Syracuse University Athletics is hosting a Basketball Fan Appreciation Weekend in the Carrier Dome with events scheduled on Friday, October 20th for the men's program and Sunday, October 22nd for the women's team. Admission to both activities, including parking in the West Lots, is free.
Coach Jim Boeheim's squad will host the Orange vs. White game on Friday, October 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Quentin Hillsman and the Orange women will host their third annual 'Hoops-n-Scoops' practice and ice cream social event on Sunday, October 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at the Carrier Dome.
Orange vs. White Game (Friday, October 20, 2017)
The Orange men will show case a significantly revamped roster, which includes four freshmen and two transfers. The veterans on the team include junior guard Frank Howard, junior center Paschal Chukwu and sophomore Tyus Battle.
The team will take the floor at 7 p.m. for warm-ups and drills. The Orange vs. White game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. and will feature two 30-minute running time halves. The event will feature student-related contests on the court, as well as interaction with coaches and players following the scrimmage.
"We look forward to giving our fans the chance to see the players on this year's team in game-like action during the Orange vs. White game," Boeheim said. "As a thank you to the loyal student following we have at Syracuse, we are providing special seating for them at the event."
The courtside areas will be reserved for Syracuse University students and general public seating will be in the lower bowl behind the student areas. The Carrier Dome backcourt will feature concession stands and standing-room only areas. All seating will be general admission within the designated areas.
Parking lots will open at 5 p.m. and the Carrier Dome will welcome fans beginning at 5:30 p.m. Students should enter at Gate E and follow the signs to the student-only courtside areas.
Coach Boeheim, who ranks second all-time in Division I coaching victories, is in his 42nd season at the Orange helm. Syracuse was 19-15 a year ago and advanced to the second round of the NIT.
Hoops-n-Scoops (Sunday, October 22, 2017)
Fans can get their first glimpse of the 2017-18 women's squad in a full practice beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Carrier Dome. Following practice, fans will have the opportunity to enjoy ice cream and meet the members of the 2017-18 team. Fans are asked to RSVP to teamsu for the ice cream social before Thursday, October 19th.
"This event provides our program with a chance to interact with our fans and show our appreciation for them," said Hillsman, who is in his 12th year as the Orange head coach. "We can't wait until this year's event so our fans can get a look at this year's team and get excited for the upcoming season."
Sophomore guard Gabby Cooper, a 2017 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman Team honoree, leads a returning group that will join with one of the nation's top recruiting classes to form the 2017-18 squad. The 2016-17 Orange women advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight season, one of 15 programs nationally to do so.
All 2017-18 season ticket holders will receive an appreciation gift at the event.