After one final practice, on Nov. 10, the teams play at 11 a.m. local time — 11 p.m. Eastern time Nov. 9 — at Mercedes-Benz Arena, an 18,000-seat arena. Harvard and Stanford played before about 7,200 fans in November. The contract stipulates that the game will be broadcast on “ESPN/ESPN2 or other comparable television outlet.”
The Pac-12 will cover the cost of 25 business-class tickets from Atlanta to Shanghai, up to 19 hotel rooms that are to be “no less than four-star western accommodation,” ground transportation and meals.
The contract also requests that the school bring president G.P. “Bud” Peterson, cheerleaders and Buzz. Peterson plans to make the trip. Tech also is expected to promote the game using “influential/high profile former student-athletes to help promote the game in China and otherwise.” Tech has an ideal candidate in former star point guard Stephon Marbury, who has played in China since 2010. One team, the Beijing Ducks, built a statue in his honor after he led them to a championship, and a postage stamp was issued in his honor.
Pastner is not particularly excited about the trip.
"I don't want to sit on a plane for 16 hours,"
he told the AJC shortly after the season ended
. "However, it's going to be a great bonding experience for our team, and we may never get that experience again. But I'm not looking forward to the length of the travel. I sure hope we win the game because it'd make it a much easier trip on the way back for me. But we scheduled it, so we're going to go out there ready to play."
Pastner may be underestimating the length of the trip. There are no nonstop flights from Atlanta to Shanghai, and the shortest one-stop flight is about 17 hours.