Utah Jazz celebrates culture and tradition with a Philippine night on January 19 at the Vivint Arena

Utah Jazz will celebrate the culture and traditions of the Philippines on the first of two international themed evenings, starting Wednesday, January 19 with Philippine Night, which Socios.com will present against the Houston Rockets at the Vivint Arena.

Starting at $ 25, fans can purchase a top-of-course ticket that includes a limited edition Filipino Night T-shirt (size subject to availability). Packages including $ 120 lower seats are available for sale at www.utahjazz.com/tickets/plans. Playing time is at 7 p.m.

The commemorative design of the T-shirt by artist Erwin Hines includes the Tagalog word “Pamayanan”, which means “community”. Tagalog is an Australian regional language commonly spoken in the Philippines.

Tickets purchased by jazz players have been donated to local organizations, including the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce in Utah, the National Federation of Philippine American Associations, and the Pilipino American Association of Utah.

The game evening will include cultural entertainment and other related activities.

The Jazz-Rockets game is expected to be a rerun of a historic moment earlier this season when Jazz played in Houston. This match was the first time two Philippine American players shared a court during an NBA game featuring Jordan Clarkson of Utah and Jalen Green of the Rockets. Clarkson’s grandmother is from the Philippines, as is Green’s grandfather. Clarkson also represented the Philippines national team at the 2018 Asian Games.

As jazz continues to celebrate cultural diversity, the second international night of French Night will be held on March 16, which Socios.com will present against the Chicago Bulls at the Vivint Arena.

Jazz teams typically have an international flavor with a contemporary roster including Joe Ingles (Australia), Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia), Rudy Gobert (France) and Udoka Azubuike (Nigeria). The 2021-22 NBA season began with 109 international players from 39 countries on the rosters of the opening night.


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