Tickets for the inaugural Charleston Classic, an eight-team tournament being played at the College of Charleston's new Carolina First Center went on sale Monday, Sept. 15.
The event will include 12 games in three days, with six games being broadcast on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS). The Southern Conference, based in Spartanburg, S.C., will serve as the event’s sponsoring conference.
Fans can purchase tickets to all six sessions (12 games) for $150 each, or single-session tickets (two games) for $30 each. “Booster tickets” are also available for $90, allowing entrance to all three sessions (six games) involving the pre-designated team of choice. Tickets can be purchased at www.CharlestonClassic.com, or by telephone at the Carolina First Center box office at (843) 953-5479. Fans can purchase travel packages to the tournament by going to www.AnthonyTravel.com or by calling 1-800-736-6377.
The 2008 Charleston Classic field includes eight teams: College of Charleston, Clemson, East Tennessee State, Hofstra, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Temple, TCU and Western Michigan. Two of the teams, Clemson and Temple, played in the 2007-08 NCAA Tournament.
In the first round of action, beginning Friday, Nov. 14, TCU will take on Western Michigan in the first game to be played at Carolina First Center. Also in the first round, ETSU will face Temple, SIU-Edwardsville will meet College of Charleston, and Hofstra and Clemson will square off.
Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout the tournament will face off in a championship match Sunday, Nov. 16, at 4 p.m. ET on CSS. Complete matchups are listed below.
2008 Charleston Classic Schedule
(Home team listed second; College of Charleston will be home team in each of its games)
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri., Nov. 14
12:30 p.m. - Western Michigan vs. TCU
3 p.m. - East Tennessee State vs. Temple
7 p.m. - SIU Edwardsville vs. College of Charleston (CSS)
9:30 p.m. - Hofstra vs. Clemson (CSS)
Sat., Nov. 15
10:30 a.m. - Game #5
1 p.m. - Game #6
5:30 p.m. - Game #7 (CSS, delayed*)
8 p.m. - Game #8 (CSS)
Sun., Nov. 16
10:30 a.m. - Game #9 (7th/8th Place)
1 p.m. - Game #10 (4th/6th Place)
4 p.m. - Game #11 (Champion/2nd Place) (CSS)
6:30 p.m. - Game #12 (3rd/5th Place)
(*) Game will air on Charter Sports Southeast on Sat., Nov. 15, at 10 p.m. ET.
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