On Saturday, March 8th, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Cavs uniform, will have his #11 jersey retired and raised to hang in the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena alongside other Cavalier greats. It will become a permanent reflection of what the big "man in the middle" with a big heart has meant to the franchise and Cleveland.
As the Cavs host the New York Knicks at 7:30 p.m., the night will celebrate and honor the 7-foot-3 inch Lithuanian center who was drafted by the Cavaliers in the first-round of the 1996 draft and went on to play 12 seasons for the Wine & Gold. Fans are encouraged to get to their seats early to see the one-time-only player introduction video specially produced for the occasion. Through a unique editing process, the video will bring together yesterday and today's Cavaliers in the first of many not-to-miss moments during the evening. The Q’s doors will open at 5:30 p.m., two hours prior to tipoff.
In a spectacular presentation of techno-artistry, the halftime ceremony will be one of the most memorable player tributes to ever take place at The Q as Z's legendary career is captured in vivid 3-D video imagery projected on the Cavs basketball court. Then, watching with his family by his side, and in presence of fans and special guests that span his career, Zydrunas Ilgauskas'#11 will take its place next to Austin Carr, Nate Thurmond, Bobby "Bingo" Smith, Larry Nance, Brad Daugherty, Mark Price and the former "Voice of the Cavs," Joe Tait.
Fans Invited to Celebrate #AllforZ
Show Z the Love!
In a night dedicated to honor Zydrunas Ilgauskas, there is no doubt Z will be moved when he sees and feels the love from Cavs fans. Every fan in attendance will receive a commemorative Z11/#AllforZ logo t-shirt to wear proudly at the game.
Using the #AllForZ hashtag, fans are encouraged to take to social media to express their sentiments about Z. Throughout the game, real time Tweets and Instagram photos will be displayed on 30-foot screens, brought in and set up in the end zones of the arena bowl exclusively for this special event.
Hats off to Z! In recognition of Zydrunas Ilgauskas' jersey retirement, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson will issue a special proclamation that Saturday, March 8, 2014 will be known as "All For Z Day" to honor the Cavalier great for his contributions on the court and in the community.