If you are anywhere near Spokane and Gonzaga University, mark your calendar for a date with the Zags on October 18. You will want to be in The Kennel that evening for what will be an exciting and fun-filled night of Zagmania. Coach Mark Few and the 2001-2002 edition of the Bulldogs plan to kick off the season in great family-oriented style.
Bring the kids. Bring the neighbors' kids. Bring your grandma. Pack the car and head down to Gonzaga's Martin Centre. There will be cheerleaders, dance teams, highlight videos, raffles, contests and $10,000 to win. You'll see this year's Zags introduced and watch them play an all-out game-like scrimmage. And afterwards, you can literally meet the Zags "up-close and personal" as the team will be signing autographs. Buy a basketball and have the entire team sign it. It could end up being a memorable souvenir as Gonzaga's mens basketball team is poised once again for another successful NCAA Tournament.
Dean and Rusty of "The Dean and Rusty Show" on Oldies 101.1 will be emceeing the festivities. Make your plans now and be sure to arrive early when the doors open; it promises to be a packed house for a team that has advanced to the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen over the past three years!
Admission is free but Gonzaga requests that everybody bring cans of food to be donated at the door for the Spokane Food Bank.
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We'll see you in The Kennel on October 18. Go Zags!
6:00pm - Doors Open
6:45pm – Festivities begin with Dean and Rusty
6:50pm – Dance Team performance
6:55pm – Cheerleaders routine
7:05pm – Gonzaga Highlight Videos
7:30pm – Team Introductions and Tip-Off!
Halftime – Raffles and $10,000 shooting contest. (The contestant chooses any spot on the floor for their first attempt to the basket. Now, turn to the opposite basket and sink a shot from the same location. Must make both!!!)
Postgame, approx. 8:30pm – Player Autograph session on the court