LaBrie (pictured right) arrived in a business suit, which was appropriate because he was all business when it came time to take his half-court shot. A resident of Enfield, CT who works at Hampden Bank, LaBrie calmly removed his suit coat and grabbed a ball off the rack. Undaunted by a cameraman taking pictures for The Republican, LaBrie became the day’s first season ticket winner by drilling his shot from half court during his lunch hour.
Jones, the son of the Boston Celtics legend with the same name, also did not buckle amid media coverage. With CBS 3 Springfield shooting footage of the event, Jones buried his shot – as seen in this video – to join LaBrie as a season ticket winner.
While LaBrie and Jones were the only winners of season tickets, fun was had by all in attendance on a day when fans from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond got an opportunity to experience the same court that NBA Development League players will use this fall. Among the attendees was Springfield Mayor – and NBA Springfield season ticket holder – Domenic Sarno, who was unsuccessful in his attempt from half court but sank a shot from 3-point range before exiting the court. Also taking some shots at the MassMutual Center were members of ESPN 1450 The Hall, which had The Average Joe Show airing live from the MassMutual Center beginning at 4 p.m.
In addition to the on-court festivities, fans received a unique opportunity to test-drive seats throughout the MassMutual Center. Several in attendance seized the chance and purchased season tickets. Although NBA Springfield’s season ticket holder base continues to climb, plenty of good seats remain available. Get yours by calling (413) 746-3263 or click here for more information.
Don't forget, NBA Springfield has season tickets beginning as low as $91!