As many students on campus know, an exciting annual tradition for the Lakers is coming up this week: the Mercyhurst versus Gannon basketball game. On Feb. 9, both the Mercyhurst men’s and women’s basketball teams will take on cross-town rivals from Gannon in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.
This event includes much more than just the game such as increased entertainment from the dance team and cheerleaders, games that involve student participation during breaks in the plays, free merchandise for students and most importantly, an increased crowd full of supporters and fans from both schools. In addition to high attendance from the current Laker student body, the teams can also expect support from a wide range of Mercyhurst alumni.
As an event through the Alumni Office, graduates from all years have the opportunity to attend this basketball game. Not only is this a great chance for alumni to connect with others and make a return to their beloved alma mater campus, but it is also a great chance to support the men’s team.
“Having alumni back on campus just further proves our ‘Hurst is Home’ feeling,” Lindsay Frank, Director of Alumni Engagement
said. “Whether they graduated 5 years ago or 65, it’s always exciting for alumni to return home.”
The Lakers will certainly appreciate the extra support, and it is a great chance for current Mercyhurst students to really see the impact alumni have on the school and envision life beyond the gates. Just like the Mercyhurst versus Gannon match, the annual alumni event surrounding this game is also a longstanding tradition on campus dating back to over ten years ago. For this year’s event, Laker alumni were able to register via the alumni page of the Mercyhurst website. Those who are attending this event will begin the night with a happy hour at the Roost starting at 5:30 before making their way over to the Mercyhurst Athletic Center to watch the game. In addition to having access to VIP reserved seats at the game, it will also be the first time that many of these alumni will be setting foot in the recently renovated Athletic Center. Overall, this event is a huge hit with alumni and brings a fantastic excuse to return back to campus.
Mercyhurst was not able to host this event last year due to the pandemic, so there is even more excitement in the air with this year’s return of the beloved tradition.
“This event was actually the final event that the Alumni Office hosted in 2020 before the pandemic hit,” Frank said. “We have not been able to host it since then, so it’s really exciting to be able to welcome our alumni back to campus again!”