Men’s Basketball Trophy on Display, Final Four Banner to Be Raised at Saturday’s Home Opener

Posted: November 16, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s home opener on Saturday against Wichita State has officially sold out, and a record crowd is expected in the Patriot Center. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN2.

Not only will it be the first chance for fans to see the Patriots in action at home since the team made the Final Four, it will also be a chance for fans to see the Washington Regional Championship trophy.

The trophy will be on display in the Patriot Center concourse prior to and during the game, which is slated for a 4 p.m. tip off.

A limited number of early-arriving fans will receive a Final Four banner as they enter the building. Approximately 20 minutes prior to the tip, the official NCAA Final Four Banner will be raised to the rafters.

Fans will want to be in their seats for this exciting moment in George Mason men’s basketball history, so please take into account the impact a near-sellout crowd will have on travel, parking and entering the 10,000-seat Patriot Center.

Halftime offers entertainment choices as well. The unicyclist team Sem-Cycle will perform, and local middleweight boxer Jimmy Lange, from season one of “The Contender,” will sign autographs.

Student seating for all Mason home games is behind the basket on both ends of the court.

Fans are reminded of the Gold Rush this weekend: be sure to wear gold or yellow shirts to the game.

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