For a decade now, the Orlando Magic have called the Amway Center home. They played their first game in the state-of-the-art building on this day 10 years ago.
The Magic were coming off of deep playoff runs in consecutive years as they left Amway Arena for the Amway Center. In the 2010-11 season opener on Oct. 28, 2010, the Magic made a good first impression on their new digs with a 112-83 blowout victory over the Washington Wizards.
Adversity was non-existent in Orlando’s Amway Center debut. In fact, the Magic never trailed.
Orlando led by 14 after a quarter and 58-34 at halftime. In the second half, the Magic led by as many as 35 before cruising to the victory.
Four different Orlando players scored in double figures for a Magic team that shot 56 percent from the field. Dwight Howard led the way with 23 points on 7-for-9 shooting and 10 rebounds. Vince Carter, who scored the first points in the new building, added 18 points.
Jameer Nelson added 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting to go with six assists in the win. Rashard Lewis, who hit the first three-pointer in Amway Center history, added 13 points for the Magic.
Cartier Martin led the Wizards with 17 points. John Wall added 14 points and a game-high nine assists in the loss.
The Magic would finish 29-12 at home in their first season at Amway Center. Their first-ever game at the new building came on this day a decade ago.