CO Springs Sports Corp. hosts first-ever basketball tip-off luncheon

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The Colorado Springs Sports Corp. will host its first-ever basketball tip-off luncheon October 11 at the Wyndham Hotel. Denver Nuggets basketball president and head coach Dan Issel and United States Air Force Academy men’s basketball head coach Joe Scott will be featured with previews of the upcoming 2001-02 NBA and college basketball season.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon starting at noon. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Darryl Seibel, director of operations and strategic planning for the Sports Corp., expects between 200 and 300 attendees. All revenue will go into the Sports Corp. coffer to fund upcoming events and promotions in the region.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a luncheon specifically for basketball,” said Seibel. “We think there’s an interest in the sport in Colorado Springs. The coaches who will be featured at the luncheon are associated with teams on the rise. Both coaches really have their programs making significant strides and improvements.”

Both speakers are expected to talk about their upcoming season and what they are doing in their respective programs, said Seibel. Although the Nuggets have had a few difficult seasons, Issel implemented a new plan last season and expects to see a more competitive team this year.

Scott, who has been the USAFA basketball coach for one year, brought a new system of competitive play with him and expects to reap the benefits this year, said Seibel.

Later that day, the Nuggets will play the Seattle Supersonics in a pre-season game at the Colorado Springs World Arena beginning at 7 p.m. This is the first time they have played at the World Arena, but not in Colorado Springs. Previous pre-season games have been held at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The cost of tickets range from $13 to $104.50. The upper level ticket prices are $13 and $15 with lower level tickets costing between $18.50 to $25.50. VIP ticket prices are $79.50 for courtside ends and $104.50 for courtside and all VIP ticket prices include a jersey.