Utah Jazz to Honor 30th Anniversary of First Playoff Team
March 22 game to feature ‘80s theme night as part of 1983-84 reunion
SALT LAKE CITY (March 10, 2014) – The Utah Jazz will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise’s first playoff team when members of the 1983-84 squad return on March 22. Coaches and players will be honored during the Jazz game against the Orlando Magic at EnergySolutions Arena (7 p.m. MT, TV: ROOT Sports, Radio: 1280/97.5 The Zone).
“We are excited to welcome back this important team in the story of our franchise,” said Randy Rigby, president of the Utah Jazz. “The 1983-84 team achieved an historical first by winning the division and advancing to the playoffs. They built a bond with this community that still remains, and we look forward to recognizing and remembering their accomplishments.”
The in-game celebration will flash back to a time of Pac-Man, acid-washed jeans and boom boxes with an ‘80s theme for the night. Fans are encouraged to dress in the decade’s fashion style. Fans in attendance will receive a commemorative 1983-84 team poster that is perforated to reveal 14 individual player trading cards. Prior to the game, members of the 1984 playoff team will be signing autographs on the third floor concourse. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
The 1983-84 team, known as “The Team with Heart,” compiled a 45-37 record, winning the Midwest Division and a first round playoff series over the Denver Nuggets. The Jazz became the first NBA team to have four separate players win league statistical crowns that season (Adrian Dantley, scoring; Mark Eaton, blocks; Darrell Griffith, three-point percentage; Rickey Green, steals), while head coach Frank Layden earned both Coach of the Year honors as well as Executive of the Year.
Jazz tickets for the 1983-84 anniversary celebration on March 22 against the Orlando Magic are available now through utahjazz.com, the EnergySolutions Arena box office and by calling (801) 355-SEAT. The game is being included in a limited three-game package with additional matchups against the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans and a free medium pizza from Papa Johns. Packages start at $42.75.