KILL DATE 12/31/08
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 12, 2008 (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
St. John’s University in a Big East league game at 4:00 pm at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and Bright Night wristband wearers are eligible for free admission.

“We’re so pleased that we can work with the Friars on this event,” 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 six 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, Director of Athletic Marketing at Providence College. “Bright Night is such a fantastic event, full of families celebrating. Last year’s event went so well, we wanted to do it again. This year will be even better. After all, it’s a Big East game this year.”

Bright Night has been going on since 2003, but this is only the second year 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 St. John’s. Only one wristband per ticket. The lobby will open at 2 pm, two hours before game time (4:00 pm)
Ticket prices to the basketball games begin at $12, 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 is $50. Tickets to Bright Night are available by calling 401-621-6123 or online at Wristbands will also be available for sale at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center

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 Convention Center. This year’s show is the Nerveless Nock’s Daredevil Thrill Show, a spectacular circus-like show that features amazing acts and stunts.

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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