KILL DATE 12/31/07
PRESS CONTACT: Adam Gertsacov for Bright Night Providence


Through a partnership with the PC Friars, New Year’s Eve festival goers can enjoy a basketball game in addition to arts performances.

DEC 10, 2007 (Providence RI)
Bright Night Providence is usually known for the wide variety of artists that perform during the New Year’s Eve Celebration. Musicians, actors, dancers, storytellers, clowns, magicians all grace the stages of the festival each year. This year, you can add point guards and power forwards to that list. That’s because on December 31, the Providence Friars are taking on
Saint Peter’s at 2:00 pm at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and Bright Night wristband wearers are eligible for free admission.

“We’re very excited to be working with the Friars on this project,” said Adam Gertsacov, director of Bright Night Providence. “It brings a whole new dimension to the family friendly fun that we’ve been providing downtown for the last five years. And it adds another great activity for our audiences to take part in.”

“We’re glad to be part of the festivities,” said Katie Moore, Sports Marketing Director at Providence College. “Bright Night is such a fantastic event, and the Friars are glad to help make this New Year’s Eve a great night out for families and adults.”

Bright Night has been going on since 2003, but this is the first time that a basketball game has been included on the schedule of events. The first 3000 festival goers who show their wristbands at a special table inside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center lobby will get a free ticket to the game against Saint Peter’s. Only one wristband per ticket. The lobby will open at noon, two hours before game time (2:00 pm)

Tickets to the basketball game are normally $10, and a ticket to Bright Night (if purchased in advance) is $10. Day of event ticket sales to Bright Night are $15 each, or a family fourpack $50. Tickets to Bright Night are available by calling 401-621-6123 or online at

Wristbands allow access to all of the events of the festival on a space available basis, and guarantee admission at one of three showings (at 6, 8, and 10 pm) at the Providence Performing Arts Center. This year’s show is rock drummer Carmine Appice’s new drum/dance group SLAMM!, a high energy drum and dance spectacular.

For a complete schedule of information, or to purchase tickets, visit the website listed below.

ABOUT BRIGHT NIGHT PROVIDENCE: Bright Night Providence is an artist-run New Year’s Eve Celebration that features over 150 performers in 22 venues throughout downtown Providence. It is sponsored in part by the city of Providence, the State of Rhode Island, and many corporations and individuals. For more information about Bright Night Providence, or to purchase tickets, call the box office 401-621-6123 or visit the website:

ABOUT THE PROVIDENCE COLLEGE FRIARS: The PC Friars Men’s Basketball Team is one of the top basketball teams in New England. They have sent 27 players to the NBA, made 15 appearances in the NCAA championships, 17 appearances in the NIT championships (including 2 championships), and compete in the BIG EAST Conference, the most televised conference in the country. To find out more, please visit their website

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