Countdown to Excite Night Begins

Dec. 19, 2008

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The University of Kentucky gymnastics team begins their countdown to the 25th Annual Excite Night vs. Utah State on Sat., Jan. 10. The evening's festivities will kick off at 5:45 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum.

"Excite Night is so important because it is all the girls talk about is the first meet of the year," head coach Mo Mitchell said. "We love the fact that we have such a big crowd and it is so exciting for them because like any athlete you like to have people appreciate what you're doing. When they see six to seven thousand people in there and know these people are there to see them and appreciate what they're doing, it is just so huge for them because they can just feed off the crowd."

Excite Night brings in excellent gymnastics talent, an amazing atmosphere and thrilling moments for many fans in Central Kentucky. This year will be no different and will be presented in Hollywood Style vs. the Utah State Aggies. Catch your favorite movie titles and well-known music and dance moves from Blues Brothers and High School Musical to the Pirates of the Caribbean.

For the fourth consecutive season, the Wildcats expect this year's Excite Night to be the biggest and best in the history of the event. Last season, the Wildcats performed in front of a season-record crowd of 5,448 Big Blue fans. More than 4,000 fans have attended each of the past four Excite Nights, while 6,000 or more have been in attendance at two of the last three meets. The Wildcats, who finished last season 21st nationally, ended the year No. 10 in the nation in attendance.

The doors to the event open at 4:45 p.m. with activities beginning at 5:45 p.m. A star studded night begins with pre-meet special guest performances. Kentucky and Utah State square off at 6 p.m. Numerous UK prizes will be given away throughout the evening and the entire time will sign autographs following the meet.

Reserved tickets for Gymnastics events are $5.00 each, regardless of age. General Admission tickets are $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for Seniors and Youth. Tickets can be purchased by calling the ticket office at 1-800-928-2287. Tickets are also sold at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office on the night of the event. Group tickets (20+ people) are available by calling the ticket office in advance of the event.

For complete coverage of Kentucky gymnastics, please visit www.ukathletics.com .