Courtesy of Montana State Athletics

BOZEMAN – Montana State’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball seasons bring MSU students the opportunity to participate in newly-created student sections, Bobcat Athletics announced Monday.
A first-year partnership creates the ‘Simms Fish Bowl – Official Student Section of Bobcat Men’s Basketball’ for MSU men’s coach Brian Fish. The Bobcat women’s team also introduces a new official student section, and the initiative aims to generate campus support for Bobcat men’s and women’s basketball and further electrify the atmosphere in Worthington Arena.
The process of creating The Simms Fish Bowl includes selecting up to 20 Fish Bowl Captains from engaged student leaders and avid Bobcat fans to help continue generating enthusiasm on campus. Captains will be chosen through selection processes both on-line and at MSU practices in late October, and receive Bobcat apparel, early entry to games, recognition on the field at a Montana State football game, and free season tickets for the first year after graduation. Captains also receive help manage the Simms Fish Bowl social media accounts, providing valuable marketing and digital media experience. Bobcat Athletics also seeks captains for the new Montana State Women’s Basketball student section to continue growing the support of the Bobcats across campus.
Students participating in the new Simms Fish Bowl are eligible for the several in-game promotions, including the ‘Fish in a Basket’ half-court shot at halftime of each game. One student each game will attempt a half-court shot for a prize, with all contestants throughout the season invited to shoot one half-court shot at the Cat/Griz game for a chance to win a $1000 check written directly to them by Coach Fish. Bobcat Athletics will provide apparel and other promotional items to the Simms Fish Bowl and Bobcat Women’s Basketball student section occasionally throughout the season, as well.
Creating an identity for the student sections at Bobcat men’s and women’s basketball games is crucial to the fan and student-athlete experience in Worthington Arena, MSU Director of Athletics Leon Costello said. “We’re very excited about the opportunity to bring new enthusiasm to the arena and to the campus,” he said. “We hope this continues to build our team’s home court advantage while improving the experience for our student-athletes, coaches, fans, and entire student body.”
For information or to apply to be a Simms Fish Bowl Captain, or a Bobcat Women’s Basketball student section captain, please visit http://bit.ly/2dAV29L.

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