Monday, February 2, 2009
UWG University of West Georgia Wolves fans will show their colors at the Paint It Blue contest against Valdosta State University’s Blazers on Saturday, Feb. 7 in The Coliseum. First class basketball players and plenty of star power will be on display at this annual West Georgia-Valdosta State rivalry.
The event has never lacked for color or intensity, and the Wolves plan to take their basketball teams’ royal blue color to a new level when the Blazers arrive for the GSC East Division double-header. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the first game begins at 5:30 p.m.
“We’re asking Wolves fans to wear West Georgia blue to the game,” said Eddie Duffey, West Georgia’s assistant athletic director for operations. “Our objective is to fill every seat in The Coliseum and to make it a sea of blue on all four sides of the arena.”
While supplies last, anyone wearing blue to the event will be given a commemorative royal blue wristband, and every fan will have an opportunity to have his or her hair dyed UWG Blue by professional stylists. Throughout the evening, blue-colored prizes will be given away and a half-time basketball toss may award one lucky fan a Palm Centro cell phone courtesy of Verizon Wireless.
The new Coliseum features comfortable stadium seating, food and beverage kiosks and a state-of-the-art scoreboard and sound system. The experience will transport fans from both schools to a new level of competition. Saturday’s Paint it Blue showdown is expected to pack the 6,800 seat venue in this exciting UWG-VSU clash.
“We are reaching out to all UWG students, faculty and staff,” said Duffey. “We are also wanting our alumni, fans and everyone in the West Georgia area to join us to make this a special night.”
The Wolves and Blazers will battle for first place in the GSC East Division as West Georgia and Valdosta State enter the week with identical 5-1 records in division play.
The women’s team, 14-5 on the season, is rated fifth in the season’s first NCAA Division II South Region Poll. On Saturday, the winning team will gain the inside track to the division title and top seed from the East in next month’s Gulf South Conference Tournament in Southaven, Miss.
The men’s game between the Wolves and Blazers will represent the 112th game in the series, making the UWG-VSU rivalry the longest running for both universities. Saturday’s action for the mens’ teams will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 678-839-6533.