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Chicago Bulls “Paint the Town Red” on Double Decker ride

(October 11, 2006) - On Tuesday, October 10, 2006, the Chicago Bulls kicked off the 2006 preseason with a ride around Chicago on the top of a Chicago Double Decker bus. It was an opportunity for the Bulls team members to see the sights and to greet fans as they prepare for their first game of the season against the Washington Wizards.

The Chicago Double Decker bus picked up the Chicago Bulls at the United Center and they drove around the West Loop, Michigan Ave and even made a stop at Navy Pier enjoying the cheers and waving to eager fans who came to see the team.

“Every NBA team is asked to do a preseason event to herald the arrival of the season,” the Bulls’ executive vice president of business operation, Steve Schanwald told the Chicago Tribune. “We considered going to malls or to CTA platforms. But we decided putting them on a [Double Decker] bus was the best way to touch the most people. We feel we accomplished our goal.”

“This is a pretty cool idea,” said Bulls guard Ben Gordon to the Chicago Tribune. “It’s something different. Hopefully we can be doing this again in June.”

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