Syracuse Basketball Announces Wegmans Monroe Madness Event in Rochester

The Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball teams host “Monroe Madness” in Rochester on Friday, October 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena at Rochester War Memorial.


The event, for fans in the Rochester to Syracuse area, is presented in partnership with Pegula Sports and Entertainment and with Wegmans as presenting sponsor.


“A big thank you to our friends at Pegula Sports and Entertainment and Wegmans for making this possible,” the Syracuse athletic director said. John Wildhack. “We are thrilled for our Rochester area fans, who are incredibly passionate about the Orange, to have this unique opportunity to see our men’s and women’s basketball teams play in the downtown Blue Cross Arena. We are aiming to have more Orange Athletics events in the Monroe County and Rochester area moving forward.”


“We are thrilled to partner with Syracuse Athletics to bring this event to downtown Rochester and Blue Cross Arena at War Memorial,” said Robert Minter, vice president of business operations for Blue Cross Arena. “Continuing to host exciting new events here at the arena is one of our top priorities to showcase all that downtown has to offer. We look forward to a fun night and the continued growth of a new partnership. tremendous.”



THE EVENT: Monroe Madness will feature an evening of basketball-themed events, including scrimmages, shooting competitions and a chance to see this year’s men’s and women’s teams.


Both teams will conduct inter-squad scrums, both teams will join to compete in a 3-point shooting contest, and the men’s program will have a dunk contest. There are also plans for an interactive fan contest.



SYRACUSE BASKETBALL: Member of the Hall of Fame Jim Boeheim ’66 is in his 47e season as head coach of his alma mater. Boeheim squad includes returning starters Jesse Edwards at center and guard Joe Girard. Monroe Madness also offers a great opportunity to see Syracuse’s freshman women’s coach Felisha Legette-Jack ’89 and his new team. One of the most successful in Orange hoop history, Legette-Jack returned to Syracuse after a highly successful tenure as head coach at Buffalo.



TICKETS: Tickets are on sale now at the Blue Cross Arena box office for $10, $15, $25 and $35. A few court side seats will also be made available for $50. Groups of 20, including youth groups, can purchase tickets for just $12 each on the lower level and groups of 100 can purchase tickets for $5 each. Tickets are also available on line


If you or your organization cannot attend the event but would like to support United Way of Rochester by giving young Orange fans the opportunity to see the team in person, group tickets can be bought and donated. For more information, please contact the Blue Cross Arena box office at 585-454-5335.



SUITES: Suites are available for rental for the Monroe Madness event. For more information, please call Chad Buck at (585) 286-9951.



FUTURE EVENT SYRACUSE: Syracuse basketball programs are also planning the annual JMA Wireless Dome event for fans on Friday, October 14. Further details are to be announced.


Joseph K. Bennett