Men's Basketball

NBA Champion Celtics Play Preseason Opener At Mullins Center on Oct. 8

Paul Pierce and the Celtics will play at the Mullins Center on Oct. 8.

Paul Pierce and the Celtics will play at the Mullins Center on Oct. 8.

Aug. 6, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. - The NBA Champion Boston Celtics will play their first game as reigning title holders at the Mullins Center on Oct. 8, 2008, in their preseason opener. The Celtics will take on the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 p.m., on UMass' home court. The game will be the first in the C's eight-game preseason slate. Tickets will be on sale at a later date to be determined.

"Being a life-long Celtics fan and seeing the team return to its championship legacy last spring, I am thrilled to have them playing a game at the Mullins Center," said UMass head coach Derek Kellogg. "Hopefully the fans will come out and pack the Mullins for the Celtics game as a precursor to packing the building for our UMass games during the season."

From The Mullins Center

The Philadelphia 76ers will face the defending National Basketball Association Champion Boston Celtics in a preseason game at the Mullins Center on the campus of the University of Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 8. The Mullins Center is operated and managed by Global Spectrum, the public assembly facility management subsidiary of Sixers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor.

"We're excited to bring the Sixers to the Mullins Center for an entertaining night of NBA Basketball," said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko and graduate of Massachusetts. "This game allows us to expand our fan base and expose new fans to 76ers basketball while at the same time enabling one of the facilities we manage (through our management subsidiary Global Spectrum) to enhance its event schedule with top-notch sports and attractions."

The game will not only highlight the Sixers and their strong relationship with Global Spectrum, but will also give the Celtics a chance to continue to touch different parts of their home state.

"The World Champion Boston Celtics are looking forward to bringing professional basketball to our loyal fans in the western part of our state. With this game being held at the state school, which has a modern venue and a good history of collegiate hoops, these two long-time Atlantic Division rivals should tip-off the preseason schedule with a bang," said Boston Celtics Vice President of Media Services and graduate of Massachusetts Jeff Twiss.



Tickets will go on sale on August 15, 2008 at the Mullins Center box office, online at or by phone at 413-733-2500.

The Sixers have previously played preseason contests at several Global Spectrum-managed venues, including the Liacouras Center at Temple University; the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario; the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ; the Constant Center at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA; and the Colonial Center at the University of South Carolina.

For more information on the Philadelphia 76ers, please visit the team's official web site, SIXERS.COM.

Comcast-Spectacor ( is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), the two arenas in which their teams play, the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum, four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 70 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.

The Mullins Center ( is a multi-purpose, 10,000 seat facility on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. Home to UMass Basketball and Hockey, the facility also hosts concerts, family shows, ice shows and theatre shows. The Mullins Center offers multiple function rooms as well as catering services. The Mullins Community ice rink and racquetball courts are open daily.


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