The State Fair of Texas has a new attraction this year. NBA fans can celebrate Dallas Mavericks history at the “Mavs Vault” exhibit on display at the Hall of State.
Visitors will find souvenirs, jerseys, videos, interactive kiosks and never-before-seen artifacts. Some items on display include the 2011 NBA championship trophy, Don Carter’s Stetson hat – the inspiration behind the original Mavs logo, Mark Cuban’s correspondence with the NBA regarding fines over the years, and various signed items .
“We have about 120 artifacts here, representing 42 years of Mavs history,” Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall told me. “So if you’re a seasoned Mavs fan, you can come here and relive all the moments. If you’re a new Mavs fan, you can come here and experience the history of the Mavs.
The Hall of State Auditorium features a 30-minute video detailing the history of the Mavericks from their founding by Carter and Norm Sonju to the present day. Some of the most interesting artifacts in the exhibit come from the team’s first decade of existence in the 1980s.
These teams, led by Rolando Blackman, Brad Davis and Derek Harper, laid the foundation for the Mavericks. Each of their numbers has been retired by the team.
There is an exhibit celebrating the first playoff win in franchise history against the Seattle Supersonics. The series’ tiebreaker is known locally as “Moody Madness” because it took place at the Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University.
“That’s when we really put ourselves on the map and really let everyone know that the Mavs are here with the young players they had in ’84 when we beat Seattle. It’s just a special piece,” Blackman told me.
“Not being at Reunion Arena, being at SMU’s Moody Coliseum and winning that fifth game, which is very, very important for us. It kind of marked us going forward. So, I feel like this is a really special moment for me.
There is something for everyone at the “Mavs Vault”. Diehard fans will no doubt learn something new or see something they’ve never seen before in the collection, from the origin story in the 1980s through the 2011 championship to today. .
“You know what I love about it,” Marshall asks. “We are part of something that is simply iconic in Dallas: the State Fair. So when you think of community, you think of those last letters that spell unity. It’s a chance for all of us to come together. Guess what the State Fair is about? We all come together, family, friends, all of it, and we’re part of it.
The “Mavs Vault” is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the State Fair of Texas, which runs from September 30 to October 23, 2022.