MAUI, Hawaii - Remaining school Booster Tickets for the 23rd annual EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Hosted by Chaminade University, which will feature the University of Oklahoma, will go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 8 a.m. Hawaii time (1 p.m. Central time).
Booster Tickets are good for entry to all three tournament games in which the particular school will participate. Tickets can be purchased via the official tournament Web site at http://www.mauiinvitational.com, and through Oahu Travel, the official tournament travel agency, at (800) 826-3822. All-Tournament Tickets are sold out as well as Booster Tickets for Kentucky and Purdue.
In addition, Monday Single Game General Admission Tickets and remaining Courtside Booster Ticket Packages will go on sale (Kentucky and Purdue are sold out). Courtside Booster Tickets are good for entry to all three of a particular team's tournament games along with a ticket good for the Stadium Club, an exclusive catered area featuring food and beverage, table seating and television access.
Also available are tickets for the tournament's Tip-Off Banquet, a night of entertainment showcasing all eight head coaches on the Sunday before tip-off, as well as space for the 3rd Annual EA SPORTS Maui Golf Invitational, contested on Sunday, Nov. 19 as well. During the golf competition, players from each of the eight participating schools will battle for the Booster Cup and bragging rights at Ka'anapali's Tournament North Course. Visit the Web site's "Tickets & Travel" section for more special event information.
The 2006 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational features the talents of Oklahoma, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, Purdue, UCLA and host Chaminade in the nation's premier early-season college basketball tournament. The 23rd edition of the highly anticipated eight-team, season-launching event takes center court at Maui's Lahaina Civic Center Nov. 20-22, with ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network that debuted last year, combining to offer live coverage of all 12 games, marking the second consecutive year that every tournament game will be televised nationally.
At a glance, the 2006 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational features a duo - one that could potentially square off in a second-round game - that leads the nation in number of NCAA titles: UCLA blazes the trail with a record 11 national championships, while Kentucky, college basketball's all-time winningest program, is close behind with seven national titles; former national runners-up Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, Purdue and UCLA; four 2006 NCAA tournament participants (Oklahoma, Kentucky, Memphis, UCLA); and 2006 national runner-up UCLA and Elite Eight contender Memphis.
EA SPORTS, the world's leading interactive entertainment software maker, enters its sixth year as title sponsor of the Maui Invitational.
Other tournament sponsors include the Maui Visitors Bureau, County of Maui Department of Parks and Recreation and Hawaii Tourism Authority. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Sheraton Maui Resort and Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, all from the beautiful Ka'anapali Beach resort area, serve as host hotels for the thousands of boosters who annually accompany their teams to Maui. KemperSports, the Northbrook, Ill.-based sports marketing and events firm, has operated the tournament since 1990.
For up-to-the-minute tournament schedule, ticket and general information, visit the official EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Web site at http://www.mauiinvitational.com.