UCI men's basketball team playing at the Bren Event Center.
Discounted tickets are available for the City of Irvine Day game pitting the UCI men’s basketball team against UC Davis at the campus’s Bren Events Center. UCI Athletics

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 8, 2023 – The University of California, Irvine is collaborating with the city of Irvine to host City of Irvine Day at the Bren Events Center on Feb. 18. Residents are invited to watch the UCI men’s basketball team take on UC Davis on a day celebrating the relationship between the city and the university.

“Sports and education continue to be fundamental to the success of any great city, including Irvine,” said Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan. “Through a continued partnership with UCI, I’m thrilled to bring another City of Irvine Day to residents and visitors alike. Together, we can continue to support our local university and the Anteaters while increasing community through family-friendly, fun-filled events and celebrating the city we call home.”

In a 10-year span, UCI men’s basketball claimed five Big West regular-season championships – in the 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons – and two Big West Tournament titles in 2014-15 and 2018-19. The Anteaters have made six postseason appearances under coach Russell Turner, most notably in 2019, when they advanced to the second round in the NCAA tournament. The UCI men’s basketball program is known for its strong commitment to student-athlete development and its emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship and excellence on and off the court.

“We are excited to host the Irvine community for an afternoon of basketball and fun,” said Paula Smith, UCI’s athletic director. “We are grateful for our wonderful relationship with the residents of Irvine and look forward to continued engagement and collaboration.”

The event will tip off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at UCI’s Bren Events Center. Discounted tickets for both sideline and center-court seating are available at ucirvinesports.com/irvine. Opportunities to organize friends, family members, neighbors and colleagues for this special ticket offer are also available here. For UCI’s clear-bag spectator policies and general information, visit ucirvinesports.com.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. The campus has produced five Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 224 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $7 billion annually to the local economy and $8 billion statewide. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.

About the city of Irvine: Since its incorporation in 1971, Irvine has become a nationally recognized city with a population of 307,670 that spans 66 square miles and is known as one of America’s safest and most successful master-planned urban communities. Top-rated educational institutions, an enterprising business atmosphere, sound environmental stewardship and respect for diversity all contribute to Irvine’s enviable quality of life. This family-friendly city features more than 16,000 acres of parks, sports fields and dedicated open space and is the home of the Great Park. For more information, visit cityofirvine.org.

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