Today's side deal grants you a $6 general-admission ticket to the State Farm Holiday Hoops Classic women's college-basketball tournament, hosted at KeyArena on December 29 and 30 (an $18 value). You get your choice of the following two dates:
- December 29: Gonzaga vs. Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m.; Seattle University vs. Loyola Marymount at 7:00 p.m.
- December 30: Loyola Marymount vs. Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m.; Seattle University vs. Gonzaga at 7:00 p.m.
Either option is good for both games on the same day, but those wishing to attend both days of the tourney must purchase two Groupons—one for each date. Marvel at quickly squeaking sneakers and deft passes as these top-notch athletes vie for festive victory. Gonzaga and Notre Dame both advanced to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16, while Loyola Marymount and Seattle University boast distinguished coaches and impressive programs.
More than 50 Yelpers give KeyArena, the home of the State Farm Holiday Hoops Classics, a 3.5-star average:
Seattle University Athletics
Since the 1950s, the Seattle University Athletics program has been all over the collegiate athletic landscape, leaving their post as a vaunted member of the NCAA Div. I for the NAIA in the 1970s, where they stayed until the fall of 2002, when they entered the NCAA Div. II. Though the school’s history chronicles periods of turbulence, it also encompasses a laundry list of indelible athletes; basketball Hall of Fame inductee Elgin Baylor led the Redhawks to an NCAA Championship game in 1958, and tennis star Tom Gorman was twice selected as an NCAA All-American, paving the way to a pro career in which he attained a top-10 worldwide ranking. In its relatively brief time in the NCAA Div. II, the Redhawks have won two NCAA titles in men’s swimming and one men’s soccer championship, for which the team was awarded rights to the Seattle Space Needle.
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