George Mason to participate in 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase

george masonGeorge Mason will head to Southwest Florida for Thanksgiving break in November to participate in the 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase. The fourth-annual tournament features 12 games over three days, November 21-23 in Germain Arena. Mason will open the tournament on Monday, Nov.21, facing Houston at 7:30 p.m.

The eight-team field features Bradley, George Mason, Hofstra, Houston, Kent State, South Dakota, Vermont and Wofford. Houston is coming off a 22-win campaign and a third-place finish in the American Athletic Conference. Pairings and the tournament schedule were released on Friday by the event’s organizer, bd Global.

The complete schedule for Monday is as follows:
11 a.m. ET – Vermont vs. Wofford
1:30 p.m. ET – Hofstra vs. Bradley
5:00 p.m. ET – Kent State vs. South Dakota
7:30 p.m. ET – Houston vs. George Mason

Game times for Tuesday and Wednesday will be the same with semifinal games on Nov. 22 at 5:00/7:30 p.m. Wednesday’schampionship game will tip at 7:30 p.m.

For the second straight year, the tournament will support the Golisano Children’s Hospital of

Southwest Florida. The hospital is the only children’s hospital between Tampa and Miami and provides vital health care for the region’s sick and injured children and their families. The hospital currently boasts a 98-bed inpatient facility located within HealthPark Medical Center in south Lee County. Construction is currently underway on a new facility set to open in early 2017. The new building will provide 300,000 square feet of space, 128 pediatric and NICU beds with space to expand to 160 beds, a 17-bay emergency department, a freestanding pediatric pharmacy and in hospital school classroom. The final round of fundraising is on-going with the $100 million goal close to being met.


Ticket and Fan Travel Information

Tickets for the 2016 Gulf Coast Showcase are on-sale now at or through Ticketmaster. All-Tournament passes for either the men’s tournament or women’s tournament are available for $74, $99 or $149 per tournament. Single session tickets, ranging from $10 General Admission to $45 Courtside for each two-game session, will go on-sale later this summer.

Each day of the tournament will feature an afternoon session (starting at 11 a.m.) and evening session (5 p.m.) and tickets will be good for both games of a given session.

Fan travel information, including preferred hotel rates at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, is available on


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