12th-ranked Vanderbilt, opportunities to win a 2008 Toyota Tundra and free gas card highlight Lady Bucs "Pack the House" event this Friday
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 18, 2008) - If seeing your Atlantic Sun Champion ETSU women's basketball team take on 12th-ranked Vanderbilt Friday night was not enough firepower to "Pack the House," then how about an opportunity to try to win a 2008 Toyota Tundra, courtesy of Phil Bachman Toyota, a free gas card, and many other prizes to entice you to break the all-time Lady Buccaneer attendance record.  


Well, that is exactly what Lady Buccaneer fans have the chance to do when they show up to Memorial Center, this Friday night at 7 p.m., when ETSU faces SEC powerhouse Vanderbilt.


Last season the Lady Bucs defeated conference foe Kennesaw State, 81-77, in front of a program-record 1,236 fans on Feb. 2, and this season the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, in correlation with the NCAA "Pack the House" promotion, is trying to break the mark for a third consecutive year.


"ETSU Athletics is quite ecstatic about the Lady Bucs home debut this Friday," commented Sara Hacker, ETSU's Marketing and Promotions Coordinator. "Our goals are to "Pack the House" and watch some first-class women's basketball.  We feel these are two goals that are very practical to reach, especially giving an opportunity for one lucky fan to have a chance to win a 2008 Toyota Tundra from Phil Bachman Toyota and Scion. Mr. Bill Benton and the staff at Phil Bachman have been wonderful supporters of ETSU Athletics, and its great promotions like these that can really add to the gameday excitement."


Once again the NCAA is asking every Division I program to participate in a national competition to "Pack the House" at a selected home game during the 2008-09 regular season. NCAA member schools will compete against schools in their own conference as well as all Division I schools for a chance to be the 2009 NCAA Women's Basketball Pack the House Challenge Champion.


Throughout the last couple of years, the NCAA have been looking to grow the sport of women's basketball by building upon successes and preparing for the next generation of women's college basketball players and fans. This is an opportunity to further develop national grassroots programs aimed at increasing attendance and awareness.


"I think the NCAA and our Athletic Department are doing a tremendous job to promote women's basketball and increase awareness in the Tri-Cities area," added head coach Karen Kemp. "Not only will fans get to see one of the top teams in the country, but they will have a fun-filled evening from start to finish. We definitely need all the support on Friday night, and I guarantee if fans show up they will be treated to a great night." 


In addition to having a chance to win the Toyota Tundra and free gas card, ETSU fans can also enjoy pregame festivities which includes - tailgating (first 200 fans to enter the gates get free food), inflatable games and free poster making for children, tailgating games such as Cornhole and Lasso Golf, as well as free give-a-ways throughout the evening.


A special ticket incentive is also built into Friday night's game, because any fan that brings two or more canned food items will be offered $1 admission. After the contest all the canned food items will be given to the South Side Mission of Johnson City.


Meanwhile, a lot area groups will be in attendance to help make history, as the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Girl Scouts of the Tri-Cities, Johnson City Rotary Club, Girls Inc. of Kingsport, Lions Club of Elizabethton, Johnson City Business & Professional Women, and CHAC Youth basketball of Kingsport will be on hand cheering and supporting the Lady Bucs.    


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