More than 600 alumni jumped at the chance to trade in long lines at the shopping malls for prime seats at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis during the Wooden Tradition, an exclusive four-team men’s basketball tournament the weekend after Thanksgiving. The term “courtside seats” took on new meaning for the former Musketeers as they poured into a floor-level club room before the game. The venue offered a sports bar atmosphere—with Converse shoe centerpieces on each table—and exclusive views of the team and cheerleaders filing out of the tunnels. Tickets in hand, the group then formed its own cheering section in the arena, where the Musketeers took on—but lost to—Indiana University.
“The best part of road trips and away games is going beforehand and seeing all our alumni out and about,” says Matt Tripepi, assistant director for alumni chapters. “It’s kind of like a home away from home whenever you’re on the road for a game and you know there will be Xavier people there.”
For information about upcoming events, visit the national alumni association web site at www.xavier.edu/alumni, or call 800 344-4698.