Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic to be Broadcast Nationally

NBC Sports Network will be the official telecast partner of the 2012 and 2013 Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic
Holiday Hoops Classic Food Drive Begins in one week, running from November 15th to December 15th

November 8, 2012

Office of the Governor
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
Email: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov

NBC Sports Group
Contact: Alex Rozis
Phone: (347) 404-3128

RICHMOND – Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today announced that college basketball fans nationwide will be able to watch the 2012 and 2013 “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic.” NBC Sports Network will telecast the 2012 and 2013 doubleheader basketball games live from the Richmond Coliseum. The “Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic” will benefit Virginia’s Food Banks and will take place in December 2012 and 2013 and feature in-state teams representing the ACC, CAA, MEAC and Atlantic 10. The inaugural Classic tips-off on December 22nd.

Governor McDonnell said, “I am thrilled to announce this partnership between NBC Sports Network and the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic. NBC Sports Network has a record of covering some of the most exciting events in the world, from the London Olympics to college football, and we look forward to their broadcasting the ‘Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic.’” Governor McDonnell continued, “The inaugural Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic will feature an exciting 3:00pm matchup between the University of Richmond and George Mason University and immediately following, Old Dominion University versus the University of Virginia. This doubleheader will feature some of the best teams in the Commonwealth bringing their rivalries to the hardwood, while raising food and funds for our incredible Food Banks at the same time. And now, through this partnership with NBC Sports, this great event will be available to audiences all across the country. I thank NBC Sports for joining with us to bring these games to a nationwide audience, and I look forward to a great day on December 22nd.”

“We’re excited to add the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic to our college basketball schedule, which is the most robust ever for the NBC Sports Network,” said Jon Miller, President Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “The exciting matchups in the Classic are consistent with the high level of college basketball programming our viewers will see all season long on the NBC Sports Network.”

NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in nearly 80 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France and the 34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2013, the Premier League and Formula One. In addition, NBC Sports Network features college football, college basketball, college hockey, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, NFL Turning Point, Caught Looking, NBC Sports Talk, Pro Football Talk and The Dan Patrick Show. NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.


The Matchups:
Saturday, December 22, 2012
3:00 p.m. University of Richmond vs. George Mason University
5:30 p.m. University of Virginia vs. Old Dominion University

Tickets for the event are on sale NOW through the university ticket offices and will go on sale through Ticketmaster beginning on Friday, November 30th.

2012 Ticket Prices:
Club Seats $70
Lower Bowl $50
Upper Bowl $35
300 Level $20
Student Floor $10
One ticket is good for admission to both games of the doubleheader. Doors open one hour prior to the start of the first game.

Old Dominion University Athletics
Ticket Office Phone: 757-683-4444

George Mason University Athletics
Ticket Office Phone: 703-993-3270

University of Richmond Athletics
Ticket Office Phone: 877-774-3371

University of Virginia Athletics
Ticket Office Phone: 800-542-UVA1 (800-542-8821) or 434-924-UVA1 (434-924-8821)

Richmond Coliseum Contact Information
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: The Box Office is on 7th Street near Nina F. Abady Festival Park.
Box Office Phone Number: (804) 780-4970

Phone: 1-800-745-3000

The Classic Website
Fans are encouraged to visit http://www.Governor.Virginia.Gov/GovernorsClassic for the latest information on the 2012 and 2013 Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic games.

The “Cause of the Classic”: The Food Drive
The Federation of Virginia Food Banks is the official non-profit partner of the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic. The Governor’s Office is pleased to support the Federation of Virginia Food Banks as the “Cause of the Classic.” During the holidays, Virginians regularly take time to lend some help to those who are less fortunate and in need. As part of that Virginia tradition, Governor McDonnell decided to partner with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to support a state and regional food drive to benefit those struggling to find a reliable source of nutrition. All students, faculty, staff and fans are encouraged to participate by supporting your local food bank during the holiday season.

The food drive surrounding the Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic will begin on November 15th and end on December 15th.

During this time Virginians are encouraged to consider making a food or financial donation to their local food bank. When they do, they will then designate one of the four participating universities to get the credit for that donation. At the end of the food drive, Virginia’s food banks will tally up the food and funds received, and the winners for each matchup will be announced between the two games on December 22nd. In other words, contributions attributed to the University of Richmond will be measured against contributions attributed to George Mason University, and contributions attributed to Old Dominion University will be measured against contributions attributed to The University of Virginia. Virginians can donate on campus or online to support their institutions bid to raise the most food in support of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.

The Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic is made possible by the generous support of the following event sponsors:

Alpha Natural Resources
Bank of America
BonSecours Richmond Health System
Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.
Newport News Shipbuilding
Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods