USF watch party

When: 6:30 p.m.Where: The USF Sun DomeFree admission with valid USF ID

Despite being in Piscataway, New Jersey – which is more than 1100 miles away – for their Big East showdown with the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights, the Bulls are still causing a frenzy on campus. Tonight, the Sun Dome will open for a USF watch party.

“Bulls Frenzy” is a student watch party that is garnering big attention on campus, as well as around the country. The Sun Dome will open at 6:30 tonight and will be covered by both local and national media outlets. FOX 13 will have hourly updates beginning at 5 to show the event on their evening news. On a national level, ESPN will have cameras in the Sun Dome and feature live cut-ins of the action to all viewers watching at home.

USF students and fans will also be able to participate in interactive activities with both the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Students will not only be introduced to the teams, but also will be allowed to participate in games with them on the basketball court. T-shirts and other items will be given away at the watch party.

The USF football team has brought national exposure of the University to unprecedented heights. One person enjoying the benefits of such high exposure is men’s basketball coach Stan Heath.

“The exposure created by the football team has opened a lot of doors,” Heath said. “It is a great conversation piece, and we are trying to utilize that the best way we can.”

Heath is also hopeful that the buzz surrounding the football team will carry over into basketball season, which begins with a home exhibition game against Saint Leo on Oct. 31.

“I think there is a very good chance for carryover into the basketball season,” Heath said. “When the University starts to come together like this, it makes for an exciting environment on campus. The games become more like big social gatherings.”

Students must bring a valid USF ID to the Sun Dome, and may bring friends and family to the watch party. In addition to free T-shirts, there will be a limited amount of free food available.