2015 GCI Great Alaska Shootout adds military appreciation night, nonprofit partnerships and more

November 23, 2015

Anchorage, Alaska – Alaska’s largest telecommunications company is providing Alaskans with something extra to be thankful for this Thanksgiving with food, fun and prizes for the entire family in celebration of its second year as title sponsor of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout. The 2015 tournament tips off on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus and runs through Saturday, Nov. 28.

As the tournament’s title sponsor, GCI hopes to shine a special light on the young men and women who will shape Alaska’s future. Throughout the tournament, the Alaska-based company will host a neighborhood block party by providing special seating and nearly 1,000 free tickets to more than 10 Alaska nonprofits, including Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of Alaska, Covenant House, Fisher House, the Providence Foundation, Special Olympics and the YWCA, just to name a few.

GCI wants to say a special thank you to all armed service members in attendance on Thanksgiving Day with its inaugural Military Appreciation Night. Discounted tickets will be available for $5 for all military service members and families during both games that day.

In addition, $10 punch cards will be available for middle and high school students. Punch cards include attendance to three sessions throughout the tournament, which will give them access to six games, excluding the championship game.

“The Shootout is a longstanding Thanksgiving tradition that is uniquely Alaskan, and as an Alaska-based company, GCI is very proud to be a part of it” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “Our goal is to get community members across the state engaged in the games by showcasing the excitement and family fun that goes hand-in-hand with experiencing the nation’s longest-running regular season basketball tournament at the Alaska Airlines Center.”

Attendees will have a chance to win at every game, as GCI will offer prizes such as 25,000 Alaska Airlines Miles, six months of 1 GIG red Internet service, items autographed by basketball great Shaquille O’Neal and NBA 2014 Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, and much more at the 16 women’s and men’s tournament games. Additionally, GCI is the official technology partner of the Alaska Airlines Center, providing free WiFi for GCI customers throughout the arena.

GCI is also bringing four Alaskans and their family members from Juneau, Russian Mission, Barrow and Wrangell to the tournament in partnership with Alaska Airlines. These four finalists were chosen from nearly 1,000 Alaskans who entered to win on GCI.com. The finalists will meet center court during the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 28, to face off in the 1-million-mile shot contest.

Free parking for the GCI Great Alaska Shootout is available at the Library and Arts Building adjacent to the Alaska Airlines Center, as well as at the East Lot, both of which are subject to availability. General parking lot passes can be purchased for the whole tournament for $65. No single-session passes will be sold for parking at the Alaska Airlines Center. Please visit the tournament website for full parking map.

To purchase ticket packages, which provide access to all men’s and women’s GCI Shootout games, or individual game tickets, visit www.GCI.com/Shootout. Tournament schedules are also available online. GCI Channel 1 and channel 999 will air 10 out of 16 games live is SD and HD.

About GCI

GCI is the largest Alaska-based and –operated, integrated telecommunications provider, offering wireless, voice, data, and video services statewide. Since 1979, GCI has invested over $3 billion to bring the latest telecommunication technologies to Alaska, reflecting GCI’s ongoing commitment to the innovation Alaska needs to support industry, education, health care, job growth and livability for today and the future. Learn more about www.gci.com.


Liz Baker, Thompson & Co. PR