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      SU hosting Ultimate Tailgate before big SU-Duke game

      C alling all SU basketball fans! The big SU-Duke game is just days away and Syracuse University is announcing plans for a pregame tailgate party.

      The Ultimate SU Tailgate will have food, giveaways and an appearance by former SU players. It's being held at 4pm on Saturday, February 1st at the Goldstein Auditorium at Schine Student Center. The game tips off at 6:30pm. If you don't have tickets to the game, you can watch it on big screens set up at the party.

      "We've got a great team this year," said Sam Edelstein, from the office of Alumni Affairs. "Duke is always so good so it is a lot of fun to bring people here."

      Edelstein, along with Otto the orange, appeared Wednesday morning on Today in Central New York to talk about the event which is open to the entire community.

      "The whole idea is to connect with the community," said Edelstein, who also talked about the concept of Original Orange. That's what's printed on the tee shirts that will be given away at the party.

      Tickets cost $30 for those 13 and older.

      "The game sold out in 3 seconds," Edelstein said. "It's going to be a lot of fun to have people there celebrating the entire day and hopefully an SU win."

      For more on the Ultimate SU Tailgate or to get tickets click here.