That's the dream Robert Kinnard, Vice President of Band Marketing & Partners (BMP), has for the Colorado Classic.
is putting on the event, and Kinnard
is thinking big, but starting small in the Classic's first season.
darn excited about it.
sat down with RamNation.com
nearly two months ago to spread the word on the up-and-coming event, and glowed as he
discussed its future.
"I have talked to just about every school in the country to gauge their interest in playing here," he
"I've talked to a handful of top 25 teams and teams fans want to pay money to watch.
There is interest from schools out there."
It made sense for the event organizers to start locally, bringing in three area teams and one from outside of the region.
They actually tried to include Air Force in the mix, and while Kinnard
would not discuss the reasons the Falcons were left out, other sources have said an Air Force-CU matchup was not met enthusiastically by those in the Buffs' camp.
So, organizers secured St. Mary's--an NCAA tournament team in 2004-05.
The format of the event is simple.
will face DU at 6 p.m. and CU
will face St. Mary's 30 minutes afterwards.
You get two games for one ticket.
, who played college basketball at Regis University
and spent 10 years in sales for the Denver Nuggets organization, doesn't expect the event to be a wild success financially this year but hopes to build name recognition and carve a niche in the local sports market with this holiday hoops signature event.
have been aggressively promoting the event, and he
and other BMP staff were at the CSU-CU basketball game Monday night in Fort Collins.
Kinnard was interviewed by Fox Sports Rocky Mountain's Drew Goodman at halftime of Monday night's CSU-CU basketball game at Moby Arena and spoke about the excitement of the event.