April 30, 2005
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Tickets remain available for Tuesday night’s WNBA exhibition game between the Detroit Shock and Indiana Fever, scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. (EST/CDT) at Notre Dame’s Joyce Center. The game will mark a homecoming for two of the All-America cornerstones on Notre Dame’s 2001 national championship team, as Detroit center Ruth Riley, the ’01 consensus National Player of the Year, and Shock guard Niele Ivey, the ’01 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner, play their first game on the Joyce Center hardwood since that memorable title-winning campaign. In addition, Detroit is coached by former Irish men’s basketball standout and two-time NBA champion Bill Laimbeer, who was a member of Notre Dame’s 1978 Final Four squad.
Fans attending Tuesday night’s exhibition game will have the opportunity to receive numerous prizes. The first 1,000 patrons through the turnstiles will be given a commemorative poster, highlighting Riley and Ivey’s return to the Notre Dame campus. Also, during the course of the contest, fans have the chance to take home a Ruth Riley bobblehead doll, as well as official Detroit Shock team apparel. Furthermore, an autograph session will be held following the game in auxiliary gym #2 on the upper concourse of the arena.
Tickets are $20 for floor-level platform seats, $15 for chairback mid-level seats, and $8 for upper-level bleacher seats, with discounted $5 admission for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students. Each of those tickets (as well as a special Family Four Pack of four bleacher-seat tickets for $25) may be purchased in advance through the Notre Dame athletics ticket office, either in person (second floor of the Joyce Center through Gate 1) or by calling (574) 631-7356. Additionally, individual tickets can be obtained on-line through the official Notre Dame athletics web site (www.und.com), or by going to any National City Bank branch in St. Joseph County (Ind.). On game night, the Gate 10 ticket windows at the Joyce Center will be open for those patrons wishing to purchase tickets on site.
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