Charlotte, N.C. - The Charlotte
49ers will hold their annual Basketball Madness this Thursday, October 18 at 9
pm and Fan Day on Saturday, October 20 at 2 pm in Halton Arena.
Basketball Madness, the official start of the 2012-13 basketball season, will
be held on October 18 from 9:00-10:30 pm. The first 500 fans in the door
receive a foam pick hand. The annual basketball tip-off will feature a meet and
greet with the men's and women's basketball teams, a slam dunk contest with a
surprise dunker, a skills challenge with some new twists and entertaining video
features. Back for the second year as host is 49ers alum and current
meteorologist for WACH FOX 57 in Columbia, South Carolina, Garrett
Bedenbaugh. Admission is free to the event and doors open at 8:45 pm. Students
are encouraged to enter via the student entrance in Halton Arena.
In addition, Basketball Madness will be streamed live on Charlotte49ers.com,
also for free and it will be aired live on Time Warner Cable Channel 22 (in
The more family-friendly Fan Day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.
The doors open at 1:30 pm. The 49ers women's basketball team will scrimmage at
2 pm and the men's basketball team will scrimmage at 2:30 pm. Both teams will
be signing autographs, and Junior 49ers Club members will have the opportunity to interview 49ers
Coinciding with Fan Day will be a free youth clinic for kids grade K-6. Please
register on-line here.
Registration closes for the clinic at Noon on Friday, October 19.
The 49ers men's basketball program is beginning their third season under Head
Coach Alan Major. Charlotte returns three starters and eight letterwinners off
last season's team led by preseason second-team All-Atlantic 10 selection
senior Chris Braswell, junior guard DeMario Mayfield and preseason A-10
All-Defensive team selection sophomore Pierria Henry.
The 49ers host Pfeiffer in an exhibition game in Halton Arena on Thursday,
November 1 at 7 pm. Charlotte tips off the regular-season against Charleston
Southern in Halton Arena on Friday, November 9 at 6 pm.
The women's squad, which has advanced to ten straight post-season tournaments,
is entering their second season under Head Coach Cara Consuegra. The 49ers
return nine letterwinners and five starters from last season's WNIT team led by
seniors Jennifer Hailey, Jai Forney and Amanda Dowe. The 49ers host Johnson C.
Smith in an exhibition game in Halton Arena on Saturday, November 3 at 7 pm. Charlotte
tips off the regular-season against North Carolina Central in Halton Arena on
Friday, November 10 at 6 pm.
Season tickets are now on-sale through Charlotte49ers.com or by calling
704-687-4949. Men's basketball season tickets begin at $49 and women's
basketball season tickets start at $30. Partial men's basketball season ticket
plans include an individual pack for $90 (Gold Zone seating) and the Harris
Teeter Family Zone Partial Plan for $120, four tickets in the Blue Zone. Plans include
five games - Florida State, East Carolina, Xavier, VCU, and the home opener
against Charleston Southern. Partial season plans and single game tickets will
be available for purchase at Fan Day or on Monday, October 22 at 9am and remain
available throughout the season, as they will be prorated upon conclusion of
games in the package.