ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball teams are hosting “Monroe Madness” in Rochester on Friday, Oct. 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial.
The event, for Rochester area Syracuse fans, is presented in partnership with Pegula Sports and Entertainment and with Wegmans as the primary sponsor.
“Many thanks to our friends at Pegula Sports and Entertainment and Wegmans for making this possible,” said Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack. “We are excited for our Rochester area fans, who are incredibly passionate about the Orange, to have this unique opportunity to see our men’s and women’s basketball teams play in the downtown Blue Cross Arena. We aim to have more Orange Athletics events in the Monroe County and Rochester region going forward.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Syracuse Athletics in bringing this event to downtown Rochester and Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial,” said Robert Minter, Vice President of Business Operations for Blue Cross Arena. “Continuing to drive new and exciting events here at the Arena is a huge priority of ours to showcase all that downtown has to offer. We are looking forward to a fun-filled evening and continued growth of a great new partnership.”
THE EVENT: Monroe Madness will feature a night of basketball-themed events, including scrimmages, shooting competitions and a chance to see this year’s men’s and women’s teams.
Both squads will conduct intersquad scrimmages, the two teams will join to compete in a three-point shooting contest and the men’s program will have a dunk contest. There are also plans for interactive fan competition.
SYRACUSE BASKETBALL: Hall of Fame member Jim Boeheim ‘66 is in his 47th season as head coach at his alma mater. Boeheim’s squad features returning starters Jesse Edwards at center and guard Joe Girard. Monroe Madness also provides a great opportunity to see first-year Syracuse women’s coach Felisha Legette-Jack ’89 and her new squad. One of the top performers in Orange hoop history, Legette-Jack returned to Syracuse following a very successful tenure as head coach at Buffalo.
TICKETS: Tickets are on sale now at The Blue Cross Arena Box Office for $10, $15, $25 and $35. A few courtside seats will also be made available for $50. Groups of 20, including youth groups, can purchase tickets for just $12 each in the lower level and groups of 100 can purchase tickets for $5 each. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com/event/00005CECDF033FB8.
If you or your organization cannot make the event but would like to support the United Way of Rochester in giving young Orange fans an opportunity to see the team in person, group tickets can be purchased and donated. For more information, please contact The Blue Cross Arena Ticket Box Office.
SUITES: Suites are available to rent for the Monroe Madness event. To inquire, please call Chad Buck at (585) 286-9951.
FUTURE SYRACUSE EVENT: The basketball programs at Syracuse are also planning the annual JMA Wireless Dome event for fans on Friday, Oct. 14. Additional details are to be announced.