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Red Claws Pick-A-Seat Event Continues Through the Weekend

PORTLAND, ME (September 4-6, 2009) – The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, announced that Jeff Guerette of Westbrook became the first Red Claws’ fan to sink a half court shot at the Portland Expo as part of the team’s Pick-A-Seat weekend, winning a season ticket for the 2009-10 season. Guerette sunk his shot on the first day of the Red Claws' Pick-A-Seat event September 4-6.

Guerette, a social studies teacher and varsity football and jayvee basketball coach at Westbrook High School, was one of the first fans to attempt the half court shot on the opening day of Pick-A-Seat Weekend, sinking his shot at 10:30 AM. Guerette, who was already a Red Claws’ season ticket holder, opted to add a third seat to his account.

Two more fans successfully hit the shot two hours later. Thomas Guzman of Scarborough and David Caldwell of South Portland sunk back-to-back baskets to win their Red Claws’ season seats for 2009-10. Guzman works for Guzman Salsa while Caldwell works is the recreation supervisor for the city of Portland’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Jake Hatch and Charles Katz-Leavy, both of Portland, successfully sunk the shot on Saturday to become the fourth and fifth winners of the weekend. There were no winners on Sunday. At a similar event in July, several fans were close but none succeeded.

The Red Claws’ final Pick-A-Seat weekend gave fans one final sneak peek at the brand new parquet floor at the Portland Expo Building. Current season ticket holders had the opportunity to check out the view from their seats while those thinking about purchasing season or individual tickets had the opportunity to “try it before you buy it.”

Red Claws’ season tickets have become a hot commodity as the expansion team continues to outpace all other teams in the 16-team NBA Development League in tickets sold and revenue. The team has surpassed the 1,200 mark for tickets sold and recently began a successful campaign for group tickets, with four full games already sold out. Individual tickets to be made available for purchase in October.