On Sunday, Dec. 6, the Appalachian State basketball team will travel to the Big Apple to play Hofstra University at the Madison Square Garden.
The Sunday showdown will mark the Mountaineers first-ever appearance at Madison Square Garden, which is considered the most famous arena in the world.
“Playing at Madison Square Garden will be an incredible experience,” App State head coach Jim Fox, a Levittown, N.Y. native, said, earlier this summer when the 2015-16 schedule was released.
Former Appalachian State coach and fellow New Yorker Bobby Cremins also chimed in, saying that he thought it was great that App State is playing at The Garden.
“It’s the Mecca of college basketball. The players should have a great New York experience and it will be a great homecoming for Coach Fox,” Cremins said. “I will always remember the first time that I coached there and it is truly a special feeling for somebody from New York.”
The month of December will test the Mountaineers, who are 3-4 so far. In addition to playing under the bright lights at Madison Square Garden, the Mountaineers will face the UNC Tar Heels on Dec. 21 and Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns a week earlier.
“Our players have expressed their desire to be challenged by the schedule that we put together,” said Fox. “We have that this year. We will put our program on a national stage playing against some of the country’s best programs in Chapel Hill, Austin, Nashville and, of course, at Madison Square Garden.”
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