Details of UConn men's, women's basketball teams' First Night festivities announced

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Who'll pick the better team — Andre Jackson or Paige Bueckers?

UConn students and basketball season ticket-holders will find out at First Night festivities on Friday, Oct. 14 at Gampel Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Jackson will serve as White Team captain and Bueckers as Blue Team captain, and the two will choose sides in a draft between UConn men's and women's players to compete throughout the event. First Night will include player introductions, a student halfcourt shot for $10,000, a 3-point contest and dunk contest with guest judges.

For the second straight year, First Night will be limited  only to students and season ticket-holders, who will be able to claim a select number of tickets to the event. First Night will stream free through FloSports.

Prior to the event, a block party will be held on Jim Calhoun Way outside of Gampel.


2 p.m.: Students can begin lining up at the North and East Entrances of Gampel Pavilion

5 p.m.: Block Party begins

6 p.m.: Doors Open

6:45 p.m.: Show Begins

7 p.m.: First Night Officially Begins


Claims for UConn students will open on this Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 9:30 p.m. through the Tickets tab on the Top Dogs Student Rewards app or at

The season ticket holder claim will open this Thursday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Season ticket holders can claim a ticket through their UConn Ticket Account (

Tickets for both students and season ticket holders are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Seating for the event is general admission.


UConn students who have claimed a mobile ticket can enter Gampel Pavilion through the East and North Entrances. Season ticket holders will enter through the South Entrance. No re-entry will be allowed.

The first 300 students in line at the North or East Entrance will receive a wristband for floor-access to the event.


Beginning at 5 p.m., the general public and UConn students are invited to gather outside Gampel Pavilion for a block party. The block party will feature food trucks, carnival games, photobooth, live DJ and more. @DaveBorges