Even if you're Michael Jordan, you only turn 50 once — and the former NBA star is sparing no expense to celebrate his milestone birthday in Houston over NBA All-Star Weekend.
Jordan has had several local agents scouting the perfect spot for his party, which early plans outlined as a private dinner for 100 followed by a concert for 200 additional guests, according to one representative.
Renting the MFAH costs a pretty penny: a "donation" of $100,000.
Sources tell CultureMap that MJ considered the well-publicized $20 million Houston Mansion for his fete and discussed borrowing Tilman Fertitta's swanky River Oaks residence for the night. But ultimately he decided upon the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as the prime venue for celebration.
One can imagine the second floor of the Caroline Wiess Law Building, overlooking the exhibition in the main gallery below, would be the perfect spot for an intimate dinner (presumably courtesy of City Kitchen Catering).
Renting the MFAH costs a pretty penny — a "donation" of $100,000 — not to mention the added costs of valet attendants, catering and drinks, security detail, and special performers. But that's a drop in the bucket for a baller like His Airness.
Did your invitation get lost in the mail too? eHow has some suggestions for how to pay tribute to Jordan on February 17 — or you can just tune into the All-Star Game at 7 pm February 17, where you'll surely spot Jordan in a prime courtside seat.