The University of Connecticut is kicking off the 2011-2012 basketball season with a “First Night” celebration Friday, sponsored by People’s United Bank.
Admission is free and open to the public.
“FanFest” will open at 5 p.m. on Fairfield Way, with inflatable games, food and music. At 6 p.m. the doors to Gampel Pavilion will open, and members of the men’s and women’s teams will be available for autographs.
At 7 p.m., the entertainment begins, including music by the band, cheerleaders and dance squad, introduction of players and coaches, dunk and three-point contest and prize giveaways. The event wraps up at 8 p.m. with a performance by Simon Sez.