Posted on November 15, 2013 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced today that the team has signed John Tavares and eight additional players all to one-year contracts for the 2014 season.
“I’m excited to be back for another season in ‘Bandit Land’,” Tavares said. “After a disappointing season collectively and individually I am looking forward to helping the team get back to the top of the league.”
In addition to Tavares, the Bandits have also agreed to terms with Mike Hominuck, Jamie Rooney, Derek Hopcroft, Kurtis Wagar, Joel Matthews and Jordan Critch as well as 2013 draft picks Mitch Wilde and Nick Diachenko. All one-year deals are pending league approval.
Tavares enters 2014 as the all-time leading scorer in NLL history with a total of 1,666 points (779+887) since joining the league in 1992. Last season, he appeared in 12 games and contributed 39 points (14+25). The Mississauga, Ontario native has played his entire career as a member of the Bandits.
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Posted on November 5, 2013 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced that the team has signed five additional players in preparation for the upcoming season.
The Bandits have agreed to terms with 2013 draft picks Kevin Pym and Eric Penney as well as second-year players Kevin Brownell and Hayden Smith on one-year deals. The club has also signed free agent Colin Boucher to a two-year contract. All deals are pending league approval.
Pym (5’8”, 140 lbs., 8/1/92), the son of current Bandits assistant coach Dave Pym, was Buffalo’s sixth-round selection (47thoverall) in this year’s draft. A transition player and native of Edmonton, Alberta, Pym spent the 2013 season as a member of the Okotoks Raiders Junior A squad where he tallied 59 points (25+34) over 28 contests.
Penney (6’1”, 215 lbs., 11/22/93), a goaltender from the St. Catharines Athletics (Junior A), was chosen by Buffalo in the fifth-round (38th overall) in this year’s draft. The 19-year old native of Rexdale, Ontario was a co-recipient of the Ted Howe Sr. Award for Regular Season MVP in 2012 as a member of the Athletics.
Brownell (6’1”, 179 lbs., 8/16/88), a transition player, will enter his second season as a member of the Bandits. As a rookie last year, the Burlington, Ontario native recorded eight points (2+6) in seven games for Buffalo.
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Posted on October 31, 2013 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced that the team has signed six players as NLL Free Agency opens.
The Bandits have agreed to terms with free agent Steven Fryer on a one-year deal, in addition to re-signing Chad Culp, Shawn Williams and Anthony Cosmo to one-year deals as well as David Brock and Aaron Wilson to two and three-year deals, respectively. Also, the club opted to use one of its Franchise Tags on John Tavares and has qualified Ryan Benesch, Billy Dee Smith, Jay Thorimbert and Rory Smith. All deals are pending league approval.
Fryer, a goaltender, last played in the NLL in 2012 as a member of the Philadelphia Wings when he saw action in 10 games and registered a 8.80 goals against average. Last season, he suited up as a member of the CLAX’s Brampton Inferno.
An 11-year NLL veteran, Culp (5’9″, 185 lbs. 2/5/82) has recorded 392 points (152+240) and 563 loose balls in 146 regular season games.. The Fergus, Ontario native recorded 21 points (7+14) and 54 loose balls in 11 games with the Bandits in 2013.
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The Buffalo Bandits today announced that the team has opted not to renew the contract of head coach Darris Kilgour for next season. The team will begin its search for a new head coach immediately.
“It’s never easy making this type of decision,” said Scott Loffler, Bandits director of lacrosse operations. “However, we felt that a change at head coach is needed at this time to turn things around. What makes this decision especially difficult is that we are parting ways with Darris Kilgour, who has been an integral part of the success and history of the Buffalo Bandits. Words cannot express our gratitude for what Darris has done for this organization and there is no doubt he will have success in lacrosse circles in the future. We wish him the best of luck.”
“It was an incredibly tough decision,” said Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich. “Because when I think of the Buffalo Bandits I think of Darris Kilgour and John Tavares. I had the pleasure of playing with, for, and against Darris and I love his utter belief in the Bandits organization. We believe we need a new voice and a new vision behind the bench to lead the new generation of Bandits as we continue to strive to bring the Champion’s Cup back where it belongs.”
Kilgour posted a 103-73 career record as head coach of the Bandits from 2003 to 2013. The Bandits went 11-9 in 20 playoff games under Kilgour, including three NLL Finals appearances and a Champion’s Cup win in 2008.
The Buffalo Bandits today announced plans to thank their fans for all their support in 2013 by hosting “Fan Appreciation Night” when the Bandits take on the Rochester Knighthawks in their final home game of the regular season at First Niagara Center on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
The Bandits will show their appreciation during the home finale with several contests and giveaways. The first 10,000 fans to enter First Niagara Center will receive a Bandits team photo.
Prior to the opening faceoff, the Bandits will honor the 2013 Bandits Fan of the Year, voted on by Bandits fans at Bandits.com. The winning fan received over 60 percent of the votes and will receive a trophy, a “Fan of the Year” jersey, and a pair of Bandits season tickets for the 2014 season.
Several in-game promotions will also run throughout the night, including the “ROWards” program, in which everyone seated in a select row receives a prize. Contests involving fan participation will take place for chances to win great Bandits prizes.
Current season ticket holders will be randomly selected for the “Jersey Off My Back” promotion. Winners will be announced throughout the game on the HD videoboard and will assemble on the field after the game to receive a game-worn jersey that will be signed by the player who wore it.
Tickets for the game are still available and start at just $27. For more ticket information, please visit the First Niagara Center box office, call 1-888-467-2273 or www.bandits.com.
Posted on January 27, 2013 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
One goal wins are starting to become the Buffalo Bandits’ specialty this season. Forward Luke Wiles scored the game winning goal on a power play with 23.6 seconds left to propel the Bandits (3-1) to a 14-13 win and hand the Philadelphia Wings (2-1) their first loss of the season.
The win puts the Bandits on a three-game winning streak; all of them were one-goal games. The Bandits are also 2-0 at home this season.
“I had all the confidence in the world in these guys. No panic,” Bandits head coach Darris Kilgour said.
“These games are fun to play in. A little hard on the heart, though,” Bandits forward Shawn Williams said. “We’re happy to be on this side of it, be we know how close we are to being on the losing side.”
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Posted on November 30, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
The Buffalo Bandits announced that individual game tickets for the 2013 National Lacrosse League season will go on sale on Monday, Dec. 3 at 9 a.m.
Tickets for individual home games will start at $27, with 200 level and 100 level preferred seating available for $37. The Bandits will open their home schedule against the Minnesota Swarm on Saturday, January 12, 2012. All Bandits home games will begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Bandits also announced that the McDonald’s Family 4-Pack will return for the 2013 regular season. The McDonald’s Family 4-Pack includes four 300 level tickets, 40 Chicken McNuggets, four medium fries and four medium soft drinks. The package is priced at $79.95 and will be available to fans for all Bandits 2013 regular season home games.
To purchase tickets, visit the First Niagara Center box office, call 1-888-467-2273, or visit www.bandits.com for more information.
Posted on November 14, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced that the Bandits have acquired forward Aaron Wilson and a conditional second-round pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft in exchange for Jeremy Thompson.
“I’m very excited about joining a great Bandits team,” Wilson said. “With the quality of players the team has in place right now, there is no reason why we can’t win the Champion’s Cup. I look forward to being a piece of the puzzle that tries to accomplish that goal.”
A 10-year NLL veteran, Wilson (5’9″, 175 lbs., 10/20/80) recorded 31 points (13+18) and 52 loose balls in 16 games with the Edmonton Rush in the 2012 season. He tied for second among Rush players with 14 points (5+9) in the team’s three postseason contests.
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Posted on October 2, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
The Buffalo Bandits have selected seven players in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, including fifth-overall pick Dhane Smith of Kitchener, Ont., Buffalo’s highest selection since the team chose Brett Bucktooth with the third overall pick of the 2006 draft.
Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich noted that the Bandits finished the night with several of the players they had targeted prior to the draft.
“We were able to get some guys later on that we had rated a lot higher,” Dietrich said. “Some guys slid to us that we were real happy with. We wanted to get some guys who could come in and compete for spots right away, and I think we did that.”
The Bandits selected the 20-year-old Smith with the fifth pick in the draft. Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich cited Smith’s athleticism and “tremendous upside” as the reasons the team chose him with the early pick.
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Posted on August 17, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Buffalo Bandits veterans Mike Thompson and Darryl Gibson announced their retirement from the National Lacrosse League.
Thompson joined the Bandits in 2007, going 5-4 in his first full NLL season after appearing in eight games with the Ottawa Rebel in 2001. In just his second year with the team, Thompson backstopped the Bandits to the 2008 Champion’s Cup Final, where he made 39 saves to bring Buffalo its fourth championship in franchise history.
“I wanted to go out on my own terms,” Thompson said. “Some goalies don’t have a choice and I didn’t want to put myself in that situation. With my previous injuries, I just felt like it was time. It comes with the territory; I was just fortunate enough to make the decision before having a serious injury put me out.”
Thompson finishes his career with a 31-16 record and an 11.53 goals against average. His 31 wins and 1,825 saves as a Bandit rank him behind only Steve Dietrich in franchise history.
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Posted on August 13, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich announced that the Bandits have acquired transition player David Brock and forward Mike Hominuck from the Philadelphia Wings in exchange for Kevin Buchanan and a third-round pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.
“These two players are both great, unselfish teammates,” Dietrich said. “Along with the others we have recently acquired, they are going to help bring a refreshed attitude to Buffalo, where winning the Champions Cup is the only goal.”
Entering his third season in the league, Brock (6’3″, 215 lbs., 8/13/86) was drafted seventh overall by the Boston Blazers in 2010. In 26 career games played with Boston and Philadelphia, Brock has recorded 10 points (6+4) and 50 penalty minutes, adding 107 loose balls.
“David is a team-first, athletic defender that has both size and speed,” Dietrich said. “He can get out in transition and finish off the break.”
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Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced that the Bandits have acquired forward Shawn Williams, defenseman Brendon Doran, a 2012 first-round pick and two 2012 second-round picks from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for Buffalo’s first-round pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, pending league approval.
A member of the Bandits in 2000 and 2001, Williams (5’11″, 195 lbs., 6/20/74) returns to Buffalo after spending 10 seasons in Rochester from 2002 to 2011 and playing in Edmonton in 2012. The Swarm acquired Williams from Edmonton in a separate deal today.
“Shawn will help add some scoring to our roster,” said Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich. “He is a great teammate on and off the floor and understands how special it is to be a Buffalo Bandit.”
Williams recorded 68 points (16+52) and eight penalty minutes in Edmonton last season, leading the Rush in points and ranking sixth in the league in assists. He added 13 points (2+11) in three playoff games. In his career, Williams has totaled 1,038 points (412+626) and 117 penalty minutes in 223 games with Edmonton, Rochester, Buffalo and Toronto/Ontario.
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Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler announced that Darris Kilgour will no longer serve in his role as general manager, but will be retained as head coach of the team. The Bandits have also declined to renew the contract of Derek Graham, who has served as the associate general manager of the Bandits for the past three seasons.
“Although Darris and Derek have performed their duties admirably and did many positive things for the organization, we feel a change needed to be made,” Loffler said. “ Simply put, the job was not getting done. The past few seasons have not lived up to our organization’s expectations and, frankly, our fans deserve better.”
The Bandits are currently conducting interviews with potential candidates for general manager and hope to have a replacement hired within the next week.
The general manager will be responsible for scouting and the upcoming NLL amateur draft, and will have the final authority on player signings, trades and contracts. Qualified candidates interested in the position may send their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Lacrosse League today announced that Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares has been named a Second Team All-Pro for the 2012 NLL season.
Tavares earned his league-record 18th All-Pro nod by finishing second in the NLL with 41 goals, including a league-leading 21 power play goals, while ranking seventh with 80 points (41+39) in 2012. The Mississauga, ON native led the Bandits in goals, assists and points this year and has now led the team in scoring in 17 of his 21 seasons. Tavares was named captain and starter for the East in the 2012 NLL All-Star Game, which was held on Feb. 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.
Tavares, the NLL’s all-time leading scorer, has recorded 1,627 points (765+862) in 268 career games played. The 43-year-old has scored 19.8% of the 3,861 goals in Bandits history and has registered a point on 42.1% of those goals. Tavares is currently on a 163-game regular season point streak, dating back to Jan. 26, 2002. He has been held without a point in a game just once in his career.
The All-Pro Team awards are voted on by the league’s board of governors, general managers and head coaches.
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler announced the team will host the Buffalo Bandits Summer Lacrosse Experience again this year with two separate camps in the month of July at First Niagara Center and Nichols School.
The two locations will feature clinics for participants ages 8 to 18. Instructors for both camps will include former and current Bandits such as John Tavares, Mark Steenhuis, Darris and Rich Kilgour, Billy Dee Smith, Anthony Cosmo, Tracey Kelusky and other National Lacrosse League pros. Players are subject to change without notice.
The First Niagara Center camp, which focuses on indoor lacrosse, will take place from July 9-11. The clinic includes a Reebok Bandits replica jersey, camp pinnie and T-shirt, personalized locker room stall with nameplate, 2012 Bandits Yearbook and team photo, limited edition Bandits lithograph, four ticket vouchers redeemable for any 2013 Buffalo Bandits regular season home game, lunch, strength and conditioning session, daily guest speaker, contests, prizes and more. The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, costs $350 per player. The clinic will be limited to 50 total participants, comprised of 25 players ages 8-12 and 25 players ages 13-18.
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The National Lacrosse League announced that Buffalo Bandits goaltender Anthony Cosmo has been named NLL “Defensive Player of the Week” for Week 14 of the 2012 NLL season after Buffalo defeated the Philadelphia Wings by a score of 17-7 before 15,060 fans at First Niagara Center this past Saturday.
Cosmo, acquired by the team from the Minnesota Swarm via trade on Feb. 17, earned his first win in a Bandits uniform by making 46 saves on 53 shots (.868 save percentage) and allowing just one goal in the second half against Philadelphia last weekend.
Cosmo is a five-time NLL All-Star who led the league with a 9.66 goals against average last season, helping him earn Second Team All-Pro honors. The Mississauga, ON native was named NLL Goaltender of the Year in 2007 while playing for the San Jose Stealth.
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The Buffalo Bandits today announced plans to thank their fans for all their support in 2012 by hosting “Fan Appreciation Night” when the Bandits take on the Rochester Knighthawks in their final home game of the regular season at First Niagara Center on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Bandits fans have once again shown up in droves this season to support the team in their bid for a fifth championship. With an average attendance of 15,601 through six home games in 2012, Bandits games continue to hold the distinction of being the highest-attended indoor lacrosse event in the world.
The Bandits are showing their appreciation during the home finale with several contests and giveaways. Upon entering First Niagara Center, all fans will receive Bandits-themed inflatable thundersticks to help cheer on the team.
Prior to the opening faceoff, a player award ceremony voted on by members of the team will take place, in addition to honoring the 2012 Bandits “Fan of the Year.”
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Posted on February 17, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Buffalo Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations Scott Loffler today announced that the Bandits have acquired All-Pro goaltender Anthony Cosmo from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for two first-round picks, one in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft and another in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft.
“I am extremely excited to play for such a well-respected organization in the Buffalo Bandits,” said Cosmo. “I am humbled by the opportunity to play for a coach like Darris Kilgour and what are clearly the most passionate fans in the NLL.”
Cosmo (10/6/1977, 6’2”, 205 lbs.) is a five-time NLL All-Star who led the league with a 9.66 goals against average last season, which helped him earn Second Team All-Pro honors. The Mississauga, ON native was named the NLL’s Goaltender of the Year in 2007 while playing for the San Jose Stealth. He has a 10.32 GAA, .781 save percentage and a record of 59-50 over 159 career games played.
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Posted on February 8, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
The National Lacrosse League today announced that two Buffalo Bandits players have been selected as reserves for the East in the 2012 NLL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.
Bandits defenseman Chris White will play in his fourth All-Star Game in five years. White scored four points (1+3) and recovered 11 loose balls in his three previous All-Star Game appearances in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Buffalo’s team captain has one assist and 13 loose balls in five games played this season.
Buffalo forward Luke Wiles, acquired from the Washington Stealth in an offseason trade, has been selected to his second straight All-Star Game. Wiles scored a game-high six goals, a team-high 10 points (6+4) and collected 10 loose balls for the West in 2011 NLL All-Star Game. Buffalo’s leading goal scorer ranks second on the team with 21 points (13+8) and is third on the team with 23 loose balls this year.
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Posted on February 6, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
The National Lacrosse League today announced that three Buffalo Bandits players have been selected to start for the East in the 2012 NLL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.
Bandits forward John Tavares, the all-time leading scorer in NLL history, will play in his 10th career All-Star Game. Tavares entered the season in a tie with Colin Doyle of the Toronto Rock for most career All-Star Game appearances. Tavares has scored 32 points (18+14) and collected 82 loose balls in his previous nine All-Star Games. He currently leads the Bandits with 28 points (12+16), including a league-leading seven power play goals, in five games played this season.
Buffalo defenseman Billy Dee Smith, the 2009 NLL Defensive Player of the Year, will make his first career All-Star Game appearance. Smith has played in all five games this season, registering one goal, 14 penalty minutes, 12 loose balls and three forced turnovers.
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Posted on January 29, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
There wasn’t much that went the Buffalo Bandits’ way Saturday night. Flying into Minnesota after a loss at home to the Philadelphia Wings on Friday, the Bandits dropped a 19-11 decision to the Swarm. It was Buffalo’s first-ever loss in Minnesota.
Angus Goodleaf made his first start of the season in goal for Buffalo (2-2) and allowed three goals on the first seven shots he faced. When Minnesota took a 7-2 lead on their fourth straight goal 5:03 into the second quarter, Goodleaf was pulled in favor of Friday’s starter, Mike Thompson. The switch didn’t do much to swing the momentum the other way, however, as Minnesota (1-1) scored three more goals before the half ended.
Goodleaf would be back in net to start the third quarter but not necessarily because of Thompson’s play in relief. As the horn ended the second quarter, at least three fights broke out in a benches-clearing brawl between the two teams.
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Posted on January 22, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Before the start of the season, John Tavares said that he’ll keep playing professional lacrosse as long as he doesn’t start embarrassing himself. He may have been half-joking at the time, but if the NLL’s all-time leading scorer — in his 21st season — keeps having games like the one he had against Rochester, he might be playing for a long time to come.
Tavares led the way for Buffalo with four goals and four assists in the Bandits’ 12-9 victory over the Knighthawks on Satuday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Buffalo (2-0) scored four consecutive fourth-quarter goals in a span of 3:14 to pull away from Rochester (1-1). Tavares tied the game at six at the 10:18 mark of the third quarter and went on to add two goals and two assists on four of the Bandits’ five goals in the final frame.
The Bandits entered the fourth quarter with a 7-6 lead following forward Chad Culp’s go-ahead goal at the end of the third quarter. Tavares earned his hat trick as he opened the scoring 44 seconds into the fourth on the power play to extend the lead. But Rochester’s Stephen Keogh scored his second goal of the night on the next possession to put the Knighthawks within one. It’s as close as Rochester would get for the rest of the game.
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Posted on January 15, 2012 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
The Buffalo Bandits used their off-season to improve the offense and their moves proved to pay dividends in the team’s season opener Saturday night.
Luke Wiles, acquired in a trade with Washington, scored a second half hat trick to lead the Bandits (1-0) to a 14-10 win over their divisional rival, the Toronto Rock (0-2) at First Niagara Center. Wiles wasn’t the only new Bandit to get on the score sheet. Mat Giles and Kevin Buchanan each added a pair of goals in their Bandits’ debuts.
The Bandits also received a stellar game from their starting goaltender, Mike Thompson. With 46 saves, head coach Darris Kilgour called a stick save on Dan Carey in the third quarter the turning point of the game.
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Posted on December 15, 2011 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
The Buffalo Bandits today announced the team will continue its partnership with McDonald’s by offering fans the McDonald’s Family 4-Pack during the 2012 National Lacrosse League regular season.
The McDonald’s Family 4-Pack includes four 300 level tickets, 40 Chicken McNuggets, four medium fries and four medium soft drinks. The package is priced at $89 and will be available to fans for all Bandits 2012 regular season home games and the 2012 NLL All-Star Game.
The promotion will begin with Buffalo’s January 14 home opener vs. the Toronto Rock, as the Bandits will look to avenge their 12-11 home playoff loss to the defending NLL champions in the 2011 East Division Final. All Bandits home games will begin at 7:30 p.m., while the All-Star Game is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
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Posted on December 7, 2011 by Buffalo Bandits Press Release
Starting at just $25, individual home game tickets are now on sale for the Buffalo Bandits 2012 National Lacrosse League season, which includes the 2012 NLL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 25 at First Niagara Center.
To purchase tickets, you can visit the First Niagara Center box office, call 1-888-467-2273, or visit www.bandits.com for more information.
Buffalo’s open practice will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. until noon, with doors opening at 9:30 a.m. Afterwards, an hour-long autograph session featuring all practice participants will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the 100 level concourse.
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