KINGSTON, R.I. – All fans are invited to Rhody Madness at the Ryan Center Friday night, as the 2017-18 basketball season kicks off with the free event. The first 1,500 fans arriving will receive free Rhody Madness t-shirts along with free food for the event, which beings at 7 p.m.
The defending Atlantic 10 men's basketball champions and the women's team both will be introduced. In addition, players and coaches from both teams will participate in a variety of festivities alongside randomly chosen throughout the evening.
Notable festivities for the evening include:
- Air Elite Dunk Act as seen in the motion picture Trainwreck
- Simon Sez with professional caller Steve Max
- Music by Rhode Island's own DJ Screw Loose
- The Lexus Half-Court Shot for a free 2-year lease from Lexus of Warwick
- Dunk Contest with a youthful twist
- Hot Shot contest
- Lip Sync Battle
- Performances from the Rhody Pep Band, cheerleaders and Ramettes
- Free food and beverages from Moe's Southwest Grill, Twisted Pizza and Coca Cola
Doors for the free event open at 6 p.m. Both the men's and women's basketball teams play season openers as part of a doubleheader at the Ryan Center on Friday, Nov. 10. The women host UMass Lowell at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game against UNC Asheville as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off at 7:30 p.m.