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What better way for a couple to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to learn their wedding tab is being picked up by their favorite NBA team?
The Atlanta Hawks announced Wednesday they will host the nuptials of Avery Armstrong and Ben McKleskey on March 3 at Philips Arena, part of a promise Hawks CEO Steve Koonin made almost two years ago.
It all started when the Hawks hosted their first ‘Swipe Right Night’ in 2015, giving people a chance to meet in real time using the popular Tinder app. The following year, the couple returned and Koonin pledged if they decided to wed, center court was all theirs.
A handful of Hawks games later and the couple, who have since welcomed a baby, will exchange vows at center court and then enjoy a reception in the Courtside Club.
“Everyone at the Hawks couldn’t be more delighted for Ben and Avery to tie the knot on our home court,” Koonin said. “What (a) perfect example of our team’s mission coming to life – uniting the city through basketball. We are honored to host the happy couple, along with their friends and family on their special night.”
Armstrong doesn’t even have to worry about every bride’s most stressful – and cherished – purchase, the wedding gown. David’s Bridal has stepped in to provide Armstrong and her 13-member party with dresses.
“Ben and I are beyond thankful for everything that the Atlanta Hawks have done for us,” Armstrong said. “Philips Arena is where it all began and it just seems fitting that the next big milestone in our lives together happens there.”