Director of Media Relations
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 20, 2010 — Members of the news media are invited to tour the O’Reilly Family Event Center on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. led by O’Reilly Family Event Center Director Myra Miller, Drury President Todd Parnell and Vice President for Athletics Dr. Edsel Matthews. Parking is available in Lot 7, just to the north of Harrison Stadium.
The next day, Oct. 1, the O’Reilly Family Event Center opens to the public with a free concert and barbecue on the plaza on the north side of the new arena. This will mark the public’s first look inside the $13.5 million arena and kick off a month celebration of the arena’s opening. The barbecue begins at 6 p.m., M-Dock band begins playing at 6:30 p.m., former Lady Panther Liz Moriondo takes the stage at 8 p.m. and fireworks begin around 9:15 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but those wishing to enjoy the barbecue are asked to RSVP at www.drurytickets.com.
Other events during the month include:
The big events continue into November with former Hootie and the Blowfish front man Darius Rucker and funny man Bill Engvall scheduled to appear at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
Tickets can be purchased at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office or at www.drurytickets.com, unless otherwise noted.
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