Purple Palooza adds trick-or-treating, costume contests and more Oct. 29

Purple Palooza adds trick-or-treating, costume contests and more Oct. 29


SPOOOKVILLE, Tenn. – Scheduled for just two nights before Halloween, Tennessee Tech's second annual Purple Palooza on Tuesday, Oct. 29, is adding some fun, new elements and community and student groups are invited to participate to add to the event and for a chance to win some one-of-a-kind prizes.

Groups are invited to decorate a booth, wear costumes and hand out treats to youngters for the hour prior to the on-floor activities. A limited number of tables are available.

A slam dunk contest, 3-point shootouts, a chance to meet all of the players and coaches, and drawings for exclusive prizes will highlight the Purple Palooza activities inside the arena, beginning at 7 p.m. Begun last year to a large and enthusiastic crowd, Purple Palooza is a tip-off celebration of Tennessee Tech basketball and introduction to the Golden Eagle men’s and women’s teams.

Similar to Midnight Madness but earlier in the day, the 2013 Purple Palooza is set for Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. in Tech’s Eblen Center. Admission is free, and all Tech basketball fans, students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in the festivities. The tables around the concourse should provide added incentive for young fans to attend.

Tech students are invited to enjoy free pizza and sign up for prizes on the concourse of the arena beginning at 6 p.m. In the Eagles Nest, season ticket holders and Athletics Association donors will enjoy a reception and chance to meet and mingle with players and staff.

Out on the arena floor, the action begins at 7 p.m. with introductions of the Tech cheer and dance teams. The Golden Eagle women’s team, under coach Jim Davis, will take the floor for introductions and a 10-minute, intrasquad scrimmage as fans will view the 2013-14 edition of the squad for the first time in action

Coach Steve Payne’s men’s team will then begin its portion of the evening with introductions and a 10-minute intrasquad scrimmage. Fans will have their first opportunity to watch 10 newcomers mix it up with the team’s four returnees.

After each scrimmage, drawings will take place where fans can win exclusive prizes from the men’s and women's program. Winners of the costume contests, as well as the best Halloween-themed tables/booths will also be announced.

The fun will continue with a 3-point shootout among four long-distance sharpshooters from each team. As soon as the snipers determine a winner, a drawing will be held for Tech students to win prizes.

Another drawing will give students the chance to win valuable gift cards, followed by an on-court autograph session with both teams.

For additional information, please call the Athletic Marketing office at (931) 372-3669.