Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 | 3:30 p.m.
Along with a new coaching regime will come a new setup for the UNLV men's basketball team's season-opening festivities.
Instead of just one event taking place on the first official Friday night of the basketball season, UNLV will roll out "Runnin' Rebel Weekend."
Festivities will begin Friday, Oct. 14, in downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont Street Experience at 6 p.m. A short program and introduction of the team is set for 7 p.m.
That event will be free to the public and entertainment is planned throughout the event.
The basketball portion of the weekend takes place Saturday, Oct. 15, in the Cox Pavilion, when the Rebels will hold an open workout and a Scarlet & Gray scrimmage, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the action set to start at 5:30 p.m.
With the annual tip-off event moving from the Thomas & Mack Center to the Cox Pavilion, seating will be limited to the first 3,500 fans in attendance on a first-come, first-seated basis.
The reason for the move is a conflict with a previously-scheduled event at the Mack earlier that day.
"It should be a very intimate and energized atmosphere," first-year coach Dave Rice said. "It'll be a fun experience for both the players and the fans. It's definitely something new for everyone involved with Runnin' Rebel basketball and we are looking forward to it."
Rice takes over a team that won 24 games a year ago and went to the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in the last five years. The Rebels' first exhibition game will take place on Nov. 1 at the Mack against Washburn, with the regular season opener on Nov. 11 against Grand Canyon.