The best news of the holidays for fans of Texas A&M basketball arrived on Dec. 5, 2013, when the Texas A&M women's basketball team released its “promotional schedule for the rest of the 2013-14 season, starting with the Holiday Hoops ticket promo that runs through Jan. 5.”
The gift of sponsors, Texas A&M Physicians Group, every Texas A&M men's and women's home basketball game between December 5th and January 8th, will have reduced General Admission prices as part of "Holiday Hoops." Tickets are reduced to see the Aggie Men for $5 and Aggie Women for $4. At these prices, you can entertain the entire family and plenty of parking is available (women’s games are free and there are coupons online for free parking for the men’s games. Again, is there a better deal in town?
A full list of promotions includes:
Dec. 7 – Washington – Holiday Hoops - Gary Blair Hall of Fame Banner Raising – Commemorative posters to the first 3,000 fans plus a postgame autograph session. The banner commemorates the induction of Aggie women's basketball head coach into the 2013 Hall of Fame.
Dec. 17 – Nicholls State – Holiday Hoops - Elementary School Day.
Dec. 28 – Louisiana Tech – Holiday Hoops - Junior Aggie Club Night
This is a program that was initiated by TAMU Women’s basketball but has now caught on with all the other sports. What better inspiration for your future NCAA athelete in training to grow up watching their heroes in Aggie Athletics? All Junior Aggie Club members will receive an official Kids Club t-shirt Personalized Membership Card; Free Admission to all women’s and men’s basketball games, baseball, soccer, volleyball, equestrian, tennis and swimming and diving. It’s only $25 to sign up. For more information click here.
Dec. 30 – Arkansas State - Holiday Hoops
Jan. 2 – UTEP - Holiday Hoops
Jan. 5 – Alabama - Holiday Hoops – SEC Opener
If you don’t have regular season tickets to the Aggie home basketball games, the public is encouraged to get theirs early because when other SEC teams play the Aggies, they travel by plane, train and auto to get here.
Jan. 19 – Mississippi State – Junior Yell Leader Clinic
Jan. 26 – Tennessee – We Back Pat. This is an evening that is related to “the Southeastern Conference in cooperation with its 14-member institutions announces the second'We Back Pa' Week, a week-long initiative focused on bringing awareness and recognition to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, a fund of East Tennessee Foundation, and its fight against Alzheimer’s disease.”
Even though the primary awareness week is during January 13-20, where SEC member institutions will support the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund during their home basketball games,” the Aggies are holding their event on Jan. 26 to coincide with the Tennessee Lady Volunteers playing the Aggies at home in Reed Arena. There is no question that Pat Summitt set a benchmark for coaches in women’s basketball than this great lady of dignity, intelligence and character, which evermore is reason to increase awareness of the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund.
Feb. 9 – LSU – BTHO Breast Cancer / Junior Aggie Club Day
This annual event means you can help “Pink Out” Reed Arena by purchasing pink Aggie women’s basketball shirts for $5.00 each (they’re sold for a few games in advance and that night at Reed Arena) and support Texas A&M women’s basketball supporting the fight against breast cancer.
Feb. 13 – Georgia - Olate Dog’s halftime performance
The Olate Dogs were 2012 winners of America’s Got Talent. You won’t want to miss this halftime, or the game by the way.
Feb. 23 – Kentucky – Bookmark Game – Postgame Autograph Session. If you saw last night's match-up between the University of Kentucky's No. 5 Lady Wildcats and Kim Mulkey's No. 9 Baylor Bears, the final score, was 133-130, after four overtimes. The Aggie women are up to the challenge but the game is sure to be a barnburner. Get your tickets early.
Feb. 27 – Arkansas – Senior Night
This particular evening is poignant as the players and family and friends who’ve supported them throughout their careers join the players courtside as the players receive special gifts commemorating their time at Aggieland. It’s so easy to forget all the hours of sacrifice that parents and other family support members give to get the Division-1 NCAA student-athletes to the points where they are qualified to play on junior varsity, and varsity squads in high school to the point of being recruited to join Texas A&M. By the time these Aggies hit senior night, they’ve been playing basketball for (a minimum of) eight years. And for many the hopes are that they can play beyond college. A simple standing ovation for the seniors and those who love and support them seems insufficient. A packed-to-the-rafters Reed Arena giving a standing ovation would be the best thank-you ever to the players.