TAMPA, OCT. 13, 2014 – USF fans can get geared up for the exciting basketball season ahead by attending Hoops Hysteria on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Sun Dome.
Hoops Hysteria, sponsored by USF Health, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. and the free preseason pump-up event features plenty of entertainment for fans that can meet and interact with both USF basketball teams in a number of ways. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive USF basketball schedule magnets for attending.
Once doors open at noon, inflatables and air brush face painting will be available in the Kids Zone while attendees can participate in the Select-A-Seat season ticket program. Fans also can pick up cool Bulls items during the USF Yard Sale with benefits supporting the Bulls Club and USF Athletics.
Women’s team introductions begin on the court at 12:45 p.m. followed by a special pep talk by head coach Jose Fernandez. Men’s team introductions will follow before new men’s head coach Orlando Antigua grabs the mic to greet the crowd.
The Rumble pep band and Spirit Squads will be on hand to keep the energy going as the event continues with a 3-point contest that features members of the women’s team. The men’s squad will take the court afterward to compete in a dunk contest.
The Kids Zone, the USF Yard Sale and the Select-A-Seat program will resume after the dunk contest and fans can interact with both teams during an autograph session that takes place at the end of Hoops Hysteria.
Prior to Hoops Hysteria, both USF head coaches will conduct a clinic at the Pam and Les Muma Center that’s right next door to the Sun Dome. The Orlando Antigua and Jose Fernandez Ladies Hoops 101 Clinic starts with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the event covers the x’s and o’s of offense and defense and rules and regulations from 10 a.m.-noon. The clinic also will feature a question-and-answer period with both coaches. Cost of the clinic is $40 (lunch included) and fans can reserve their spots by calling Jessica Cooley at 813-415-8754 or by email at Cooleyj@usf.edu.