Hip Hop Artist Soulja Boy Headlines Maroon Madness On October 12th

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COLLEGE STATION -- Popular hip-hop recording artist Soulja Boy will be the guest performer at Maroon Madness 2007 presented by Rudy’s BAR-B-Q on Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. at Reed Arena. The event tips off the start of practice for the nationally-ranked Texas A&M men’s and women’s basketball teams. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Admission is free but tickets are required. A&M students with valid university ID will be allowed to pull two (2) tickets on Monday and Tuesday. Season ticket holders will be contacted by the 12th Man Foundation regarding advance tickets. For more information, season ticket holders can logon to www.12thmanfoundation.com.

All remaining tickets are general admission and will be available to the public beginning on Wednesday at the 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at Kyle Field, the Reed Arena Box Office and Rudy’s BAR-B-Q in College Station. Tickets are limited to two (2) per person. Fans unable to attend the event can watch worldwide on Aggies All Access via www.AggieAthletics.com.

The 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at Kyle Field will be open on Monday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and for the remainder of the week from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The Reed Arena Box Office will be open on Monday and Wednesday from noon-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Soulja Boy (www.souljaboytellem.com) will perform his No. 1 smash single, “Crank Dat” along with other musical selections. Each team will be introduced with a short highlight video. The women’s team will open up the night’s festivities with a skills exhibition, while select members of the men’s team will compete in a slam dunk contest. Both teams will also face off in a two-ball competition.

First-year men’s coach Mark Turgeon welcomes back three starters from last season’s NCAA Sweet 16 team, along with a nationally-ranked recruiting class. A&M is led by senior Joseph Jones, a preseason All-America candidate, senior Dominique Kirk and junior Josh Carter. Carter led the nation in three-point percentage last season.

Led by fifth-year women’s coach Gary Blair, the defending Big 12 Conference champions return all five starters from a year ago including All-Big 12 performers A’Quonesia Franklin, Morenike Atunrase, Takia Starks, Danielle Gant and La Toya Micheaux. Tabbed as a preseason top 10 favorite by several national publications, the Aggies are coming off a 25-7 campaign and their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

TICKET OFFICE HOURS AND LOCATIONS

Monday, Oct. 8 (Texas A&M Students Only)

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at Kyle Field

12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Reed Arena Box Office

Tuesday, Oct. 9 (Texas A&M Students Only)

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at Kyle Field

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Reed Arena Box Office

Wednesday, Oct. 10

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at Kyle Field

12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. – Reed Arena Box Office

Rudy’s BAR-B-Q (College Station)

Thursday, Oct. 11

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at Kyle Field

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Reed Arena Box Office

Rudy’s BAR-B-Q (College Station)

Friday, Oct. 12

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – 12th Man Foundation Ticket Center at Kyle Field

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Reed Arena Box Office

Rudy’s BAR-B-Q (College Station)