Before Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Philips Arena will be forever transformed.
The Home of the Hawks will officially unveil its first statue to stand outside the front gates of the arena, and it’s only fitting that it will honor Dominique Wilkins.
The Human Highlight Film played in Atlanta from 1982 to 1994, providing Hawks fans with some of the best memories of their franchise to date. He was a 9-time All-Star, and nobody in the history of the franchise has scored more points.
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Friday night, the 55-year-old will be honored by the franchise for which he now calls games on television, and it’s expected to be a raucous crowd Friday evening as two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference do battle.
As of 11 a.m. Friday, the cheapest tickets on the secondary market appear to be going for roughly $70, so it’ll cost you a pretty penny to get in the door.
Still, most Hawks fans – especially those who saw Wilkins play in the 80s and 90s – will agree that tonight will likely be well worth the price of admission. The on-court 3D projection system will also have a special intro to honor Wilkins, according to his broadcasting partner Bob Rathbun.
Here’s the plaque on the bottom of the statue:
Image via Atlanta Hawks Twitter account