Loyola kicks off hops season with “Late Night With The Hounds” Thursday

October 23, 2013 | WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams will be providing students, staff and fans with a sneak preview at Reitz Arena on Thursday, October 24, when they hold their third annual Late Night With the Hounds event.

Scheduled to run from 9:30 to 11 p.m., the event, which will be similar to the popular midnight madness opening-night practices held on college campuses around the country, is free and open to the public.

“This event has grown in popularity each year, and we are looking forward to opening the doors to Reitz Arena to Loyola students and our fans,” said Loyola Assistant Athletic Director for Sales and Marketing Scott Lowe. “It’s a great opportunity for our fanbase to interact with our student-athletes and coaches and to generate excitement about the upcoming seasons.”

The doors will open at 9:30 p.m. for “Late Night with the Hounds,” allowing early arriving spectators to participate in interactive games and contests with team members, win prizes and get the best seats. Prizes to be awarded courtesy of event sponsors include free burritos for a year from Qdboa, free books for a semester courtesy of the Loyola Superfans, more than $300 in gift cards and more surprises.

The event will feature a Chick-fil-A sandwich giveaway provided by the York Road/Cockeysville store for the first 100 students in the door, free meal cards from Qdoba Baltimore for the rest of the attendees, cheerleader and dance team performances, team introductions to a music and light show, team scrimmages, a dunking exhibition, interactive contests in which the students team up with players to compete for prizes and more. Player introductions will begin promptly at 10 p.m., and the event will conclude at approximately 11 p.m. Midnight Breakfast will be held for all students in attendance following the event in the Boulder Gardens Cafe.