Quick hitters: Friday tailgate, Coaches show location change and other news

VCU fans will look to continue the Rams' home sellout streak when the black & gold open this year's schedule Friday against Prairie View A&M.
VCU fans will look to continue the Rams’ home sellout streak when the black & gold open this year’s schedule Friday against Prairie View A&M.

You may have noticed a change or two in regards to VCU basketball this offseason. Here are a few others:


Buffalo Wild Wings will serve as the new host of the Will Wade Coaches show starting this Wednesday night at the Short Pump location. The plan is to move the show around a bit and to give Ram fans in the surrounding counties a break from the continued drive into the city (which with the Coaches Show and two home games meant up two three trips downtown for fans that don’t live in the city in some weeks of the season). December will feature some Midlothian action at Westchester Commons with other locations hosting the show in January and February as well (locations TBD).


VCU recently signed a deal with Vivid Seats to become the preferred secondary market for VCU tickets. Honestly, I’m not 100% sure how that works with tickets being available through, but I know if you need tickets to concerts, pro sports and other events there is a way to make those purchases through Vivid Seats with some of the proceeds going to VCU Athletics. Stay tuned for details on that and in the meantime check out if you’ve thinking about hitting up a Wizards, Capitols or Redskins game anytime soon.


VCU’s Robby Robinson, the voice of the Rams, will take over Big Al Coleman’s show tomorrow morning from 8-10AM on ESPN Radio 950AM. It’ll be a black and gold-filled wakeup with interviews with Will Wade (8:30) and Michael Litos (9). Tune in, call the show and tick off some Spider fans who’ll hate having to hear all about VCU basketball on their drive to work.


I’m so excited about Friday’s home-opener but almost more excited about the season tip-off tailgate party that will precede the game. The action starts 4PM on Friday on Marshall Street behind the Sigel Center and in front of VCU’s brand new practice facility, or should we say “basketball development center”. That entire block will be closed to traffic to make way for food trucks, beer trucks, at least one inflatable for the kids, face painting, live music, giveaways and just a ton of VCU-lovin’ fun. Didn’t get a ticket to the game? Well the party doesn’t have to stop then as the VCU homecoming committee will be projecting the game on a big screen outside the Stu in the tailgate area. VCU fans need to show up to this and show up in the thousands so we can make this happen more than just once per year.

A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...