Friday, February 28, 2014

Sixers announce Allen Iverson night details

PHILADELPHIA – The 76ers have announced details for the retirement of Allen Iverson’s number 3 in a halftime ceremony during their game on Saturday against the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center.

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 will receive one giveaway per voucher; no exchanges may be made.

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.

Additionally on the concourse outside of Section 119, fans can watch hair clipping artist Kenny “The Professional” Duncan cut Iverson’s likeness into the hair of a fan starting at 6:30 p.m. Ivben Taqiy, an artist hailing from West Philadelphia, will also paint a picture of Iverson onto a large canvas from when doors open to 7:10 p.m.

The historic night will tip off with national recording artist Marsha Ambrosius singing the National Anthem. 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, joining Sixers legends Wilt Chamberlain, Julius “Dr. J” Erving and others in becoming 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. The high-flying Sixers Flight Squad, presented by Lundy Law, will wear Iverson jerseys during their dunk show during the third quarter break, and the Sixers Dream Team, presented by Parx Casino, will wear Iverson jersey dresses for the game.

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