Blue Madness and Open Practice Start Season

CHICAGO – DePaul athletics is set to host two events on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 to give the campus community and fans a first look at the 2014-15 Blue Demons. The festivities start Friday night with a block party and performance by Chicago hip hop legend Twista followed by an open practice on Saturday.

The block party starts at 6:30 p.m. under the “L” tracks behind McGrath-Phillips Arena with a variety of food trucks and a tailgating atmosphere. Food trucks expected to be available include The Cheesie’s Truck, The Fat Shallot, The Slide Ride and others to be named later.

The doors to McGrath-Phillips Arena open at 7 p.m. prior to a 7:30 start to introduce the 2014-15 men’s and women’s basketball teams. After introductions, Twista hits the stage for a performance in his hometown of Chicago. Known as one of the fastest rappers in the world, the Chicago hip hop legend has sold over five millions records in his career.

Admission to Blue Madness on Friday night is free for DePaul students, faculty/staff and season ticket holders. General admission is $10 that includes the block party and the performance. There will be no basketball activities at Blue Madness.

The basketballs hit the floor on Saturday for an open practice starting at 11 a.m. with the men’s team. At noon, the women’s team takes over for an open session that is free admission for everyone. In addition to the practice sessions, a rummage sale featuring DePaul Nike gear is open from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday, Oct. 17 – Blue Madness

6:30 p.m. – Block party under the “L”

7 p.m. – Doors open at McGrath-Phillips Arena

7:30 – Team introductions and performance by Twista

Admission is free for DePaul students, faculty/staff and season ticket holders $10 general admission

Saturday, Oct. 18 – Open Practice

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Rummage Sale

11 a.m. – Men’s basketball open practice

Noon – Women’s basketball open practice

Free admission for everyone

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