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Grand opening of Alaska Airlines Center kicks off in September with 10-day celebration

By KTVA Sports 4:17 PM July 15, 2014

The newest arena in town – the Alaska Airlines Center – is opening! A state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, the Alaska Airlines Center will be a game changer for the University of Alaska Anchorage and a great asset to the community. The UAA Department of Athletics, along with various other groups, will host a 10-day-long grand opening celebration to showcase the new facility in all its glory. Come join in this monumental step for UAA, and be a part of the first-ever series of remarkable events at the Alaska Airlines Center.


Thursday, Sept. 4

Golden Ticket VIP Event

4-7  p.m.

Free, must have Golden Ticket to attend

Meet at the Alaska Airlines Center for a special event just for “Golden Ticket” holders. Attendees will enjoy a VIP treatment, including a preview tasting of the Varsity Sports Grill menu and exclusive access to restricted areas of the Alaska Airlines Center. Golden Ticket holders also get a special swag bag full of goodies. Golden Ticket holders must present their tickets for admission.

Contact: Tlisa Northcutt – tanorthcutt@uaa.alaska.edu


Friday, Sept. 5

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting / SpringHill Suites Invitational Volleyball Tournament

4-7  p.m.

Free, open to the public    

Join the Alaska Airlines Center for its grand opening and ribbon cutting, along with special backstage tours of the facility. At 7 p.m., the Seawolf volleyball team takes the court to face LIU-Post in the annual SpringHill Suites Invitational.

Contact: Bridgett Dyson – blmackey@uaa.alaska.edu 


Saturday, Sept. 6

Youth Sports Day & Spirit Run

Run begins at 10 a.m.

Spirit Run Registration: Free for UAA students; $5 for general public

The UAA Spirit Run will wind through campus, starting and ending at the Alaska Airlines Center. Runners are encouraged to dress in green and gold, and food and refreshments will be provided following the event.

Contacts: Rachel Kampstra – rkampstra@uaa.alaska.edu (Spirit Run)
Rusty Osborne – coachoz@uaa.alaska.edu (Clinics)


Wednesday, Sept. 10

Taste of Alaska Charity Event

5-8 p.m.  

Admission: $10, plus a can of food

Join the Alaska Airlines Center for an evening of delicious dishes from around the state. Local vendors and restaurants will share favorite dishes, along with live chef demos and music.

Contact: Bobbi or Jim Olson – bobbi@gci.net or jim.olson@ubs.com


Thursday, Sept. 11

“Service Before Self”

6-9 p.m.  

Admission: Free, open to the public

“Service Before Self” is an evening dedicated to our Alaska first responders and military.  In honor of 9/11, the event will include a silent auction featuring the art of our first responders and military, as well as a blood drive held throughout the day.

Contact: Dede Allen – dmallen@uaa.alaska.edu


Friday, Sept. 12

Drive-In Movie & Food Truck Rodeo

Presented by the Alaska Airlines Center and Bear Tooth Theatrepub

5 p.m.-midnight

Admission: Free

The Alaska Airlines Center is excited to bring back the nostalgia of the drive-in movie with the style of the 21st century. The movie starts at 9 p.m., and local food trucks will be serving from 5 p.m. until midnight.

Contact: Brooke Shary – brooke.shary@spawnak.com


Saturday, Sept. 13

The Alabama Shakes

Presented by the UAA Concert Board with support from Alaska Airlines

7:30 p.m.

General Admission: $49.50 (on sale now)

Student Admission: $28 (on sale Aug. 20) – Must purchase at Alaska Airlines Center Box Office

Join us for the Alaska debut of the Grammy Award-winning Alabama Shakes at the Alaska Airlines Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Rachel Kampstra – rkampstra@uaa.alaska.edu


Sunday, Sept. 14


Anchorage’s first annual local music & art festival

1-11 p.m.

Tickets: Free from 1-6 p.m.

$10 after 7 p.m., $5 for UAA students – Alaska Airlines Box Office

The Howlapalooza Music and Arts Festival will feature more than 30 local musicians and over 10 hours of music, performances, food, art and more! All ages welcome.

Contact: Brooklyn Baggett – brooklyn.baggett@spawnak.com


For more information on events, and to purchase tickets, visit www.AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com.

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