An All-Star Eye on Orlando

The All-Star Break is a time for rest for many NBA franchises and players. But the Magic are busy… and not just Dwight Howard.

We are t-minus one year until the Amway Center hosts the NBA’s premier weekend event. It is going to be a wild and crazy time from the NBA Jam Session at the Orange County Convention Center to the T-Mobile Youth Jam (Rookie/Sophomore Game), All-Star Saturday Night and the grand finale, the NBA All Star Game. That does not even include the craziness that are the countless All-Star parties and celebrity appearances.

Yeah, there is a lot of planning for the Magic and the city to do. Don’t worry, Orlando city officials are in Los Angeles with Magic officials to observe and learn how to rrun an All-Star Game. The city has not hosted one since the famous 1992 contest.

Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel detailed more about what the city and team hope to learn from this year’s event if you click on the link above. There is a lot of behind the scenes logistics the city has to figure out and the team has to figure out to put on the incredible show Orlando is going to get.

So what can the fans expect? They can expect a pretty good show, lots of Dwight Howard speculation (unfortunately) and some steep prices.

Sorry, that is the bad news. Tickets to this thing — the parties, the Rookie Game (where a good number of tickets are given away to local youth), All-Star Saturday Night and the All-Star Game — is quite pricey. We are used to that I guess with Disney and Universal in our backyard. I am not sure how expensive the NBA Jam Session is, but that is most likely to be your best chance at interaction with the actual All-Star event.

Take a look at what tickets are costing those in L.A. courtesy of our sponsors at TiqIQ. 

Los Angeles prices might (might) be more than what tickets will go for in Orlando. Just the nature of the market. But I would be the tickets for next year’s All Star Game will not differ very much. I would expect to be paying somewhere near $750-$800 just for an upper bowl seat, and the average price will hover around $1900.

It is a high demand ticket.

But the All-Star Weekend in Orlando will still be a fantastic weekend and a lot of fun for the city to show off its non-theme park side (hopefully). And that is what the city wants out of this event.

It will still be cool for the fans too. I don’t want to put a whole lot of gloom and doom for the residents of Orlando. The Jam Session looks like a blast for fans on a year-to-year basis. There is a lot of fun to be had for everyone whether you are looking to spend the pretty penny to see the big events or to have just a little interaction with the NBA.

Think of it as the big NBA convention. There will be tons of traffic on I-4, and you probably want to avoid the parks. You know, just like any other weekend. 

Philip Rossman-Reich

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Philip Rossman-Reich is the managing editor for Crossover Chronicles and Orlando Magic Daily. You can follow him on twitter @OMagicDaily