WHAT IS IT?
Residents of the Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area will be the guests of honor tonight when the Delaware 87ers take on the Idaho Stampede at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.
The game will mark the first-ever community night hosted by the First State's new NBA Development League basketball team, which kicked off its inaugural season with five-straight road games, starting Nov. 23.
"This will be only our third game at home and we're excited to make the M.O.T. community a part of the action," said Matt Youngs, an account executive for the team. "We're hoping to make some new fans and hopefully this will become an annual event for us."
Sponsored by the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC), the event will mirror MOT community nights that have been hosted by the Wilmington Blue Rocks, Delaware's minor league baseball team, each of the past three summers.
"As a dedicated sports town, we're excited to embrace the 87ers and celebrate their arrival the way only M.O.T. can," MACC executive director Roxane Ferguson said. "I think the game is going to be a lot of fun for local families and will give us a chance to cheer on another great sports team in our area, while also showcasing our town and our community."
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
The 87ers inaugural MOT Community Night will actually kick off at 3:30 p.m. when the Appoquinimink High School Jaguars take on the St. Georges Tech Hawks for the first-ever "Court of Dreams" game at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Tickets, which range from $9 to $19, will include both the high school game and the D-League contest, which tips off at 7 p.m.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 301 of Middletown will be the color guard for the national anthem immediately prior to the start of the 87ers game.
The Appo Jags youth cheerleading squad of girls between the ages of 5 and 14 also will be performing at halftime.
Any business or organization that purchases 20 or more tickets also will be able to bring its guests onto the floor to shoot free throws after the game.
"We also still have slots available for groups and organizations who would like to create a high-five tunnel for the players when they come onto the court, stand next to the players during the national anthem or sit on the bench during player warm-ups," Youngs said.
Anyone who purchases 10 or more tickets also will receive a free 87ers hat for everyone in their group.
HOW CAN I ATTEND?
Individual tickets to the Dec. 12 game range from $9 to $19 and can be purchased online at www.wepay.com/events/motnight or by calling (302) 504-7587.
Page 2 of 2 - Ticket prices include admission to both 3:30 p.m. high school basketball game and the 7 p.m. 87ers game.