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Snow, ice and slush getting you down? Get over to the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC) on Saturday, February 8th for the annual Big Purple Growl. Celebrate the "Dog (Danes, of course!) Days" of winter.

This 6th annual event is an exciting combination of food and fun sure to chase those winterBig Purple Growl Cheerleader blues away. The Growl includes an action-packed night of basketball -- the women’s team takes on the University of Maine at 5:00 p.m. The men’s team tips off at 7:30 p.m. Go Danes!

Throughout the evening there will be special activities, featuring the UAlbany pep squad, cheerleaders and dance team, plus promotions and giveaways. Look for a jam contest; musical performances by The Earth Tones, Serendipity and Eye 2 Eye; a spirit contest; a "shoot for tuition;" a free throw contest with President Hitchcock and so much more!

Alumni, faculty/staff, community members and their families can enjoy a pre- or post-game Ferocious Feast in the RACC’s Hall of Fame Room from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Lots of luscious food – giant turkey legs, pasta, salads, scrumptious desserts and more.

Kids can check out the Puppy Pound located on the court level. It’s loaded with free Big Purple Growl Men's Basketball Playersentertainment, including a bouncy-bounce, basketball shoot, the Amazing Mr. Twisty, a golf putt-putt and much more.

For alumni, faculty/staff & community members, our Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast package includes admission to the Feast, Puppy Pound and the men’s and women’s games. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for children 7-12 and free for children 6 and under. Feast-only tickets are available for season ticket holders. The cost is $16 for adults, $12 for children 7-12, free for children 6 and under. Attendees will also receive a special giveaway.

To purchase tickets for the men’s and/or women’s basketball games only, please call (518) 442-DANE or e-mail the box office. Game tickets are $6 at the door for bleacher seating and $8 for chairbacks. Special prices for groups of 15 or more also are available.

If you are an alumnus or friend of the University and work with a children’s’ organization, we’re pleased to offer you a special package --The UAlbany Dog Days of Winter. This package includes your game ticket, a hot dog and a soda – all for $5. For details, call 442-DANE. Reservations must be made in advance.

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