Pitt's Dante Taylor at 2010 Fan Fest.
Oct. 17, 2011
PITTSBURGH--Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2011-12 Pitt Basketball team when it hosts its annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Fan Fest and Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Petersen Events Center. Presented by Starkist, The Fan Fest and Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair begins at 2:30 p.m., while tipoff for the Blue-Gold Scrimmage is at 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission and fans are urged to move close to the court. Free parking is available in the OC Lot beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Held in honor of the late Maggie Dixon, Coach Dixon's sister, Fan Fest and the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair will feature various fan-oriented events throughout the Petersen Events Center including an autograph session with members of the Pitt Basketball team beginning at 3 p.m. Attending individuals will also have the opportunity to learn about CPR and AED training, acquire free blood pressure and health screenings and access educational heart health displays. Fan Fest will also include appearances by the Pitt Cheerleaders and Pitt Dance Team, along with a live radio broadcast on 93.7 FM The Fan from 2-6 p.m. with John Seibel and former Pitt star Julius Page. Official Pitt merchandise will be on sale in the Panthers Team Store. Women's Basketball season tickets will also be on sale throughout the event and fans can sign up for the Pitt men's basketball season ticket waiting list.
Fan Fest is also sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, UPMC and Chevrolet.
For the second consecutive year, the Blue-Gold Scrimmage will be televised live on Pitt Panthers Television (Comcast Network Channels 188 or 210, depending on where viewers reside). Greg Linnelli and Coach Dixon will call action. Pitt's 15-player team will be split into two squads and the Panthers will play two 16-minute halves with normal media timeouts. Following the scrimmage, Pitt will stage a dunk contest.
It is the third year that the Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair will be held in Pittsburgh. Hosted annually at New York's Madison Square Garden, the Maggie Dixon Women's Basketball Classic and accompanying Heart Health Fair has become the nation's premier women's college basketball event. This year, the sixth annual event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 11 with St. John's and Baylor squaring off in the first contest and DePaul and Tennessee in the second.
Maggie Dixon was the vibrant, passionate and successful head coach of the Army Black Knights women's basketball team. In 2006, she guided her team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. Just weeks later, Maggie died suddenly due to an arrhythmia. She was only 28 years old.
Pitt's first exhibition game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 29 against La Roche College. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.
FAN FEST/MAGGIE DIXON HEART HEALTH FAIR/BLUE-GOLD SCRIMMAGE PRESENTED BY STARKIST SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, Saturday, October 22, 2011
Fan Fest/Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, 2:30 p.m.
Team Autographs, 3-4 p.m.
Blue-Gold Scrimmage, Tipoff at 5 p.m. (Pitt Panthers Television)
Dunk Contest, immediately following scrimmage
Admission is free.
Free parking is available in the OC Lot beginning at 1:30 p.m.
PRESEASON PITT BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
(all events held at the Petersen Events Center)
Blue-Gold Scrimmage/Fan Fest/Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2:30 p.m. (Pitt Panthers TV)
Men's Exhibition Game One: Pitt vs. La Roche, Saturday, Saturday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m. (Pitt Panthers TV)
Men's Exhibition Game Two: Pitt vs. Kentucky Wesleyan, Monday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. (Pitt Panthers TV)
Men's Regular Season Game One: Pitt vs. Albany, Friday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. (Pitt Panthers TV)