Saluki Men’s Basketball announces “Blizzard of Egypt” game on Dec. 22 and second-annual “Saluki Bash” on Dec. 30 – Southern Illinois University Athletics

Saluki Men’s Basketball announces “Blizzard of Egypt” game on Dec. 22 and second-annual “Saluki Bash” on Dec. 30 – Southern Illinois University Athletics

Saluki snowflake ornament

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Saluki Athletics is throwing not just one, but two parties at the Banterra Center this holiday season, and everyone’s invited!

The Dec. 22 men’s basketball matchup versus Southern Indiana is being billed as the “Blizzard of Egypt” with a special halftime Rockettes-style dance performance by the Saluki Spirit teams and artificial snow machines that will turn the arena into a winter wonderland.

The Dec. 30 game versus UIC will be the second-annual New Year’s Saluki Bash, with another record-setting balloon drop at halftime and a festive atmosphere to ring in the new year.

Best of all, ticket prices are being slashed to make it affordable for everyone to attend. Starting at 7 a.m. today, a limited supply of $1 tickets to both games will be made available for purchase. When those are gone, new sales will be released on a daily basis. Promo codes will be activated at 7 a.m. CT each day, and will last until all are sold.

Thursday, Dec. 7: $1 tickets (enter promo code “ONE”)

Friday, Dec. 8: $2 tickets (enter promo code “TWO”)

Saturday, Dec. 9: $3 tickets (enter promo code “THREE”)

Monday, Dec. 11: $4 tickets (enter promo code “FOUR”)

Tuesday, Dec. 12: $5 tickets (enter promo code “FIVE”) – Buy a ticket to any December basketball game for only $5 — Dec. 12 vs. Austin Peay, Dec. 19 vs. North Dakota State, Dec. 22 vs. Southern Indiana, Dec. 30 vs. UIC

Wednesday, Dec. 13: 50% off select lower bowl seats, includes a $5-off drink coupon (enter promo code “FIFTY”)

Blizzard of Egypt (Vs. Southern Indiana, Dec. 22 at 6 PM)

  • Dreaming of a White Christmas? Artificial snow machines will turn the Banterra Center into a winter wonderland
  • Special halftime Rockettes-style dance performance by the Saluki Spirit teams
  • Free Saluki-themed holiday ornament to the first 2,500 fans
  • Santa Claus will make an appearance with giveaways for the kids
  • Specialty holiday drink options
  • Fans are encouraged to wear white, as the game is billed as SIU’s annual White Out contest.

Second-Annual Saluki Bash (Vs. UIC, Dec. 30 at 6 PM)

  • We’ll break records again with the largest balloon drop in Southern Illinois history during halftime
  • Festive New Year’s concession items, such as champagne, sparkling wine, holiday punch, winter sangria, cranberry 
  • A key, early-season showdown between two, top Missouri Valley Conference contenders

Fans must purchase the discounted tickets on-line at SIUSalukis.com/promo by entering the designated promo code. There is an eight-ticket limit per order, and a $4 service charge will be added to each order.

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