Lincoln – The University of Nebraska Athletic Department announced on Friday that Ameritas will be the presenting sponsor for the Husker men’s and women’s basketball season openers at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Game One presented by Ameritas will take place on Friday, Nov. 8, as the Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams host their first regular-season games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, a $179 million facility in Lincoln’s Haymarket District. Both basketball games are expected to shatter school single-game non-conference attendance marks, trumpeting the start of a highly anticipated 2013-14 campaign for both programs.
“The Husker basketball season-opening celebration will be a historic day in Lincoln,” said JoAnn Martin, Ameritas President and CEO. “We’re excited to help make this once-in-a-life time celebration happen in the family friendly atmosphere of the Haymarket District and the new arena.”
University of Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst said the presence of Ameritas will enhance the atmosphere surrounding the basketball openers.
“We are excited to welcome Ameritas as the presenting sponsor for Game One,” said Eichorst. “Ameritas has not only been a long-time supporter of Nebraska Athletics, but also of projects which have benefitted communities across the state. Having Ameritas on board for Game One will help make November 8th a memorable day for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans.”
The day begins with a special “Invest 2 Be the Best” pep rally Friday morning inside the arena, which will feature approximately 5,000 middle school youth from Lincoln and surrounding communities. The youth pep rally is one of several special events planned for Nov. 8. More details will be announced over the next three weeks.
The Husker women, coming off their second NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in four years, will open the day’s festivities, as Coach Connie Yori’s squad takes on 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier UCLA at Noon (central) in a game televised statewide on NET and carried on the Husker Sports Radio Network. The game with the Bruins will be the first regular-season game in the history of the arena and features a pair of teams that finished in the top 20 of the final 2013 USA Today Coaches rankings.
At 8 p.m., Dunk City will invade the Star City, as Coach Tim Miles and the Husker men take on NCAA Sweet 16 qualifier Florida Gulf Coast in a game that will be televised nationally on BTN and on the Husker Sports Radio Network. It is the first of five Sweet 16 teams that the Huskers will face at home during the 2013-14 season. Fan are encouraged to be in their seats by 7:30 p.m. for pregame festivities.
While the men’s game against FGCU is already sold out, fans can guarantee their seats for the Husker women’s opener with 2013-14 season tickets, as prices start at $80 for adults and $40 for youth and senior citizens and can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com or calling the University of Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIGRED.
In addition, single-game tickets to the Husker women’s opener against UCLA will go on sale Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m. with prices set at $10 (reserved seats), $5 (GA-Adult) and $3 (GA-Youth & Seniors) while UNL students are free with a valid N-Card.
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