Now in its 52nd year, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is the oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament in the country. The tournament is held annually at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. The list of top-tier college basketball programs that have played in the Sun Bowl Invitational over the past half-century includes Georgetown, Maryland, Arizona and Florida.
In 2009 the tournament was renamed to honor former UTEP head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Don Haskins. “The Bear” coached at UTEP from 1961 to 1999, winning 719 games and making 14 postseason appearances. Haskins famously led the Miners to victory in the 1966 National Championship game over Adolph Rupp and the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.
The 2013 invitational is scheduled for December 28 & 29. Teams participating are Western Illinois, Denver, Alcorn State and UTEP. The schedule is:
Saturday, Dec. 28
5 p.m. Denver vs. Alcorn State
7 p.m. Western Illinois vs. UTEP
Sunday, Dec. 29
5 p.m. Alcorn State vs. Western Illinois
7 p.m. Denver vs. UTEP
Beginning Dec. 2, tickets will be available at the Sun Bowl Association office at (915-533-4416 or 800-915-BOWL), the UTEP Ticket Center (915-747-5234) and TicketMaster outlets. Tickets can be reserved now by calling the Sun Bowl Association office. Tickets are also included in UTEP season ticket packages.
$40 (rows 1-34) and $20 (rows 35-39)
$20 Active Military with ID, plus three guests at same price
*$20 UTEP students, plus one guest at same price
$22 (rows 1-34) and $12 (rows 35-39)
$12 Active Military with ID, plus three guests at same price
*$12 UTEP students, plus one guest at same price
*Must purchase at the UTEP Ticket Center Only
-Single event sales (2-games, 1-night) will be offered beginning Monday, December 16, 8 am
-Purchased at the UTEP Ticket Center only
-Student seating will be reserved seating, not General Admission
-Purchased with valid student ID
-May purchase two tickets at military/student price, available in all sections
-Military pricing will be offered at the same price as the student pricing
-Purchased with military ID
-May purchase four tickets at student/military price, available in all sections
For ticket information please call the Sun Bowl Association at (915) 533-4416.