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The Atlantic Sun Conference and Mercer University will host the 2013 General Shale Atlantic Sun Conference Men's Basketball Championship at Hawkins Arena inside the University Center.
The 2013 A-Sun Tournament will be held March 6-9, with quarterfinal games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, March 6-7, semifinals on Friday, March 8, and the championship game on Saturday, March 9.
The 2013 A-Sun Men's Basketball Championship marks the 34th year that the league will host the championship.
The A-Sun Championship will be a four-day single-elimination tournament. Eight teams will compete in the championship and the participants will be determined by conference winning percentage. The winner of the tournament earns the A-Sun's automatic bid into the NCAA Championship.
HOST CITY - MACON, GEORGIA
Macon, Georgia is a Southern adventure that is sure to be good for your soul! The city's historic undertones harmonize for any family vacation, and Macon attractions and tours offer a look into the area's 17,000-year history. Hike through ancient Indian mounds and enter North America's only reconstructed earth lodge, or take in the state's largest collection of African-American art, history and culture. Stroll along the river or down wide avenues lined with art galleries, boutiques and architecture as diverse as the people who built it.
Visit the Macon Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site for more details by clicking here.
The University Center was opened in 2005 and vaulted Mercer to a position among not only the best, but most efficient, facilities for any university of its size. The beautiful facility provides not only a premiere venue for athletics competition, but also a centerpiece for Mercer's vibrant campus life. In the spring of 2012, the 3,200 seat main arena was renamed Hawkins Arena in response to a $1 million dollar donation by Macon cardiologist Dr. Chuck Hawkins and his wife, Kathy. Hawkins Arena is home to the Bears' men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball teams - is comprised of three main levels. The Bottom Level is home for Mercer's Athletics Department offices and meeting rooms. The Lower Level (arena floor level) is where you will find team and locker rooms for each of the Bears' programs, visiting team and officials locker areas, sports medicine offices and athletics training facilities, as well as the aquatics area. The Upper Level houses the ticket office, Board of Trustees meeting room, President's Dining Room, Bear Market (souvenir stand) and the Mercer Hall of Fame & Athletics Heritage displays (in the main foyer).
TICKET INFORMATION & SEATING CHART
To Order Tickets:
Online - MercerBears.com
Phone - 478/301-5470
At Mercer Athletic Ticket OfficeContact Phillip Banze, Ticket Manager
Phone - 478/301-5464; E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercer Athletic Box Office phone number: 478/301-5470
Directions to the University Center are available by clicking here.
Media planning to cover the 2013 championship should contact A-Sun Director of Public Relations Craig Threlkeld (email@example.com) to request credentials and parking passes.
A game program featuring rosters and information for each participating team will be available as well as statistical packets and individual team game notes prior to first round play. Updated statistics will be available daily for the remainder of the tournament. Post-game quotes, notes and final box scores will be distributed following each game.
Wireless internet access and electricity will be available in the media work area. Wireless Internet is available throughout the University Center. Copies and use of a Fax Machine will be made available upon request. For additional media information, contact Patrick McCoy (firstname.lastname@example.org / 478/474-3394).