BayHawks to Play Preseason Game in Meadville, Pa.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Yesterday the Erie BayHawks announced they will host their first ever home preseason game. The BayHawks will host the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the Meadville Area Senior High School in Meadville, Pa., November 20 with tipoff slated for 7 p.m. Tickets are just $5 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the school’s stadium turf replacement fund.

“We see this opportunity as a real win-win situation. First, it allows us to showcase the team to a nearby community of potential fans,” said BayHawks president Matt Bresee. “Secondly, it gives us the chance to reach out to a community that has seen some difficult times recently given the state of our current economy, by bringing in a professional basketball game where all the tickets are just five bucks.”

For those outside the local area, Meadville is Erie's neighbor to the south, about a 45-minute drive down I-79. This will be a rare treat for the high school to play host to professional basketball in its gym.

“The Meadville High School Athletic Department is honored that the BayHawks
organization has chosen Meadville High School to host this first ever event,” said Meadville High School athletic director Greg Williams. “The 'House of Thrills' has seen some great teams and players over the last 50 years, but this will be the first time it has played host to professional athletes. I would expect that the ability to watch NBA caliber athletes at a fraction of the cost, combined with the fact that a portion of the proceeds will go to a local cause, will result in a great turnout.”

A full team autograph session will follow the conclusion of the game, with a selection of official BayHawks merchandise available for purchase throughout the night. BayHawks players also plan to make appearances at Meadville area schools in the weeks prior to the game.


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