76ers will honor Allen Iverson with a jersey retirement ceremony on March 1st | players will wear “Iverson Forever” patch
Fans in attendance to the upcoming 76ers game against the Wizards on March 1st are in for a real treat. Aside from getting some free Allen Iverson memorabilia, they will get to watch the organization retire Iverson’s number at half-time.
Philly legends Dr J & Moses Malone will be part of the ceremony as well as AI’s ex teammates Deke Mutombo and Theo Ratliff.
via press release
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.