BRISTOL, Tenn. – Solid Blue is back and will be in full effect inside the Student Center Complex this Wednesday, Feb. 6, when the men’s and women’s basketball teams host the Erskine Flying Fleet. This emerging King tradition allows masses of Tornado students, faculty, staff and fans to be treated to fun, freebies, exciting basketball and the chance to win a myriad of prizes during the doubleheader. The first of two games between the Fleet and Tornado begin at 5:30 p.m.
Students will be greeted at the Student Center with a collection of free gifts to help celebrate Solid Blue including the official 2013 Solid Blue t-shirt, hats, pom-poms, and rally towels to help show your school spirit (while supplies last). Fans will also be selected to participate in a halftime contest during the men’s game for the chance to win a $50 gift card to Mellow Mushroom, compliments of the Ball Corporation.
Solid Blue is now in its sixth year of existence at King and is a fast-growing tradition that students anxiously anticipate each year during basketball season. Solid Blue began during the 2006-07 basketball season and was previously known as “KC Nights” or “Midnight Madness” to some. Originally used to reunite former King basketball players, the event evolved into a student-organized activity to bring the campus together for a night of basketball and to rally behind its teams. It soon came to be known as Solid Blue, representing one of King’s two main colors. The annual event has become more and more spirited for the College and the Bristol community with each passing year.
The Tornado will welcome the Erskine Flying Fleet into the Student Center Complex for Wednesday’s basketball doubleheader, beginning at 5:30 p.m. when the women take the court to open the night’s festivities. The Lady Tornado (9-9, 5-9) defeated the Fleet earlier this season, 63-47, to start a three-game winning streak. The men (14-5, 9-4), ranked No. 25 by the NABC/NCAA Division II poll at the time, dropped a 77-61 decision to Erskine on Jan. 9 and look to avenge their loss after defeating nationally-ranked Barton College for a second time this year.
Admission for King Basketball is $5 and covers both the women’s and men’s games. King University students, faculty, and staff gain free admission with a valid student I.D. Live stats and video streaming are also available, free of charge, for Wednesday’s doubleheader at www.KingTornado.com.