Gathering of Eagles, Poster Night slated Thursday in Eblen Center

Gathering of Eagles, Poster Night slated Thursday in Eblen Center

First 1,000 fans will get free admission;
Meet the players and get autographs on First Tennessee Poster Night

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Area fans will get their first taste of Tennessee Tech basketball action Thursday night in Eblen Center, and the taste will include free Pepsi and popcorn, free admission to the first 1,000 fans, and free Golden Eagle schedule posters, compliments of First Tennessee Bank.

The women's and men's teams get the season underway by hosting exhibition games Thursday evening. First-year coach Sytia Messer's women's team faces Tennessee Wesleyan at 5:30 p.m. That game will be followed by coach Mike Sutton's men's team against Bluefield College at 7:30 p.m.

Tech Athletics is hosting the Gathering of Eagles, and providing free admission to the first 1,000 fans when the doors to Eblen Center open at 4:30 p.m. In addition, each fan will receive a coupon good for one free popcorn and one free Pepsi product during the night's action.

First Tennessee Bank, the corporate sponsor of Tennessee Tech basketball, is also hosting its annual Poster Night, with free schedule posters available to fans.

Following each game, the team will be available in the Eblen Center main lobby to meet fans and sign posters.

Season tickets are on sale for the 2009-2010 season, and are available at the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center or by calling (931) 372-3940. Tickets can also be purchased online at

Shown in photo: Nelson Forrester (left) and Davis Watts (right) of First Tennessee Bank are joined by TTU men's assistant basketball coach Russ Willemsen and women's head coach Sytia Messer in displaying the 2009-2010 Golden Eagle schedule posters.