Xavier University to celebrate Big East entry on July 1

CINCINNATI - Xavier University is celebrating its official entry into the Big East Conference with two events on July 1.

In addition, Mayor Mark Mallory will declare July 1 "Xavier University joins the Big East Day in Cincinnati."

Events include:

• Fountain Square Celebration, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.:  Musketeer Madness takes over the Square with a basketball pop-a-shot, soccer goals and a putting green with demos and tips from Xavier coaches and student athletes.  Mascots and cheerleaders will be on hand to turn the Square into a Xavier BIG EAST pep rally.  Giveaways will be available and prizes awarded.

• Xavier Night at the Cincinnati Reds:  Buy discounted tickets and participate in a Xavier parade around the field at Great American Ball Park prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants.  The parade begins at 6:20 p.m.  Xavier basketball coaches Chris Mack and Amy Waugh, along with Xavier mascots D'Artagnan and the Blub Blob, will be in the Reds' Fan Zone for photos and autographs.

Tickets are $15.75 for exclusive seating in the right field Moon Deck. Tickets are limited and on sale now through June 21.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit http://www.xavier.edu/reds.

The new, basketball-centric Big East officially begins operations July 1 with 10 private schools. The others are Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall and Villanova.

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