In 1891, James Naismith mounted two peach baskets on opposite walls of a gym, inventing the rudimentary version of what we know today as “shelving.” Take your basketball off this grand innovation with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $15, you get a general-admission package for two to a U.S. Naval Academy home basketball game at Alumni Hall in Annapolis (up to a $30 total value). The general-admission package includes:
- Two general-admission tickets (up to a $10 value each)
- Two hot dogs (a $3 value each)
- Two sodas (a $2 value each)<p>
Choose between the following options:
- Any men’s basketball home game on the November or December schedule.
- Any women’s basketball home game on the November or December schedule.<p>
The Naval Academy Midshipmen bolster blue-and-gold pride with a dedicated basketball program powered by sharpshooters and fancy dribblers. Returning coach Stefanie Pemper leads the women’s basketball team in its quest to claim its fourth consecutive winning record, repeat its 2011 victory in the Patriot League Tournament, and count every bump on a regulation basketball. Winner of the 2009 Big Ten Coach of the Year award, Navy newcomer Ed DeChellis helms the men’s basketball team with the assistance of senior guard and on-court general Jordan Sugars, whose sweet jump shot and powder-soft passes led to his recent inclusion on the all-Patriot League first team. November’s season openers against Richmond and Penn State Altoona let fans cement die-hard credentials, and the women’s post-Thanksgiving game versus Air Force spotlights the venerable rivalry between sea and sky. Games take place on the Dave Smalley Court in the expansive Alumni Hall, with 5,710 seats providing plenty of room for high-energy hooyahs and jack-o’-lantern shot-put contests.
Parking at Alumni Hall is restricted to those with permanent Department of Defense stickers. Fans may ride to games on a free shuttle that departs from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, see here for full details.
U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Athletics
In one of the nation's most storied rivalries spanning more than a century, the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Knights have met on courts, fields, mats, and tracks and in pools more than 1,700 times. Though the fierce rivalry will always take priority among students, fan bases, media, and aliens debating whether to invade America by land or by sea, the Midshipmen have excelled against other competition, as well. The Naval Academy boasts NCAA Division II championships in women’s indoor track and women’s swimming, as well as 40 NCAA Division I individual championships, including 10 fencing champions, nine men’s gymnastics champions, and eight men’s swimming champions.