Men's Basketball
South Padre Island Welcomes Fighting Illini

Illinois travels to South Padre Island, Texas for a pair of games Nov. 28-29.
Illinois travels to South Padre Island, Texas for a pair of games Nov. 28-29.

Oct. 9, 2008

South Padre Island, Texas - Fans of the Fighting Illini have a great reason to spend the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on the white, sandy beaches of tropical South Padre Island, Texas! Tickets are now available for the fans of University of Illinois' Fighting Illini to attend the 4th Annual South Padre Island Invitational Basketball Tournament, slated for Nov. 28-29 at the SPI Convention Centre. Island officials are urging fans to make hotel reservations now. University of Illinois will headline the 2008 South Padre Island Invitational, along with Texas A&M University, University of Tulsa, and Kent State University.

Tournament passes are limited and can be ordered through the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site at, or by calling the Convention Centre Box Office at (888) 774-8587. Rounds one and two will be played at Illinois, Texas A&M, Kent State and Tulsa. The final two rounds of the tournament will be played Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 at the South Padre Island Convention Centre on beautiful South Padre Island.

While Illini fans cheer on their team, they can also make time to enjoy the warm, sunny temperatures and scenic views of the South Padre Island beaches. While there, basketball fans and Island goers can:

• Bask in the warmth or take a horseback ride at sunset on "one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S.," according to Men's Fitness Magazine.

• Enjoy up-close encounters with migratory birds, dolphins and giant sea turtles.

• Take part in a full range of watersports, including windsurfing and kiteboarding.

• Get into the holiday spirit with Mr. & Mrs. Claus at The Lighting of the Island, Friday Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.

South Padre's 34-mile long tropical island offers a warm, comfortable climate year-round in an easily-accessible destination at the southern tip of Texas. This Thanksgiving, come be yourself on South Padre Island. For information on tickets and accommodations on South Padre Island, call the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau at (956) 761-3005, 1-800-SOPADRE, or visit