For the third year in a row, and on the earliest date in the history of the event, tickets for the McDonald’s Red-Blue Game have sold out.
The first showcase of each Arizona men’s basketball season is set for 3 p.m. MST on Saturday, Oct. 12. Doors will open at 1 p.m. MST (subject to change) and parking in most surface lots around McKale Center will be free and open to the public.
“The tremendous fan support and interest for this year’s Red-Blue Game is yet another reminder that Arizona has one of the best fan bases in all of college basketball,” UA head coach Sean Miller said. “There isn’t a better way to show past, current and future members of our program how much Arizona basketball means to its fans than packing 14,545 into McKale for a great day of basketball on October 12. Our players and staff are working hard every day to prepare for the upcoming season, and I can’t wait until the official start of practice in just under two weeks.”
In addition to opening another exciting season of Arizona basketball, the 2013 McDonald’s Red-Blue Game will also be a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Wildcats’ 1994 Final Four team. Along with many members of the team who are expected to be in attendance, UA greats Damon Stoudamire and Joseph Blair will experience their first McDonald’s Red-Blue Game as members of the Arizona coaching staff.
Members of the 1994 Final Four team will serve as judges of the day’s slam dunk contest, and will also be recognized both prior to the game and at halftime.
The Wildcats return three starters and seven letterwinners from last season’s squad that went 27-8, posting the program’s 24th 20-win season in the last 26 years. UA made its 30th NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.
Arizona also welcomes to campus the nation’s fifth-ranked recruiting class, headlined by forwards Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Elliott Pitts, while point guard T.J. McConnell will suit up for UA after sitting out last season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.For the latest updates on Arizona men’s basketball and an inside look at the program, follow @APlayersProgram on Twitter.