MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The countdown clock for 2013 Memphis Madness, presented by Ashley Furniture HomeStore, is winding down quickly, and the anticipation is building for the annual Tigers basketball preseason celebration at FedExForum Friday, Oct. 18.
Doors for Memphis Madness open at 6:30 p.m. (CT), with the on-the-court program to start around 7:30 p.m. (CT). The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. (CT) with entertainment from the Tigers cheerleader and pom squads, the Mighty Sound of the South and a live DJ on FedExForum’s outdoor plaza.
Autograph vouchers will be given to the first 1,000 fans entering the arena that night, and the men’s squad will sign autographs from approximately 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. (CT).
After the autograph session ends, the attention turns inside the arena where the Tigers’ redesigned homecourt will be unveiled around 7:45 p.m. (CT). The women’s squad introductions will take place around 7:50 p.m. (CT), followed by the men’s team introductions at 8:05 p.m. (CT).
Once the team introductions are complete, the schedule features a Tigers dunk contest and scrimmage. Two additional contests – Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s Half-Court Shot and Wing Stop’s Wing Eating – will include participation from Tigers fans.
Special entertainment also is scheduled for Memphis Madness.
Another reminder for fans is that a limited number of free tickets for Memphis Madness are available at any four of the Memphis-area Ashley Furniture HomeStores. Those picking up tickets at Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations are limited to four per person or a total of 8 per household. Tickets can be picked up the Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations through Oct. 16.
There also will be a limited number of tickets at FedExForum’s box office Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18.
Below is an abbreviated schedule of events for Memphis Madness (times are Central and approximate):
4:30 pm – Live DJ on outdoor plaza
5 pm – Memphis spirit squads on outdoor plaza
5:30 pm – Mighty Sound of the South on outdoor plaza
6:30 pm – DOORS OPEN; Autograph session begins
7:15 pm – Autograph session ends
7:45 pm – New floor unveiling
7:50 pm – Women’s team introductions
8:05 pm – Men’s team introductions
8:25 pm – Men’s dunk contest
8:50 pm – Men’s scrimmage (10 minutes)
9:05 pm – Event ends