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Hoop, There It Is!

Aircraft carrier game details announced

By Chris Vannini          Posted: 02/08/11 10:51pm         

It’s not a secret: the highly-anticipated aircraft carrier men’s basketball game is closer than ever to being finalized.

MSU will play North Carolina on Nov. 11, 2011 (11-11-11) on an aircraft carrier in San Diego.

But although there is little doubt it won’t happen, there still are several questions that haven’t been answered; like how many people can watch the game live without stadium seating?

Some of these details came out when MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis talked to The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

Hollis said the game will seat about 6,000 spectators.

Each school will be given 500 tickets and the remainder will be given to troops and their families.

“We’ve been looking at doing this for eight years to give something back to those who put themselves in harm’s way and to the families they leave behind when they’re away on duty,” Hollis told the AP. “We wanted to do something unique that could be shown to troops worldwide on Veteran’s Day — 11-11-11 — as a sign of appreciation.”

Magic Johnson is expected to participate in a basketball clinic for children of troops. Hollis also said they are working to get former Tar Heel Michael Jordan involved.

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