Skyforce Reveals 2008 Preseason Partnership With Pizza Ranch

Sioux Falls, S.D. (October 22, 2008) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today a partnership with Pizza Ranch (41st St. - Tea) encompassing two major preseason events. The 2008 Preseason presented by Pizza Ranch will begin with an NBA Development League Draft Party on Friday, Nov. 7 and will culminate with a preseason game against the rival Dakota Wizards in Tea, S.D. on Saturday, Nov. 22.

The 2008 NBA D-League Draft Party will be held at Pizza Ranch at 2717 W. 41st St. in Sioux Falls on Friday, Nov. 7. The eighth-annual draft will air live on NBA TV and be streamed online beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Skyforce coaches, front office staff, Skyleaders and Thunder will be in attendance and several great prizes will be given away throughout the evening. In order to gain entrance to the party fans will be required to purchase a buffet which includes the salad bar, pizza, chicken, soup and several dessert options.

“Pizza Ranch is very excited to host the Skyforce draft party at our 41st St. location,” said Pizza Ranch co-owner Chad Hess. “It’s great that two family focused, locally owned businesses can partner up for such a marquee event. The Skyforce is a first class organization and we look forward to seeing their loyal fans on Nov. 7.”

Pizza Ranch will also sponsor a preseason game with the Dakota Wizards at Tea Area High School on Saturday Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are on now on sale and can be purchased at the high school administrative office or at the Skyforce office. Tickets prices for the game are $25 for courtside seats, $7 for adults, $5 for students and children under five years old will receive free admission. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Tea Area High School athletic programs.

“We are thrilled to bring the first local preseason game in team history to the Tea community,” said Tea Area High School Activities Director Toby Smythe. “Sports fans around the area will be able to enjoy NBA quality basketball and help raise money for our athletic programs at the same time.”

The week of the preseason game there will be several appearances by Skyforce players and Skyleaders at the Pizza Ranch at 801 E. Brian St. in Tea. On Tuesday and Friday night players and dance team members will be on hand to promote the game and give away free tickets. More details about the appearances will be released a few weeks before the game.

Season tickets and 12-ticket flex packs are now on sale for the 2008-09 season. Discounts and benefits are also available for groups of 10 or more. The home opener is set for Friday, Nov. 28 against the Iowa Energy. Single game tickets will go on sale on Monday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. For more information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.