SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse University has released the details for this year's Orange Madness basketball event at the Carrier Dome, setting it for Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
Here is the full news release from the SU Athletics Department:
Syracuse basketball fans can get their first look at the 2013 men’s and women’s squads at Orange Madness on Friday, October 18, in the Carrier Dome. ESPNU plans to carry portions of the Syracuse event as part of four hours of ESPNU Midnight Madness.
Tickets are currently available to all donors and season-ticket holders. They will be available to the general public on Monday, October 7, at 10 a.m. for $5. They can be purchased on-line at suathletics.com, by phone at (888) DOME-TIX, or in person at the Carrier Dome Box Office.
All students will be provided free entrance into Orange Madness by showing their SU or ESF student ID at Gate E. Student season-ticket holders will get an email Tuesday regarding how they reserve their ticket in the general admission student area between Aisles 107-110. Similar to a regular men's basketball home game, if there is still room in the student area after all season ticket holders enter, remaining SU & ESF students will be provided access to the student area until it fills. Once full, students will be provided with a reserved seat in the best available location.
This year’s Orange Madness will include:
•Scrimmages by both the men’s and women’s squads
•A dunk contest
•Entertainment from a nationally-known recording artist
•Hilby the Skinny German Juggle Boy
•Free Orange glow sticks to fans in attendance
•A chance at a half-court shot for a $100 gift card to the Orange Fan Shop
Syracuse fans are encouraged to dress in orange, break out the “Big Heads” and ignite “the Loud House,” all to enhance the viewing experience on ESPNU, which will televise the event.
The men’s basketball team is coming off a Final Four appearance. Jim Boeheim, who ranks second among NCAA Division I coaches in victories, enters his 38th season with a squad led by seniors C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita. Women’s coach Quentin Hillsman guided the Orange to a 24-8 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Nine letter winners return for that team, including sophomore guards Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes, each of whom earned BIG EAST Conference All-Freshman honors last winter.
Doors will open for Orange Madness at 6:00 p.m. with the event scheduled to get underway at 8:00 p.m.
Free parking is available in the Stadium West lots at the Dome and at Manley Field House. A shuttle service will run from the Manley lots starting at 5:30 p.m.