Oct. 11, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A sold-out crowd of over 1,400 fans packed the annual University of Louisville men's basketball tipoff luncheon Thursday at the Louisville Downtown Marriott Ballroom.
Head coach Rick Pitino entertained the Cardinal fans after a pair of highlight videos and the team introduced each other. Pitino told everyone that the message for his team was to stay humble and hungry, and not to embrace the success of last year's NCAA Final Four run.
The Cardinals begin full practice for the 2012-13 season on Friday evening and will stage a public intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.
The Oct. 13 scrimmage is in concert with U of L's "Return to the Nest" Homecoming on Main festivities, which includes activities on the Norton Healthcare Plaza of the KFC Yum! Center prior to the scrimmage. That event starts at 11 a.m., when the Cardinals' football team kicks off at Pittsburgh. The football game will be shown live on the plaza video screen.
Tickets for the Mark's Feed Store Red-White Scrimmage, priced at $10 for lower side and corner arena seats and $5 for end zone seats, are currently on sale at both U of L Ticket Offices: located near Gate 2 of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium off Floyd Street; and on the third floor of the Swain Student Activities Center. Both locations are open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders. Further information can be obtained by calling the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5863.
There will be a drawing at the Oct. 13 scrimmage for a trip for two to follow the Cardinals' men's basketball team to the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis, a prestigious tournament played at the famed Atlantis resort at Paradise Island, Bahamas on Nov. 22-24. Cardinal fans can visit the UofL Athletics Facebook page -- http://www.facebook.com/uoflsports -- for the link to sign up for a chance to win the trip. Official rules are noted on the sign-up page for the contest, which is open to UofL fans at least 18 years of age with a valid passport. Entries may be submitted until 5 p.m. on Oct. 12. No more than two entries per person may be submitted.
The Cardinals have two additional Red-White intrasquad men's basketball scrimmages scheduled in the KFC Yum! Center on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for those events as well.