The Drake Men's Basketball team will honor local law enforcement officers with a special “We Back the Blue Night” on Wednesday, Jan. 11, during the Bulldogs’ 7 p.m. game against Indiana State. Police officers and other law enforcement officials are invited to attend the game for free, and fans are invited to support their local police departments and thank them for all they do to keep our community safe.
The Bulldogs have invited members of 12 central Iowa law enforcement agencies to attend the match-up, participate in a 6 p.m. pre-game reception with members of the Drake Women’s Basketball team, and receive special honors at halftime. All law enforcement officers and their families receive free admission to the game by showing a badge at the entrance of the Knapp Center. The pre-game hangout in the Shivers Basketball Practice Facility is open to all law enforcement members and their families.
Halftime will include a short video presentation featuring a special message from Drake University President Marty Martin, Drake University Athletic Director Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, and Drake Men’s Basketball Head Coach Jeff Rutter. Several student-athletes will participate as well, including Drake junior guard C.J. Rivers, whose father is a police officer in the St. Louis area. Representatives from each police department have been invited to receive a game ball during an on-the-court halftime program.
The Des Moines Police Honor Guard will present the colors during the National Anthem.
Fans can purchase a $5 general admission ticket to the game by visiting www.DrakeTix.com/promo and entering promo code POLICE. Additional ticket fees may apply. Five-dollar GA tickets will also be sold at the Drake Ticket Office window on gameday with a mention of "We Back the Blue."