"THE CROWD LAST WEEK REALLY HELPED US BEAT CINCINNATI AND WE NEED AN EVEN BETTER ATMOSPHERE ON SATURDAY WHEN WE TAKE ON WEST VIRGINIA. WE'RE COUNTING ON YOU TO MAKE SATURDAY'S ATMOSPHERE AS GOOD AS IT'S EVER BEEN." -- STAN HEATH, USF HEAD COACH
The USF regular season will come to a close on Saturday, March 3 at noon, when the Bulls host West Virginia for the last time in BIG EAST play and we need your help to fill the Forum. In anticipation of the match-up between two teams fighting for their place in the NCAA Tournament, the USF Athletic Department has organized a series of promotions sure to match the energy and excitement of the basketball program's biggest home game in the last 20 years.
- All tickets $10
- Every seat in the lower bowl will have special white t-shirt courtesy of Grow Financial Federal Credit Union and Sagicor Life Insurance
- Kids Free tickets can be redeemed in advance by visiting the Forum Box Office or USF Box Office (USF Baseball/Softball Stadium)
- Kids Concession Deal - Chicken nuggets + Fries available for $3
- Student Concession Deal - All students that show an ID can purchase a hot dog for $2
- Student Parking - All USF students can park for free, while spaces last, in the front end of the North Lot. You will need to show your student ID to gain entrance
- Special halftime performance by the Inflatamanics
- Post-game penny pick up sponsored by Fifth Third Band * First 150 kids will receive a special bucket from Fifth Third Bank and get the opportunity to stuff their piggy banks as 53,000 pennies will be spread out on the court
- USF HornsUp members will receive a special check badge and can also obtain it by using the official hashtag for the game #MadnessBeatWVU
- Game is sponsored by Tampa General Hospital
West Plaza Pre-Game Activities
- Local musicians will provide music from the plaza stage
- Pictures of fans provided by a cartoonist
- A special performance from the Inflatamaniacs
- A special appearance by the USF Cheerleaders and Sun Dolls
- A visit from Rocky the Bull
Due to the Gasparilla Distance Classic taking place in Downtown Tampa on Saturday, March 3, the Tampa Bay Times Forum is advising all guests to use alternate routes of transportation to gain access into the arena for the noon tip-off of the USF Men’s Basketball game against West Virginia.
The City of Tampa is expecting approximately 25,000 attendees at the annual race, causing several street closures and potential delays to high-traffic areas in close proximity to the Times Forum. Fans are advised to utilize Morgan Street and Tampa Street, as well as Meridian Drive, Florida Avenue and Old Water Street, as each will be open all day. The Platt Street Bridge, meanwhile, will be closed until noon, while a stretch of Bayshore Boulevard will be closed from Brorein Street to Gandy Boulevard. In addition, the Crosstown expressway will remain open to exit onto Florida Avenue. Normal traffic flow should re-open at the conclusion of the race, expected to be around 1 p.m.