Unique Fan Experience at MAAC Tournament


Another reason for me to love Marist College – I was able to take advantage of a FREE ride to Massachusetts to support the Men’s Basketball team in the MAAC Conference game Friday night.  Student Booster Club advertised this free trip on social media (which is where I first saw it) and an email was sent to all undergraduate students by Deborah DeCaprio, the Dean of Student Affairs. The details in the email were as follows:

“Marist students competed in a free throw shooting contest prior to the
men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at McCann Arena on Feb. 15. Since
Marist had the best shooting percentage in the MAAC at the “Swishing for
Springfield” event, our student body has been awarded a VIP experience at
the 2013 MAAC Basketball Championships. The event will take place at the
MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. prior to the men’s opening round
game against Siena on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Bus transportation, a Marist t-shirt and tickets to the game are all FREE
with a valid Marist ID. Food and access to a suite in the MassMutual Center
will be guaranteed to the first 150 Marist students who sign up. The suite
comes complete with FREE pizza, subs, a flat screen TV and an XBOX. Busses
will depart from the McCann Center Friday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. and are
scheduled to arrive at the MassMutual Center at 6 p.m. The bus will return
to campus immediately following the game.”

Students were able to secure their spot by emailing Booster club by Thursday at noon.

ImageMy friends and I got our confirmations by Tuesday, and were excited for the game! We met the bus at McAnn Friday afternoon, and enjoyed the movie “Flight” on the bus ride. It was perfect timing, because the movie ended just as we were pulling up to the Mass Mutual Center.

We were greeted by a MAAC employee, who escorted us through the Mass Mutual Center to our own huge conference room, where we got free pizza, sandwiches, and drinks.  There were also plasma screens set up with Xbox games where students can play as Marist in basketball.

We also got a free T-shirt, and pom-poms, and Go Marist signs.  Ready for the game, we were shown to our own section in the arena.

It was amazing to see all the support and pride Marist College showed for our team. The band, cheerleaders, Dance Team and Shooter were there. I also waved and said hello to the President of Marist, Dr. Murray.


I screamed and cheered on the Men with my friends for the entire game.

It was a close and exciting game; Marist was tied 60 – 60 to Siena in the last few minutes.  Although Siena ended up winning, it was an awesome experience to a part of the Marist family rooting for our team.


The game was worth the trip to Massachusetts, even more so because it was FREE! Thanks Marist!


– Gina Rose Sirico

Marist ’13

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