Saluki snowflake ornament

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Saluki Athletics is hosting not one, but two events at the Banterra Center this holiday season and everyone is invited!

The Dec. 22 men's basketball game against Southern Indiana is being billed as an “Egyptian Blizzard” with a special Rockettes-style halftime dance performance by the Saluki Spirit teams and fake snow that will transform the arena into a winter wonderland.

The Dec. 30 game against UIC will be the second annual New Year's Eve Saluki Bash, with another record-breaking balloon drop at halftime and a festive atmosphere ringing in the new year.

Best of all, ticket prices are reduced so everyone can attend. A limited number of $1 tickets for both matches will be available from 7 a.m. today. When they run out, new sales will appear every day. Promotional codes will be activated every day at 7:00 a.m. Polish time and will be valid until all codes are sold out.

Thursday, December 7: $1 tickets (enter promo code “ONE”) – December 22: SOLD OUT, December 30: SOLD OUT

Friday, December 8: $2 tickets (enter promo code “TWO”) – December 22: SOLD OUT, December 30: SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 9: $3 tickets (enter promo code “THREE”)

Monday, December 11: $4 tickets (enter promo code “FOUR”)

Tuesday, December 12: $5 Tickets (Enter Promo Code “FIVE”) – Get a ticket to any December basketball game for just $5 – December 12 vs. Austin Peay, December 19, vs. North Dakota State, December 22, vs. Southern Indiana, December 12. 30 vs. UIC

Wednesday, December 13: 50% off select lower bowl seats, includes $5 drink coupon (enter promo code “FIFTY”)

Blizzard of Egypt (vs. Southern Indiana, December 22, 6 p.m.)

  • Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Artificial snow machines will turn the Banterra Center into a winter wonderland
  • A special Rockettes-style halftime dance performance by the Saluki Spirit bands
  • Free Saluki-themed Christmas ornament for the first 2,500 fans
  • Santa Claus will appear with gifts for children
  • Special holiday drink options (Jack Frost, Jingle Juice, Winter Sangria)
  • Fans are encouraged to wear white as the game is billed as SIU's annual White Out competition.

Second Annual Saluki Bash (vs. UIC, December 30 at 6 p.m.)

  • We'll break records again by performing the largest halftime balloon drop in Southern Illinois history
  • Festive New Year discounted products such as rum punch and champagne punch
  • A key early season clash between two of the top contenders in the Missouri Valley Conference

Fans must purchase discounted tickets online at by entering the designated promotional code. There is a limit of eight tickets per order and a $4 service fee will be added to each order.



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