City of Dallas gives Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki a street of his own
Come rain or shine, the city will name a street after Dirk.
On Wednesday, October 30 the city of Dallas, in partnership with The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Dallas Mavericks, will host a street naming ceremony to unveil the new "Nowitzki Way," and honor Dirk Nowitzki’s 21-year NBA career and contributions to Dallas.
The ceremony will be held outside American Airlines Center at 12 noon in Victory Plaza, and is open to the public. Dirk fans who wish to attend can arrive as early as 7 am. That means no camping out overnight.
Free parking will be available in the Lexus parking garage at 2620 N. Houston St.
There'll be dignitaries on hand to oversee the ceremony including Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Mavericks Team owner Mark Cuban, Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, Nowitzki, Mavericks players, and "other special dignitaries" that for now remain unnamed.
The idea came from Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, who is a longtime Mavericks fan. In September, the Dallas City Council unanimously approved the renaming of Olive Street, between North Field Street and Victory Avenue, to Nowitzki Way.
In a statement, Mayor Johnson calls Nowitzki the greatest Maverick of all time.
"Since he came to Dallas from Germany more than two decades ago, Dirk has made a tremendous impact on our city," Johnson says. "His work ethic and his play on the court were legendary, and his philanthropic efforts continue to be sublime. It is fitting that we are renaming a street to honor him both as a person and as the greatest Maverick of all time."
Nowitzki calls it a huge honor, saying, "This city has given me much more than I could have ever imagined, and I will forever be grateful," he says.
If there is rain or inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the American Airlines Center.
And if you can't make it, do not despair: They'll air it live on the City of Dallas' cable access channel, the City's Facebook page, and livestream at dallascityhall.com.