2011-12 Inaugural Season Opener Friday, November 25th at 7:30 p.m. vs. Iowa Energy

It's Time for Charge Basketball

CANTON, OH - November 23, 2011 - Plugged in and revved up, Canton is ready for Charge basketball! The NBA Development League CANTON CHARGE, powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, will make their home court debut on Friday, November 25th at 7:30 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center!

The stage is set for a grand opening night that will give the hometown crowd the BEST fan experience in the NBA D-League in front of a local, national and international TV audience. Under the leadership of head coach Alex Jensen, the Charge will officially tip off the 2011-12 inaugural season against the NBA D-League defending champion Iowa Energy as a new era in Canton sports begins.

In a special broadcast, the Charge’s inaugural home opener will be televised live on FOX Sports Ohio’s alternate channels* and simulcast nationally and internationally on NBA TV at 7:30 p.m. FSO play-by-play voice of the Cavs Fred McLeod will team up with Cavs Legend and game analyst Austin Carr to call the game. In addition, fans can watch a free live web stream of all Charge games during the season on NBA FUTURECAST at nba.com/futurecast. (*FOX Sports Ohio’s alternate channels include Time Warner Cable channel 310, Cox Communication channel 98, Buckeye Cable channel 69, DIRECTV channel 685, and others. Locate alternate channels by visiting http://www.foxsportsohio.com/pages/channelfinder/.)

“This has been a relatively short, but very exciting and rewarding journey to arrive at tipoff time for Charge basketball in Canton,” said Scott Woodruff, Charge chief operating officer. ”An entire community has come together, worked hard and helped create something we’re all going to be very proud of. Opening night is just the start of a season full of fun and excitement. It’s going to be electrifying inside the Civic Center on Friday night and a very special night in local sports history for certain.”

Fans won’t want to miss being a part of an historic night of firsts and festivities from when the doors open at 6:00 p.m. until after the final buzzer. Great seats are available starting at just $7 and can be purchased at CantonCharge.com, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 866-444-1944.

Everyone in attendance will receive a 2011-12 Canton Charge inaugural season magnet schedule presented by McCain Foods. The commemorative schedule is sure to be a piece of local sports memorabilia for collectors.

Fans can also:

  • Feast on $1 hot dogs all night long
  • Visit KIDS ZONE to make signs and get in the spirit with Wine & Gold face and hair painting and temporary tattoos
  • Stop by the Charge Team Shop for the newest and coolest Charge merchandise

The Charge’s opening night will feature the Cavaliers-inspired spirit of fun that families will enjoy throughout the season. The evening will include performances from the Cavaliers’ award-winning game entertainment groups the Cavalier Girls, hip hop troupe the Scream Team and mascot Moondog. Holding court as they will for every game this season will be popular Cavs in-arena host Ahmaad Crump along with mascot Sir C.C.

A special halftime act will feature a Cavs and NBA favorite, Red Panda Acrobat - the incredible Krystal Niu. Riding a seven-foot unicycle, Niu kicks several bowls at a time into the air, landing them in an ever-growing stack on her head. She holds the Guinness World Record for this act that leaves audiences breathless every time!

After the final buzzer, kids (18 and under) can make their way to the Charge court for postgame free throws - something they can look forward to after all Charge weekend home games (on Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

All single game tickets start at just $7 and can be purchased at CantonCharge.com, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 866-444-1944. Special theme nights, promotional giveaways and high-energy game presentation will make attending every Charge game a fun-filled family event!

Season tickets are on sale now and start as low as $5 per seat, per game. Season ticket benefits include an invitation to exclusive team events, discounts on official team merchandise, participation in special on-court game night events, access to discounts and special offers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and much more. All inaugural season ticket holders are also automatically included as members of the Canton Charge FOUNDERS CLUB and will receive an exclusive Canton Charge winter fleece jacket. FOUNDERS CLUB membership, in addition to regular season ticket holder benefits, also includes a very special and exclusive package of perks that begins this season and continues for all future seasons. Check www.CantonCharge.com for a full listing of Canton Charge FOUNDERS CLUB benefits and information. To secure season tickets or for more general ticket information, fans can call 1-866-444-1944 or visit www.CantonCharge.com.

Unique Fan Experience packages for group outings (20 or more tickets together) are also available for each Charge home game. For more information on special group seating, or to place an initial $100 group payment, call 1-866-444-1944.

Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team at: @CantonCharge on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CantonCharge and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CantonCharge.