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Christmas Concert to Follow Grand Canyon University Basketball Game on Friday

Slam & Jam series features four free Christian concerts for hoop fans at GCU Arena

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PHOENIX, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lincoln Brewster will perform a Christmas concert Friday night following the Grand Canyon University men's basketball game vs. San Diego Christian to kick off the university's Slam & Jam concert series.

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Slam & Jam features four Christian concert performances at GCU Arena during the Antelopes' inaugural Division I season that are free to anyone with a ticket to that night's basketball game. Basketball tickets are just $5 – less than it would cost to attend a concert performance from any of these artists. And family four-packs, which include soda and popcorn, are only $15.

Brewster is a national contemporary Christian recording artist and worship leader who has released eight albums, including his "Joy to the World" Christmas collection that will be prominent in Friday's postgame holiday concert.

Other Slam & Jam concerts that will follow GCU basketball games are:

  • Jan. 4 game vs. New Mexico State University: Jon Foreman, lead singer and guitarist of multi-platinum rock band Switchfoot. He is known for his Christian songwriting that reflects faith, hope and love.
  • Feb. 6 game vs. Utah Valley: Mercy Me, a multi-platinum Christian rock and worship band with 13 albums and 13 consecutive singles that have reached the top five of the Billboard Christian Songs chart, including seven that reached No. 1.
  • Feb. 27 game vs. University of Missouri Kansas City: Jeremy Camp, a contemporary Christian artist who has released 11 albums. He has been nominated six times for the Christian Male Vocalist of the Year, winning twice, and has 24 No. 1 radio hits, a Grammy nomination and five Dove Awards.

Both of GCU's home games thus far in the 2013-14 season have been sell-outs. Stadium Journey, a website that reviews stadium experiences, recently gave basketball games at GCU Arena rave reviews, stating: "GCU is definitely doing it the right way. Out of the four different Arizona schools, GCU is easily the most fan-friendly."

Home games also feature pregame festivities on the quad outside of the arena, including a live band, 50-cent hamburgers, $1 slices of Papa John's pizza, food trucks and an alumni tailgate.

For Friday's 6 p.m. game vs. San Diego Christian and a game Dec. 3 vs. Vanguard, fans can also get a free ticket by donating a new toy to the university's Canyon Cares Christmas Crusade at the Arena box office. GCU is hoping to collect 5,000 toys for its Canyon Cares Christmas celebration on Dec. 8 to benefit surrounding Phoenix neighborhoods.

Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona's premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional in seven colleges: the Ken Blanchard College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Theology, the College of Fine Arts and Production, and the College of Doctoral Studies. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. The University's curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals. For more information about GCU, visit www.gcu.edu.

SOURCE Grand Canyon University



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