BEMIDJI, Minn. –Bemidji State University athletics, along with Sanford Center and Sanford Health are teaming up to bring Bemidji State basketball to Sanford Center for the first time Jan. 16-17.
“This is a venture that will bring together some great partners in the community to try something new,” said Curtis Webb, executive director of Sanford Center. “Who knows where it will go. College basketball is phenomenal and this could be a great basketball facility.”
“We are excited about the opportunity to play men’s and women’s basketball at the Sanford Center Jan. 16 and 17,” commented BSU Director of Athletics Tracy Dill. “Sanford Center is a beautiful arena with a lot of excellent opportunities from the technical aspect to the atmosphere and amenities. We are encouraged about bringing our partnership with Sanford Center to a new level with additional events.
“We think this will be an excellent showcase for Beaver basketball.”
The four game college basketball weekend will get underway Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. when the BSU women’s basketball team hosts Minnesota State University, Mankato in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play followed by the BSU men’s team versus the Mavericks at 8 p.m.
“Our coaching staff and players are extremely excited to play in these games. Sanford Center is a first-class facility with state-of-the-art amenities,” said BSU Head Women’s Basketball Coach Mike Curfman. “I think it is going to be a great weekend for fans to come out and watch us play in a different facility without leaving Bemidji.”
Saturday, the BSU women host Concordia University-St. Paul at 4 p.m. with the men’s team to follow at 6 p.m.
“This is an intriguing weekend for us,” said BSU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Boschee. “Just like any time you play somewhere new, logistically, there are a lot of unknowns, but playing at a venue like Sanford Center has tremendous potential.”
Tickets are available now at the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window. Single-game, general admission tickets begin at $5 for youth, $10 for adults with limited number of $15 courtside reserved seats available for each game. Fans can also purchase a two-day ticket, good for all four games Jan. 16-17. Two-day general admission tickets begin at $10 for youth and $15 for adults with reserved courtside seats for all four games priced at $20. BSU and NTC students are free for all games.
Sanford Center, Northern Minnesota’s premiere venue, broke ground in April of 2009 and officially opened doors in October of 2010. The 4,373-seat arena is the home to the BSU men's and women's hockey teams. Coupled with the attached, George W. Nielson Convention Center, the venue serves as host to everything from hockey to concerts, wedding receptions, expos, conventions, meetings, rodeos, graduation ceremonies and now basketball.
For information about tickets for this special BSU basketball event, contact Tony at the Sanford Center Bob Lowth Ford Pickup Window at (218) 441-4018.