On an especially cold Tuesday in November, Brandon Herring, a veteran of the United States Air Force, rushed home from work to get ready for his date to the Mavericks game that night. He picked up two tickets at the last minute, in section 112, so they would be close to all the action on the court. When she was all dressed up and ready to go, Brandon and his date, his 5-year-old daughter Hannah, headed to the American Airlines Center.

They were treated to an exciting game, as the Mavs came back from an early deficit to defeat the Washington Wizards by a score of 105-95. Brandon and Hannah also witnessed history, as Dirk Nowitzki passed Jerry West on the NBA’s all-time scoring list during the third quarter. Brandon said that he takes Hannah to a few Mavs games each season, mostly because the environment is perfect for kids. From the free face painting to the interactive games throughout the arena, there are things for her to do from the moment they walk in the door. Hannah especially loves to watch the Mavs Dancers, and got a real kick out of the SpongeBob SquarePants parody video that aired on the big screen that night.

Brandon said that he has tried other sporting events in the past, but the cost can be prohibitive at other venues. With single-game ticket prices as low as $15, and Dr Pepper Family Night Packages for as low as $55 (which includes 4 tickets and dinner at McDonald’s), a Mavs game is hard to beat when it comes to a family’s budget. Aside from being budget-friendly, all of the great in-game entertainment makes a game night perfect for keeping children engaged from start to end. Brandon and Hannah look forward to many more daddy-daughter dates to see their favorite NBA team, the Dallas Mavericks.

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