CSU Will Pack The House Wednesday During Special Basketball Doubleheader

CSU hosts North Florida in a Peach Belt Conference basketball double header Wednesday during a night packed with special events. Officials hope the night will pack the house and set an attendance record at the Lumpkin Center.

First and foremost, the night has been set aside to permanently honor the memory of Jed Bedford, the team's captain who suddenly collapsed and died last month. Jed's #22 jersey will be retired in a ceremony prior to the men's game. The night had been previously set aside as Pack the House Night, and with Jed's death, it has taken on a new significance.

Officials also will re-dedicate the huge flag displayed in the Lumpkin Center and will have many guests on hand from Blanchard Elementary School. We will have a special ceremony to show our appreciation for allowing CSU to display this special symbol of national pride and patriotism permanently in the Lumpkin Center.

Parking is expected to be at a premium, so car-pooling is suggested. Officials also encourage CSU staff and students to use parking lots throughout campus.

If all campus lots fill, then parking will move to Peachtree Mall in the area of CB &T and a shuttle will transport fans to the Lumpkin Center. There will be plenty of signage and personnel directing people where to park.

The game also will have the usual promotions for those in attendance, with CSU students having a chance at the Best Buy Best Seat in the House, and the Bill Heard Cadillac Shootout for campus organizations. There will also be a United Way/CSU Athletic Fund drawing for a large-screen TV to be given away at the final home game. Tickets are $1 and may be purchased at any game all season long.

The Cougar Heat dance team will perform for the final time in front of the home crowd before going to Orlando to compete in the UDA National Collegiate Open Dance Championships, as well.

Foxie 105 will also be on hand for a live remote beginning at 5 PM.

Tipoff for the women's game is a 5:30 PM against the #2- ranked Ospreys, with the men to follow about 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to CSU students, faculty and staff with university identification. For the public, adult tickets are only $5, children are $3.

For more information, contact Sports Information at(706) 569-3434.