University of Portland
01-01-2013
Contact: John Furey, Joe Kuffner

All-You-Can-Eat Pre-game Pasta Dinner Returns to Men’s Basketball Games at Chiles Center

All-you-can-eat pre-game pasta dinner will be returning to the Chiles Center for the remaining 2012-13 University of Portland men’s basketball home games, Athletic Director Scott Leykam announced on Friday. The pre-game dinner and social will be available to the public for $8 per person beginning with Thursday’s home opener against the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs. Doors will open and food service will begin on the South Mezzanine one hour prior to each game’s scheduled tip-off.

The buffet-style dinner will feature two different kinds of pasta, caesar salad, dessert and beverages.

“We have heard from our fans that the pre-game pasta dinner provided a great sense of community at University of Portland basketball games,” Leykam said. “With the upgrades made to the Chiles Center over the last two years, the re-emergence of pre-game pasta dinner will have an even more inviting look and feel for fans.”

The Chiles Center mezzanine level was upgraded prior to the 2011-12 season with flat-screen televisions that carry both in-game and satellite television feeds. In addition to pre-game dinner and halftime Pilot Club on the South Mezzanine, the North Mezzanine will now offer added hospitality space for private group or corporate outings. The Deck on the East Mezzanine remains open and available for groups as well. Every Saturday home game will also feature a Kids Zone with inflatables and other fun activities.

“The space availability now created provides a great opportunity for group outings and events,” Leykam added. “We want local groups, businesses, youth teams and clubs to view basketball games at the Chiles Center as a great place to host events.”

Pre-game Pilot Club will no longer be held on the North Mezzanine, but the pasta station will be converted to a Pilot Club area for halftime. Pilot Club members can still use their punch cards to purchase pasta dinner. In addition, all pre-game and halftime Pilot Club activities in the Hall of Fame Room will continue as they have throughout the 2012-13 season.

For more information about group outings, catered events, and special offers at University of Portland men's basketball games contact the Pilot Box Office at (503) 943-7525 or visit PortlandPilots.com.

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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