The University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball programs will tip-off the 2013-14 season with “First Night” presented by Webster Bank and Connecticut Army National Guard on Friday, October 18th. Admission is free and open to the public. A discounted parking rate of $3 will be available for the event at both the North and South garages and Y Lot (behind McMahon Hall).
First Night will feature – for the first time ever – an inter-squad scrimmage between players from the men’s and women’s basketball teams, led by head coaches Geno Auriemma and Kevin Ollie.
Gampel Pavilion doors will open at 6:00pm. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive either a #TeamGeno or #TeamKevin t-shirt and 2,500 fans will also receive Husky glow sticks.
Fans can meet the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball teams as they sign autographs from 6:00 – 6:45pm in the AD’s lobby (located between the East and South entrances). No personal items are allowed. Special 2013 First Night posters will be provided for all fans attending the autograph session.
The night will also feature prize giveaways, team introductions, UConn’s take on the TV game show Hollywood Game Night and performances from four UConn bands, cheer and dance squads. The show will end at approximately 8pm.
3:00 PM – FanFest on Fairfield Way
6:00 PM – Doors Open
6:00 – 6:45 PM – Autographs
7:00 PM – Show Begins
RSVP to the First Night event on Facebook to win great prizes.
Season tickets for both men’s and women’s basketball are on sale now and can be purchased online at UConnTickets.com or by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN (Monday-Friday, 9;00am-4:30pm).
For the safety of all fans and to expedite entry, bags and backpacks will not be permitted in Gampel Pavilion at First Night. Thank you for your cooperation.