Auburn + Tennessee hoops to play in new Rocket City Classic at VBC

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The Rocket City Classic in December will feature Auburn men’s basketball hosting UNC-Ashville. (Scott Sobera)

Basketball fans will be happy to learn that two Southeastern Conference powerhouse programs are coming to Huntsville in a few months to host games at the Von Braun Center.

Auburn’s men’s basketball team and the University of Tennessee women’s team will host games at Propst Arena in December. Here’s what to know:

Tennessee women’s team hosts Middle Tennessee State

One of the most storied programs in women’s college basketball history comes to Propst Arena Dec, 6 when The University of Tennessee Lady Vols host Middle Tennessee State. This interstate rivalry was recently renewed, although in the “rivalry,” UT has a 22-0 edge.

“Our meeting in Huntsville offers a great opportunity for folks from our state to make a short road trip and for those in Alabama to watch two NCAA Tournament teams battle on a neutral court. We certainly hope our players with ties to the region will also have a great turnout as they make their return.”

Kellie Harper, UT head coach

Auburn men’s team takes on UNC-Ashville

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The Rocket City Classic will feature Auburn against UNC-Ashville. (Von Braun Center)

The Auburn Tigers, fresh off a 21-win season last year, will host UNC-Ashville in the Rocket City Classic, as it is dubbed. This is the first time Auburn’s hoops team has played here in the Rocket City in 20 years.

Tickets will go on sale August 16.

“This has been something that I’ve been talking to a number of the most passionate Auburn fans anywhere in the country up in the North Alabama, Huntsville area about bringing my basketball team up there.”

Bruce Pearl, AU basketball coach

New fan experiences for Rocket City Classic

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Fans will get to experience some new features at Propst Arena for these basketball games. (Hville Blast)

Fans will have some new basketball seating options for the Rocket City Classic as 16 sideline suites will be available for both games, as well as courtside seats that put your feet on the court.

“We are proud to see Huntsville continue its growth as a sports destination and bring two major college basketball games to the Von Braun Center this season. Thanks to Akima for their tremendous support, we welcome Auburn and all of their fans back to the Von Braun Center and bring a top-notch women’s basketball game to Huntsville for the first time.”

Mayor Tommy Battle

The Rocket City Classic came together through a partnership with Nations of Coaches, the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Huntsville Sports Commission. 

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