Thursday, December 5, 2013

Governor McDonnell Announces General Tickets Now Available for Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic

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Tickets available on or by phone at 1-800-745-3000
Featuring: JMU vs. Hampton and Virginia Tech vs. VCU

RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced Governor's Holiday Hoops classic tickets are now available for purchase and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The 2013 Classic will be held on Saturday, December 21st at the Richmond Coliseum. The Classic will feature a men's basketball double-header with the Dukes of James Madison University taking on the Pirates of Hampton University at 3 p.m. and the Virginia Tech Hokies matching up with the VCU Rams at5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the double-header had previously only been on sale through the box offices of the participating universities. Now, fans can purchase tickets directly through the Richmond Coliseum and Ticketmaster. Information about how to purchase a ticket to both games can be found below. In addition to the games, the Classic is a major food and fundraiser for Virginia's Food Banks. Detailed information regarding the food drive is also below. The Classic will be telecast live nationally on the NBCSN.

“I am pleased to announce that general tickets for the second edition of the ‘Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic’ on December 21st at the Richmond Coliseum are now available from Ticketmaster,” said Governor McDonnell. “The double header will feature four of Virginia's top basketball programs in an exciting and spirited double-header. With one ticket, fans will be able to watch JMU and Hampton at 3 p.m., followed by Virginia Tech and VCU at 5:30 p.m.  It’s going to be an afternoon and evening of tremendous basketball featuring in-state rivalries. I hope Virginians from all across the state will join us at the Coliseum on December 21st.”

Governor McDonnell continued, “In addition to watching some great basketball, I hope fans will also consider supporting the cause of the classic through a donation to Virginia's Food Banks. I encourage all students, faculty, staff, and fans to consider making a food or financial donation on behalf of their participating university in the food drive competition.”

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe added, “I am looking forward to joining Governor McDonnell at the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic, a must-attend event for Virginians who love college basketball and want to lend a hand to families in need. I hope every Virginian will show their support by attending these great games and making a donation to help Virginia food banks in their mission to end hunger this holiday season.”

Virginians are encouraged to make donations in support of their participating university here:
The 2013 Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic is the second installation of the Classic. In 2012, a doubleheader featured Richmond against George Mason and UVA against Old Dominion.


The Matchups
Saturday, December 21st at the Richmond Coliseum
3:00 p.m. James Madison University vs. Hampton University
5:30 p.m. Virginia Tech vs. Virginia Commonwealth University

Tickets for the event are on sale NOW through Ticketmaster.

Ticket Prices
Club Seats $70                                      
Lower Bowl $50
Upper Bowl $35
300 Level $20
Student Floor $10
One ticket is good for admission to both games of the doubleheader. Doors open one hour prior to the start of the first game.

The Classic Website
Fans are encouraged to visit www.Governor.Virginia.Gov/GovernorsClassic for the latest information on the 2013 Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic games.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced in 2012 that college basketball fans nationwide will be able to watch the 2012 and 2013 “Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic.” NBCSN will again telecast the 2013 doubleheader basketball games live from the Richmond Coliseum.

NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 80 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Premier League, Formula One, Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, and beginning in 2015, NASCAR. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown  and Breeders' Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such asCostas TonightNFL Turning PointPro Football Talk, and The Dan Patrick Show. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

Cause of the Classic
Virginians are encouraged to make donations, here:

At the end of the food drive, Virginia's food banks will tally up the food and funds received, and the winners for each matchup will be announced on December 21st. Fans can donate on campus or online to support their institutions bid to raise the most food in support of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.

The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit state association of food banks affiliated with Feeding America. Composed of the seven regional Virginia/Washington DC food banks, the Federation supports the food banks in providing food, funding, education, advocacy and awareness services and programs throughout the Commonwealth. The Federation is the largest hunger-relief network in the state, serving over 1,012,500 Virginians last year. Last year, the Federation of Virginia Food Banks distributed over 108 million pounds of food and grocery product.

The Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic is made possible by the generous support of the following event sponsors:
Alpha Natural Resources
Bank of America
BonSecours Richmond Health System
Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.
Newport News Shipbuilding
Ukrop's Homestyle Foods
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