Dancers will rock the Delta Center at October 19 pre-season game.

BOISE, Idaho (October 3, 2006) – The Farmers & Merchants State Bank Stampede Spirit Dance Team, presented by Studio C will kick off the 2006-07 season by performing at halftime of the pre-season match-up between the Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz at the Delta Center on October 19.

The Utah Jazz, an NBA affiliate team for the Idaho Stampede, will take on the Portland Trail Blazers for a pre-season game on October 19, at 8 p.m. at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Stampede Spirit will put on their first public performance of the 2006-07 season, as they gear up for the Stampede’s Opening Night on Friday, November 24.

“This really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an opportunity for our dancers to learn and grow from the great people with the Jazz,” said Spirit Director Jennifer Huter. “It is great that we can go to an NBA arena as nice as the Delta Center and perform in front 19,000 fans.”

This will be the first time in franchise history that the entire dance team will perform at an NBA game. As a member of the NBA Development League, the overall goal for the Stampede and the other franchises is to develop the talent of players, coaches, front office executives, referees and dancers. The Stampede have been very successful promoting staff, players, coaches to the NBA ranks, as was proven again this summer when two former Spirit members made the LA Clippers dance team.

“Our affiliation with the NBA, the Jazz and the Sonics allows for so much more exposure and excitement in the basketball world for the Stampede,” said Stampede Director of Sales & Marketing Vince Hordemann. “Beyond the high-flying action on the court, our national halftime acts and our famous Stampede Spirit dance team, fans throughout the Treasure Valley and beyond can expect the very best affordable entertainment every night at Qwest Arena this winter.”

The Idaho Stampede is entering its ninth season as a new member of the NBA Development League, and an affiliate of the Utah Jazz and Seattle SuperSonics. Individuals and businesses interested in season tickets starting at only $175 should call (208) 388-4667 or visit for more information about the upcoming season.