NCAA Tournament Watch Parties, Pregame Pep Rally Planned for Minutemen
March 19, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association has announced a number of regional "watch parties" across the country where UMass alumni and fans will be able to come together to watch the Minutemen basketball team tip-off their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998, as well as events in Raleigh, N.C., for fans making the trip to cheer the team on in-person.
For fans heading to Raleigh for the Midwest Regional games, an open practice will be held at PNC Arena at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 20. Fans will be able to watch Coach Derek Kellogg and his staff run the team through its drills, and show their support to the players and coaches as they familiarize themselves with the arena and prepare for the big game.
After the practice, a pep rally and welcome reception for the team will be hosted at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel at 5:30 p.m. Fans, family, friends and alumni will join the UMass cheerleaders and the Hoop Band to fire up the team for the next day's action.
On Friday, March 21, fans will gather at restaurants and taverns in Amherst, Boston, New York, Cape Cod, Denver and San Francisco to watch the game together on CBS. Information and locations for each event can be found below, and tip-off for the game is scheduled for 2:45 p.m.
All of these events are free, but fans planning to attend the pep rally in Raleigh or the watch parties around the country are asked to register in advance on the Alumni Association's website. More information about these and any additional events will also be posted on the site as they are developed.
Fans and alumni who have any questions, or who may want to organize watch parties in their area, are asked to contact the Alumni Association at 800-456-UMASS or email@example.com.
MINUTEMEN NCAA TOURNAMENT WATCH PARTIES (ALL TIMES LOCAL)
Pioneer Valley Alumni Network
Greater Boston Alumni Network
New York Metro Alumni Network
Cape Cod Alumni Network
Denver Alumni Network
Bay Area Network
Events in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, March 20
Pep Rally and Welcome Reception