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Tech Moves First Basketball Exhibition to Georgia Dome

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team has moved the site of its first exhibition game, Nov. 7 against the California All-Stars, off-campus to the Georgia Dome. Tip-off time for the game is 7:30 p.m.

Tech director of athletics Dave Braine and head basketball coach Paul Hewitt believe playing a game in the Dome will benefit the Yellow Jackets since the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball tournament also is being held in the building on Mar. 8-11, 2001.

Tech agreed to move the game from Alexander Memorial Coliseum in part because the Georgia Dome, as the host facility for the 2001 NCAA South Regional basketball tournament, is required by the NCAA host a college basketball game in the venue during the season that it hosts a regional tournament. In effect, the game is a test event for the Georgia Dome.

The game will provide Tech with its first outside competition under Hewitt, who became the Jackets’ head coach in April.

“We agreed to do this mainly because it will give our team some exposure to the facility and the playing floor prior to the ACC Tournament,” said Hewitt. “And we are happy to help the Georgia Dome satisfy the requirement to host a game.”

Tickets for the game, which are $14, go on sale Monday, October 2. They can be purchased through the Georgia Tech ticket office at 1-888-TECH-TIX or through the Georgia Dome ticket office at 404-223-8428. Tickets also may be purchased online through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 404-249-6400.

Tech will utilize an open-seating policy for this game, meaning there will be no reserved seats. Georgia Tech season ticket holders, who will have tickets to the game as part of their package, will be able to use them for admission to the game at the Dome.

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