DePaul and FOX Sports 1 Kick Off Season

DePaul and FOX Sports 1 Kick Off Season

CHICAGO - All eyes will be on DePaul and the BIG EAST Conference as FOX Sports 1 televises the BIG EAST Tip-Off Party on Friday, Oct. 25. A festive evening is planned in Lincoln Park as the Blue Demons kick off the 2013-14 season.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. under the ‘L' tracks next to McGrath-Phillips Arena as some of Chicago's top food trucks will provide free food while live entertainment and a DJ get the crowd warmed up for the Tip-Off Party. Entrance for the block party hosted by DePaul Captains' Council, Blue Crew and the Student Government Association off of Belden Ave.

Food trucks scheduled for the pre-show event include Giordano's Pizza, Haute N' Ready, The Fat Shallot, Sweet Ride and The Salsa Truck. There will also be a Red Eye Photo Booth set up for students and fans to instantly post fun photos to social media outlets as they get ready to kick off the season.

Doors open to McGrath-Phillips Arena at 6:30 p.m. for the main event of the evening. Everyone in attendance will get a DePaul Athletics/FOX Sports 1 t-shirt and the first 1,000 people in attendance will get a FOX Sports 1 foam finger.

Among the many events planned for the night are special appearances by some of "Chicago's Finest." The Bagpipes of Drums of the Emerald Society from the Chicago Police Department will welcome head coaches Doug Bruno and Oliver Purnell to McGrath-Phillips Arena in an entrance that you won't want to miss.

On the court activities will include dunk and shooting contests with DePaul students eligible to win prizes throughout the evening. DePaul students should be on the lookout around campus starting Monday to qualify to participate in Friday night's event.

This special event is open to the public and free for all DePaul basketball fans. DePaul season ticket holders will be able to pick up their season tickets after 5 p.m. and during the BIG EAST Tip-Off Party at the ticket office at the Sullivan Athletics Center.

Single-game tickets also go on sale on Oct. 25 and will be available for purchase at the ticket office starting at 10 a.m.

Season tickets are on sale now in the DePaul ticket office and start at just $99 for both the men's and women's basketball seasons. For more information on season ticket packages and all ticket options, contact the DePaul ticket office at (773) 325-SLAM (7526).

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