Chants dance in new digs as Hoopla draws big crowd

More than 1,700 Coastal Carolina students packed the stands of the HTC Center and watched the Coastal Carolina basketball teams usher in the 2012-13 season Monday night with the school’s annual Hoopla event.

Drawing almost double the number of the seating capacity of former home court Kimbel Arena, students swarmed to see the new 4,200-seat facility and interact with current Chanticleers throughout the night. Members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams teamed up with CCU students for a number of competitions including a shooting contest as well as a dance contest.

Three members of the men’s team competed in a dunk competition while two lucky students were selected to shoot a half-court shot with the chance to win $10,000. The cheerleaders, pep band and Coastalettes dance team were all on hand to keep the crowd going throughout the event.

The Chants play their first game at the new HTC Center on Nov. 9 against Akron. The Lady Chants open their season the same night but on the road at College of Charleston. They return home to host their first game in the new arena against NC Central on Nov. 12.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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