TO THE MEDIA
Welcome to the 33rd season of Orlando Magic basketball and 12th in the Amway Center. We are very pleased to supply this publication and hope it will answer many of your questions throughout the next several months. We sincerely appreciate your interest in the Magic and will do everything possible to meet your needs throughout the course of the season. This guide will be supplemented with materials on a regular basis during the year. Again, if we can ever be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to call on us. In an effort to continue to provide a professional working environment, we have established the following guidelines for the upcoming campaign.
Single-game media credentials can be reserved by accredited media members by calling the Communications Department at least 24 hours before a game (no exceptions) at 407-916-2627 or e-mailing MagicCredentials@OrlandoMagic.com.
Media members covering the Magic on a regular basis will be issued season passes, but are still required to reserve seating at all games by calling or e-mailing the Communications Department by the deadlines mentioned above.
Credentials will allow working media members entry into the arena, while also providing reserved media seating and access to both team locker rooms and the media workroom. In all cases, credentials are non-transferable and any unauthorized use will subject the bearer to ejection from the arena and forfeiture of the credential. All single-game credentials may be picked up on gamedays at the media entrance of the arena, located at the southwest corner of the building (South Street/Division Ave., event level). Media entrance opens 2.5 hours prior to tip-off and closes at the start of halftime.
The Magic media workroom is located in the southwest corner of the arena on the event level and will be opened 2.5 hours prior to game time. Admittance/space is limited to working media members with credentials only. The media workroom will remain open throughout the game and until the last working media members have finished their game-night duties. The professional intent of the media workroom is to provide a meeting and working place for writers, reporters, broadcasters and game personnel. Family members and guests of media members will not be accommodated in the media workroom. Any abuse of the media workroom and/or media privileges will result in a forfeiture of your media pass. Television monitors, telephones and work space will all be provided in the media workroom.
The Magic locker room is located on the northwest corner of the event level, while the visitors’ locker room is located on the southwest corner. In accordance with NBA policy, both locker rooms will be open 75 minutes prior to tip-off until 45 minutes before game time and 15 minutes after the game. Only those individuals with prominently displayed credentials will gain admittance into the locker rooms. Your cooperation and courtesy are asked in maintaining proper working atmosphere for postgame interviews.
As stated above, pregame interviews are allowed 75 minutes prior to tip-off until 45 minutes prior to game time. Postgame interviews are conducted as follows: both the Magic head coach (in interview room) and the visiting team head coach (at opposing locker room entrance) will address media members approximately 10 minutes after the game. Your cooperation and professional courtesy are asked in maintaining a proper working atmosphere for postgame interviews.
As a general rule, Orlando practices and game-day shoot-arounds will be open to the media near the completion of each workout. In both cases, interviews with players and coaches will follow the workouts. Please go to the Magic’s media website (OrlandoMagic.com/MagicPR), media-only Twitter feed (@Magic_MediaInfo) or call the Communications Department to confirm practice times and locations.
Television and radio broadcast positions are located along the scorer’s table on the west sideline of the event level and on the radio deck, which is located on the west side of the club level. The Magic Communications Department will be happy to arrange statisticians for visiting radio and television broadcasters. If statisticians are needed, please contact the Magic Communications Department at least 24 hours prior to game time. Once arrangements are made for statisticians, the individual must be paid whether or not they are used. The Communications Department will be happy to arrange pregame, halftime, and postgame interviews according to NBA guidelines. Please make arrangements for those interviews as early as possible.
Reserved media seating has been designated in the media loge (northwest corner of arena on club level), as well as on the visitors’ baseline and in the press box (west sideline on press level). All seats are reserved and marked with placecards for each individual media member. To avoid embarrassment, individuals are asked to sit in their pre-assigned seats. Seating charts are also posted in the media workroom and throughout the building. Electrical outlets and telephones are placed at press seats for your convenience. If a media member is in need of an individual phone, please contact the Communications Department for assistance. In-game statistics can be accessed via the Communications Department Twitter account, @Magic_PR.
Limited space is available on each baseline for both still photographers and television cameramen. All are required to pick up photo passes upon entering the arena. Photographers without photo passes will not be allowed on the arena floor. Freelance photographers will not be credentialed without a certificate of assignment from an established publication. The Magic’s Local Television Courtside Video Pool allows local outlets the ability to obtain access to comparable game highlight footage for news coverage purposes. For more information, contact Dave Sirak at 407-448-3473 or Dave.Sirak@wftv.com.
A limited number of game tickets are available for media purchase on a single-game basis from the Magic Communications Department. Unfortunately, due to the small number available, all requests cannot be honored. There are limitations to the number of tickets allotted to each request, and all requests should be made no later than 5:00 p.m. the day before a game (5:00 p.m. Friday for a weekend game).
Members of the media can use their parking pass to park in the lots designated on the parking pass they receive. There are a limited number of single-game parking passes available for visiting media members upon request of the Communications Department. Satellite TV truck parking will be provided for up to four satellite trucks on the west side of Division Street. For technical assistance with TV truck and satellite truck parking and coordination, please contact Sara Foults in the Magic’s Broadcast Technology and Services Department at 407-916-2908.
A pregame media meal will be served in the media workroom in the southwest corner on the event level. Beverages are also provided at all times in the media workroom. Game notes and media guide will be available electronically via the Magic’s media website (see GAME NOTES and MEDIA GUIDE tabs). Box scores will be posted in a prompt manner at the end of each quarter via Twitter on the Communication Department’s official account – @Magic_PR.
AMWAY CENTER MEDIA INFO
The Amway Center, which opened in October of 2010, serves as the practice and training site for the Magic. The media workroom is located on the southwest corner of the 875,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. The workroom, equipped with telephones and work space, is directly inside the media entrance and is in a convenient location to the basketball floor and locker and training rooms.
To Amway Center (400 West Church Street; Orlando, FL 32801):
**From Orlando International Airport: Exit the airport to Semoran Blvd. (SR 436)…go north approximately 4-5 miles to the 408 tollroad…go west on 408… take exit 11B toward Mills Ave and merge onto E South St…Turn right onto S Garland Ave…make first left onto W Church St…arena will be on left side.
**Traveling East on I-4: While traveling east on I-4, exit to 82B toward South St…turn slight left onto S Garland Ave…take second left onto W Church St…arena will be on the left side.
**Traveling West on I-4: While traveling west on I-4, exit to 82B Anderson St…turn right onto Anderson St…take first right onto S Division Ave…Turn right at the second cross street onto W Church St…arena will be on right side.