UK Gymnastics hosts 'Excite Night' Saturday

LEXINGTON -- Billed as "a party so big, it will last the whole season", the No. 13-ranked University of Kentucky gymnastics team will host its 23rd annual ‘Excite Nite', Saturday, January 14th, at 6 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. Doors for the event will open at 4 p.m.

Fans will enjoy top-flight collegiate gymnastics and interaction with the event through various activities. Olympic gold medalists Dominique Moceanu and Svetlana Boguinskaia will be in attendance. Also present will be UK great and 13-time All-American Jenny Hansen. All three superstars will sign autographs on the concourse from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and serve as guest commentators during the meet. The night will be filled with plenty of fun, thrilling gymnastics and great prizes for the whole family. WKYT's own Dick Gabriel returns as master of ceremonies to provide fans with an upbeat analysis of the event. After the conclusion of the meet, the UK gymnasts will sign autographs.

The meet itself will serve as the home opener for the Cats as they host Illinois State and Southeast Missouri State. The Cats opened the 2006 campaign with a convincing win over Michigan State last Friday. Junior Krystle Cook won the all-around competition while freshman Heather Hite won on beam with a score of 9.9, putting her in exclusive company as just the seventh different Wildcat all-time to record a 9.9 or better on beam. As a result of the win, the Cats jumped ten spots to No. 13 in the national polls.

Tickets for the event are $5 for adults with $2 tickets available for youth and seniors. Children up to the age of five get in free. Fans can also purchase UK gymnastics season tickets for just $10 online at, in person at the athletics ticket office in Memorial Coliseum or by phone at 859-257-1818 or 1-800-928-CATS. Fans attending the UK vs. Alabama men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon can redeem their ticket stubs to earn free admission to ‘Excite Nite' while supplies last.

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