Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Connecticut Here We Come! Kudos to the Mystics, who announced in an email late today that they have organized a train/bus trip for fans to the Mohegan Sun Arena on Sunday, August 20, for the second game of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The BasketCases are confident (as no doubt, you are!) that the Mystics will take the first game from the Sun at home in the Phone Booth, so this will be your opportunity to see the Mystics complete the sweep to advance to the second round!

According to the email, the cost of the trip is $220, which includes bus/train fare and a ticket to the game. On the trip North, Mystics fans will have their very own rail-car . . . so you'll have plenty of time to make new Mystics friends and learn the words and sing (in multi-part harmony) every verse of "Walking with the Mystics!" [WARNING: This is not for people who aren’t early risers!] The train leaves Union Station at 5:23AM and arrives in New London, CT, at 11:23AM. A bus will then take fans to the Reservation, arriving at the arena at noon for the 1:30PM game. (As a special incentive not announced by the Mystics, the BasketCases will be on hand to greet the bus and we will sign autographs for all interested fans -- even if you aren’t a VIP courtside STH -- but, just so you know, we are not providing lunch!)

The return bus leaves for the New London station at 4PM (better hope the game doesn’t go into double OT!), and the train gets back to Union Station at 11:20PM. If you are interested in this trip, the Mystics ask you to book it by this Friday to guarantee a spot. To obtain an order form, contact Guest Services at 202-266-2365 or via e-mail at**

**When you contact Guest Services be sure to tell them you heard about the trip from the BasketCases blog. Maybe this will help our campaign to win a 2007 fan award gift basket!.


At 7:29 AM, Anonymous valee said...

We'll be digging out the travel mugs and start baking the muffins - Our first Mystics Road Trip!
Geno's Fast Break isn't open yet, so it will have to be Uncas American Indian Grill or Johnny Rockets. Lunch's gotta be fast, so that I have enough time to recoup the trip cost at the tables before the game starts...

At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll be there too!

At 9:57 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Forget the tables. The BasketCases suggest the Krazy Kops slots!


At 10:42 AM, Anonymous valee said...

Since we're arriving after noon so the table minimum may be up, I'll give Krazy Kops a try. Do they have any in the non-smoking area?

If there's anyone that hasn't been to the Sun, it's worth the trip. (Although I haven't been on the previous road trips, I'll go out on a limb and say the Sun's nicer than Bobcat Arena, and Amtrak should be more reliable than the bus to the ASG.)

Since we're road trip novices - any tips from the vets?

At 4:26 PM, Anonymous valee said...

The Mystics fans will be in a block in section 18 in rows L, M, & N. The game tickets will be passed out at Union Station along with the train tickets.

They'll be sending out emails with more info early next week.

At 8:08 AM, Blogger Taggart said...

Anyone know any viewing parties here in the city for those of us who can't even think about crossing the border into CT without breaking out in anti-UCON hives? Kidding.. really just can't afford the cost or time of the trip at this time and would love to know about any people gathering to watch the game. It is being televised, correct?

At 8:26 AM, Blogger BasketCases said...

Yes, on ABC. Look for the BasketCases in Mystics T-shirts. Oh wait, all the other Mystics fans will be wearing Mystics T-shirts.



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