Furloughed federal employee rally in Washington on Thursday. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

As the partial federal government shutdown has dragged on for nearly three weeks, plenty of entertainment establishments have made goodwill gestures to the thousands of impacted Washington-area individuals and families. But it’s hard to imagine many sectors have been as eager to help as the basketball sector.

Small consolation, to be sure. But furloughed workers with clear calendars and strange priorities could go on a complimentary basketball binge this weekend the likes of which few rational souls have ever experienced.


* American University announced that throughout the month of January, all federal government workers with a valid federal government ID can receive two free tickets to home athletic events, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling events. “We wish to invite our D.C.-area neighbors and their families affected by the shutdown to enjoy a night of high quality, Division I athletics events at AU,” said assistant athletics director Robert Sherman in a release. (Read more.)

* George Mason announced that federal employees with a valid government ID can receive two complimentary tickets to men’s and women’s basketball games during the furlough, subject to availability. The offer can be redeemed only on the day of the game at the EagleBank Arena box office. (Read more.)

* George Washington announced that all federal employees with a government ID can receive free tickets to men’s or women’s basketball games at Smith Center. That includes Saturday’s home doubleheader.

* Georgetown announced federal employees with a valid government ID can get two complimentary tickets to the next two home men’s and women’s basketball games. For the men’s games, federal employees must go to window No. 7 of the F Street box office downtown, starting an hour before tipoff. For women’s games, federal employees must go to the ticketing table in the lobby of McDonough Arena on game day, starting an hour before tipoff. (Read more.)

* Howard announced that federal employees can get two free tickets to men’s and women’s basketball games during the shutdown, by presenting valid government IDs at the Burr Gymnasium box office on game days. (Read more.)

* Maryland announced that federal government employees can get two complimentary general admission tickets to Saturday’s women’s game against Michigan, and to Monday’s men’s game against Wisconsin. (Read more.)

* The Capital City Go-Go announced that federal government employees can get two free tickets to two home games, including the Saturday night contest at the new Congress Heights arena. The offer is available day of game only, at the arena box office, with a valid government ID.

Should we plan a sample three-day schedule for a furloughed government worker who loves both basketball (and wrestling) and free tickets? How about this. Some of the commutes would be tricky (and some impossible), but it would appear that 30 complimentary tickets are available to the enterprising furloughed worker.


Dayton at George Washington women, noon

Providence at Georgetown men, noon.

Army at American women, 1 p.m.

Bethune-Cookman at Howard women, 2 p.m.

Bethune-Cookman at Howard men, 4 p.m.

Richmond at George Washington men, 4 p.m.

Michigan at Maryland women, 4:30 p.m.

Columbia wrestling at American, 7 p.m.

Long Island Nets at Capital City Go-Go, 7 p.m.


Hofstra wrestling at American, noon

Duquesne at George Mason women, 2 p.m.

Marquette at Georgetown women, 2 p.m.


Morgan State at Howard women, 5:30 p.m.

Morgan State at Howard men, 7:30 p.m.

Wisconsin at Maryland men, 8:30 p.m.

(And obviously the furlough is no joke to a lot of people. This item is not meant to find humor in hardship.)

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