GCI Great Alaska Shootout Kicks Off A New Era This Year At Alaska Airlines Center

November 21, 2014

GCI Shootout attendees can win 1 million Alaska Airlines miles, tech prizes and much more

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Alaska’s largest telecommunications company will ring in a new era of the state’s premier basketball tournament when the GCI Great Alaska Shootout begins on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The tournament’s championship teams will not be the only winners at the 2014 GCI Shootout, as Alaska-based title sponsor GCI will be giving attendees a chance to win 1 million Alaska Airlines miles as well as the latest smartphones, tablets and accessories. In addition to excitement and big prizes, the GCI Shootout will offer up convenient fun for families by providing Alaskans with a new Thanksgiving tradition, no cooking required. Every child in attendance can take home a free GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball as well as temporary tattoos at GCI’s new retail store in the Alaska Airlines Center.

“As Alaska’s leading telecommunications company, it is fitting that we would be the company now dedicated to renewing the original interest and excitement around this tournament,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “GCI is looking forward to finding new ways to engage Alaskan fans and families. Our goal is to get everyone in the community excited about coming to experience the Great Alaska Shootout at the new Alaska Airlines Center.”

The 2014 GCI Shootout will take place Tuesday, Nov. 25 – Saturday, Nov. 29 at the new Alaska Airlines Center located on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.  GCI is also the official technology partner of the Alaska Airlines Center. At each game, attendees can enter to win 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles, and a GCI tech prize will be given away once per session (two games). In addition, GCI will award 150,000 Alaska Airlines miles to one lucky attendee at both the men’s and women’s championship games.

The teams competing in this year’s GCI Shootout men’s tournament include hometown favorite University of Alaska Anchorage; former tournament champion Washington State; fourth-time competitor Pacific University; and newcomers Colorado State, Mercer, Missouri State, Rice and University of California Santa Barbara. For the women's division, University of Alaska Anchorage will be up against Boise State, Long Beach State and Yale for the title of GCI Shootout champion.

To purchase individual tickets or ticket packages, which provide access to all men’s and women’s GCI Shootout games, visit www.goseawolves.com. Tournament schedules are also available online.

About GCI

GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.

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