Bullets games remaining at the Arena: a final four Howard, Heat here Jan. 17

move to new arena in D.C. to end Baltimore presence

July 26, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The coming NBA season will be the last chance for fans to see the Washington Bullets play at the Baltimore Arena.

The team's 1996-97 schedule, released yesterday, features four games at the Arena -- against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 28, the Miami Heat on Jan. 17, the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 14 and the Dallas Mavericks on March 29. All games start at 7: 30 p.m.

The game against the Heat in Baltimore will mark the Bullets' second game in five days against Juwan Howard, who left Washington for a seven-year, $98 million deal with Miami.

The Bullets have played several games each season in Baltimore since 1988-89, but will abandon that arrangement when they move into the MCI Center in downtown Washington for the 1997-98 season and become the Washington Wizards. The team's lease calls for all home games to be played at the new arena.

As the Baltimore Bullets, the franchise played 10 seasons at the Arena, then known as the Civic Center, before moving to the Capital Centre (now USAir Arena) in Landover for the 1973-74 season.

The Bullets' season opener is Nov. 1 against the Magic in Orlando. The home opener is the next night against the #i Cleveland Cavaliers.

The season closes against the same two teams, with the Bullets facing the Magic at home April 18 and the Cavaliers in Cleveland on April 20.

The NBA champion Chicago Bulls will visit USAir Arena twice, on Feb. 21 and April 3.

Bullets schedule

November

1--at Orlando, 7: 30 p.m. 2--Cleveland, 7: 30 p.m. 6--San Antonio, 7: 30 p.m. 8--Charlotte, 7: 30 p.m. 9--at Indiana, 7: 30 p.m. 12--Detroit, 7: 30 p.m. 13--New Jersey, 7: 30 p.m. 15--at Detroit, 7: 30 p.m. 16--Boston, 7: 30 p.m. 20--Seattle, 7: 30 p.m. 22--Philadelphia, 8 p.m. 23--at Milwaukee, 8: 30 p.m. 25--Minnesota, 7: 30 p.m. 29--at Atlanta, 7: 30 p.m. 30--Houston, 7: 30 p.m.

December

5--at Toronto, 7 p.m. 7--Milwaukee, 7: 30 p.m. 10--at New York, 7: 30 p.m. 11--Cleveland, 7: 30 p.m. 13--Denver, 7: 30 p.m. 15--at Golden State, 8 p.m. 16--at Sacramento, 10: 30 p.m. 18--at Phoenix, 9 p.m. 19--at L.A. Clippers, 10: 30 p.m. 22--at Vancouver, 9 p.m. 23--at Portland, 10 p.m. 27--Toronto, 7: 30 p.m. 28--vs. Atlanta at Baltimore, 7: 30 p.m. 30--Charlotte, 7: 30 p.m.

January

2--New York, 7: 30 p.m. 4--at Charlotte, 7: 30 p.m. 8--Phoenix, 7: 30 p.m. 10--L.A. Clippers, 7: 30 p.m. 11--at Cleveland, 7: 30 p.m. 13--at Miami, 7: 30 p.m. 14--at Chicago, 8: 30 p.m. 17--vs. Miami at Baltimore, 7: 30 p.m. 18--at Boston, 7 p.m. 20--at New York, 1 p.m. 21--at Orlando, 7: 30 p.m. 24--at Atlanta, 7: 30 p.m. 25--Sacramento, 7: 30 p.m. 28--Orlando, 7: 30 p.m. 31--at Seattle, 10 p.m.

February

2--at L.A. Lakers, 9: 30 p.m. 3--at Utah, 9 p.m. 5--at Denver, 9 p.m. 11--New York, 7: 30 p.m. 14--vs. New Jersey at Baltimore, 7: 30 p.m. 15--at New Jersey, 7: 30 p.m. 17--Milwaukee, 1 p.m. 19--at Detroit, 7: 30 p.m. 21--Chicago, 8 p.m. 23--Detroit, 1 p.m. 25--Indiana, 7: 30 p.m. 27--L.A. Lakers, 7: 30 p.m.

March

1--Golden State, 7: 30 p.m. 4--at Philadelphia, 7: 30 p.m. 6--at Miami, 7: 30 p.m. 7--Miami, 7: 30 p.m. 9--Philadelphia, 3 p.m. 12--Vancouver, 7: 30 p.m. 14--at Milwaukee, 8: 30 p.m. 15--Utah, 7: 30 p.m. 17--at San Antonio, 8: 30 p.m. 18--at Dallas, 8: 30 p.m. 20--at Houston, 8: 30 p.m. 22--Portland, 7: 30 p.m. 26--Boston, 7: 30 p.m. 28--Toronto, 7: 30 p.m. 29--vs. Dallas at Baltimore, 7: 30 p.m.

April

1--at Indiana, 7: 30 p.m. 3--Chicago, 7: 30 p.m. 4--at Minnesota, 8 p.m. 6--at Boston, 1 p.m. 8--at Toronto, 7 p.m. 11--New Jersey, 7: 30 p.m. 12--at Charlotte, 7: 30 p.m. 14--at Philadelphia, 7: 30 p.m. 16--Indiana, 7: 30 p.m. 18--Orlando, 7: 30 p.m. 20--at Cleveland, 3: 30 p.m.

Pub Date: 7/25/96

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