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December 4, 2013

Special events and promotions planned at many Golden Eagle basketball games


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Special discount nights for fans from counties around the region, a holiday free-ticket offer for season ticket holders, youth nights, and many more promotions are planned in Tennessee Tech’s Eblen Center this winter during Golden Eagle basketball games.

“Several of these events are annual promotions, and some are new activities that we’re adding this year,” said Leveda Birdwell, director of corporate sales and marketing. “In every case, we’re looking at adding to the excitement inside Eblen Center by offering special ticket deals and options.”

One offer that has already gotten underway is a special holiday gift to all season ticket holders, allowing them four additional tickets to each of four games on the schedule during the holiday season. The first was the game last week against Utah Valley. Season ticket holders can also receive four free tickets for games on Saturday, Dec. 14 (women vs. Memphis at 7 p.m.), Monday, Dec. 16 (women vs. Florida International at 7 p.m.), and Thursday, Dec. 19 (men vs. Hillsdale College at 7 p.m.).

With 15 home games remaining on the schedule, fans can still purchase season tickets and receive the special holiday offer.  

Residents of Putnam, Cumberland, White, Overton and Jackson Counties are also going to receive a special offer, giving them admission to certain games for just one dollar per person.

Putnam County Night is actually going to be hosted on two separate nights, one a women’s OVC game and one for a men’s OVC game. The first is Saturday, Dec. 28, when coach Jim Davis’ women’s team opens conference play with a 7 p.m. tilt against Jacksonville State.

The second Putnam County Night is on Thursday, Jan. 9, when coach Steve Payne’s men’s team hosts Eastern Illinois at 7 p.m.

Residents of Cumberland and White counties receive the special one dollar offer for a conference doubleheader against SIU Edwardsville on Saturday, Jan. 11, with the women’s contest tipping off at 5:30 p.m.

A few weeks later, the same discount will be given to residents of Overton and Jackson counties for an OVC doubleheader against Belmont on Saturday, Feb. 1. The event also begins at 5:30 p.m. with the women’s contest.

That same doubleheader against Belmont will be Communiversity Night, when members of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce receive eight tickets to the games.

Youth basketball nights are planned at several games, beginning in mid-January. On Saturday, Jan. 11, Tech hosts groups from Upward, Vision and Putnam County basketball leagues.

Special youth basketball nights are also planned for two women’s and two men’s games. Women’s games featuring the Youth Night offer are on Monday, Feb. 3 against Tennessee State and Monday, Feb. 24 against Southeast Missouri. The Youth Nights at men’s game are on Thursday, Feb. 13 against Eastern Kentucky, and Saturday, Feb. 22 against Jacksonville State.

For each of the youth basketball nights, young fans will receive free admission if they are wearing their basketball shirts.   

Scout Night, with free admission to all scouts wearing their uniform, is planned for Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Belmont doubleheader.

Tech will celebrate it’s annual Academic Excellence Night on Thursday, Jan. 30, and all elementary school Honor students will be admitted free. The men’s team hosts Tennessee State, and all of Tech’s student-athletes named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll will be introduced.

Another annual event, Military and Public Safety Appreciation Night, is set for Saturday, Feb. 15, when Tech entertains Morehead State in a doubleheader.

Two more special events have also been planned, with free t-shirts for fans.

The first is a Gold Rush when the men’s squad hosts Tennessee State on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Fans are encouraged to paint the arena gold by wearing that color, and gold t-shirts will be given out to fans.

The second is Tech’s annual Think Pink Night, with fans encouraged to wear pink to the game for one dollar admission. It’s an event to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer, and pink t-shirts will be given to fans.

For season tickets, or information on any of the special promotions, please call the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center at (931) 372-3940.