually, as well as other highlight videos from his career.
Tickets, Packages and Promotions
Want to see the 76ers live and in-person at the Wells Fargo Center? Single game tickets are available at sixers.com.
The Sixers have various ticket packages and ticket specials available during the season, including the popular Family Fun Package, which includes four tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas, starting at $60. Ten-game, three-game and other packages are also available at different times during the season, and can be purchased at sixers.com.
Also, throughout the year, the team hosts promotional nights with giveaways, Dollar Dog nights, discounts and more.
In 1963, the Syracuse Nationals moved to Philadelphia and became the Philadelphia 76ers. By 1967, the 76ers held the league’s best record and won the NBA championship. Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer and Billy Cunningham starred. Cunningham would return to coach the 76ers and lead them to the NBA championship in 1983 – Philadelphia’s last major championship – with a 4-0 sweep over the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to the help of Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving and Moses Malone.
Since that last title, the 76ers have had their ups and downs. In 1999, the team made its first trip to the playoffs, spark-plugged by Allen Iverson and team owner Pat Croce, since 1991 when the colorful Charles Barkley led the team to the Eastern Conference Finals. In 2001, the Sixers ignited that famous Philadelphia spirit by winning the NBA Eastern Conference and making it to the NBA Finals for the first time in 23 years.
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