First Niagara Sneak Preview Set for Thursday, September 23

Aug. 18, 2010

Capital Region basketball fans will have the opportunity to meet the 2010-11 Siena Saints, check out the redone Times Union Center, pick out their season tickets and win great prizes all while enjoying a complimentary reception featuring extensive dining options and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at the annual First Niagara Sneak Preview Thursday, September 23 at the Times Union Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

A Cartier watch, courtesy of Northeastern Fine Jewelry, will be randomly awarded at the event to one lucky fan who RSVPs at the Official Siena Saints Facebook page.

Fans can take advantage of great season ticket offers at the event as well. Prices starting at just $110 for the 15-game home schedule, which many consider to be the most intriguing in program history. Available season tickets will be tagged and representatives will be on hand to discuss seating options and ticket specials, including deep discounts for young alumni.

Fans may enter through the Pearl Street entrance.

The excitement surrounding the Siena men's basketball program is at an all-time high. The Saints won the MAAC Championship each of the last three years, advancing to the NCAA Tournament each time where they won First Round games in 2008 and 2009.

New head coach Mitch Buonaguro and veteran women's head coach Gina Castelli will address the crowd. The men's and women's teams will also attend to meet with fans.

The Siena men recently released their non-conference schedule which features home games with National Runner-Up Butler, ACC power Georgia Tech, crosstown rival UAlbany and an ESPNU BracketBusters game against a yet-to-be determined opponent February 19.

Men's season tickets can be purchased in advance of the event available by contacting Maggie Zmuda in the Times Union Center Box Office at 518-487-2281 or through e-mail at For more information, CLICK HERE



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