San Antonio Spurs: Information on Tony Parker’s jersey retirement ceremony
By Dylan Carter
On Monday evening, the San Antonio Spurs will round out their trio of jersey retirement ceremonies as the city celebrates Tony Parker.
Following Monday evening’s matchup with the rebuilding Memphis Grizzlies, the San Antonio Spurs will hold an emotional ceremony as the last of the iconic Big Three has his jersey number hung in the AT&T Center rafters. After 17 winning seasons in San Antonio, franchise point guard Tony Parker will have No. 9 immortalized in Spurs history.
The ceremony, which is hosted by sponsors presented by H-E-B and SWBC, will take place immediately after the game. Fans in attendance will receive commemorative shirts honoring Parker’s career as well as dedicated Fanbangos.
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Aside from free giveaways, the AT&T Center will be decked out with events and displays relating to Parker’s Hall of Fame career. The arena will feature an art display with explorative pieces inspired by and dedicated to the organization’s marquee point guard. If the Spurs’ social media rollout is any indication, the pieces will take on a wide variety of modern styles showing recognition to the 37-year-old.
San Antonio became Parker’s home over the course of his career – a sentiment which reigns true even in his retirement. For as much affection as the fanbase has for their six-time All-Star, Parker returns it in boatloads, which is why it’ll be an emotional evening in the Alamo City. This celebration extends beyond just basketball – it’s an observance of the relationship between Tony and the city where he grew up, adapted to American culture and started his family.
In addition to the art displays, the arena will host a 3-D display for photo ops near the East entrance as well as photo displays showcasing moments throughout his Spurs career and replica banners of Tony’s hanging uniform.
Be prepared for waterworks as fans, players both former and current, coaches and organization staff members will likely be emotional.