Defend the Bren
The Defend the Bren series seeks to enhance the home-court advantage for UC Irvine athletic teams by supporting student attendance and Anteater pride.
In 2013, we launched the Defend the Bren series with Student Affairs through the support of Dr. Parham. We finished the Men’s Basketball season strong, getting over 1,000 students at our last home game. We also brought out over 1,400 students for Homecoming and over 3,000 between our three athletic rallies that year.
From those humble beginnings, we hope to expand upon the past success in 2015-2016 and will focus on Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s baseball, and Men’s tennis. The games that are a part of this series were chosen on a variety of factors such as popularity, equity, timing in the quarter, and resources. While not every sport is represented in this series, every sport is important to creating a climate of success, strength, and perseverance on our campus. UCI is proud to be a Division 1 school, with high caliber athletes representing us.
In addition to the Defend the Bren campaign, ASUCI will be hosting three athletic rallies this year for all students to enjoy. We want to be able to promote the games that are important not only to divisional standings, but that will also build school pride and create a climate of success and accomplishment within our student body.
Anteater Express shuttles will provide transportation to and from each Defend the Bren game on the schedule. The buses will run from ACC to the Bren and back starting an hour and fifteen minutes before each game and lasting until an hour after each game. On rally days, shuttle service will start typically two hours before game time. With two shuttles, they would be picking students up every 15 minutes or so at each location.
We are excited to see everyone there, so come out and support our teams and show our opponents what it means to be UCI!
Schedule Subject to Change
|22||Sat||Women’s Volleyball||UC Riverside||Possible Voter Reg||TBD|
|5||Sat||Men’s Basketball||Sonoma State (Exhibition)||Drawstring Bag Giveaway||7:00PM|
|11||Fri||Men’s Basketball||Utah State||Home Opener Veteran’s Day Theme||7:00PM|
|14||Mon||Men’s Basketball||South Dakota State||Super Hero Theme||7:00PM|
|9||Fri||Men’s Basketball||Pomona Pitzer||7:00PM|
|30||Fri||Men’s Basketball||Life Pacific College||7:00PM|
|4||Wed||Men’s Basketball||Long Beach State||ESPN3||7:00PM|
|7||Sat||Men’s Basketball||Hawaii||Prime Ticket and Giveaway||TBD|
|26||Thu||Men’s Basketball||Cal Poly||ESPN3 & Rally||TBD|
|4||Sat||Women’s Basketball||Long Beach State||TBD|
|10||Fri||Men’s Volleyball||Long Beach State||TBD|
|18||Sat||Men’s Basketball||UC Riverside||7:00PM|
|Homecoming Pre-Game Friday 2/24
5pm-6:30pm @ the Tennis Courts
|24||Fri||Men’s Volleyball||UCLA||Homecoming Pre-game||7PM|
|Homecoming Festival Saturday 2/25
3pm-7pm @ Aldrich Park
|4||Sat||Women’s Tennis||Long Beach State||11:00AM|
|4||Sat||Women’s Basketball||Cal State Fullerton||2:00PM|
|4||Sat||Men’s Basketball||UC Davis||7:00PM|
|9||Thu||Men’s Basketball||TBA||Big West||TBD|
|10||Fri||Men’s Basketball||TBA||Big West||TBD|
|11||Sat||Men’s Basketball||TBA||Big West||TBD|
|15||Wed||Women’s Waterpolo||UC Davis||TBD|
|25||Fri||Men’s Baseball||Long Beach State||Giveaway TBD||TBD|
Defend the Bren Social Media Links
Shuttle service is provided for all Defend the Bren Series designated games. Look for the shuttles labeled Defend the Bren.
Stops: There are three stops on Arroyo Dr. in ACC along the N Line route, three stops on Dr. (bus stops at Cornell, East Peltason Dr., and UTC on the Chick-fil-a side), and at the Bren Events Center. There are also a drop off only locations at UTC on the UCI side of Campus Dr., the intersection at East Peltason Dr., and Puerta del Sol.
Start Time: Service will start running at one hour before game start. If there is a promotional giveaway or it is a rally day, shuttle service will be adjusted accordingly. (Buses will without interruption on Double Header days.)
End Time: Shuttles will run until roughly one hour after the end of the game. For example, last shuttle leaving the Bren after a 7pm game is usually 9:45pm.
Frequency: Shuttles pick up and drop off roughly every 15 minutes.
*Every home game is free with a valid undergraduate student ID.
*Please remember that food and drinks are not allowed inside the Bren Events Center.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a Facebook event page for this series?
Yes. Our event page can be found at:
Are there shuttles available for the games?
Yes. Shuttle service is provided for all Defend the Bren Series designated games. There
are three stops in ACC along the VDC Norte route, UTC on the Chipotle side, and at the
Bren Events Center. Shuttles pick up and drop off roughly every 15 minutes.
What time do the shuttles start running?
For a 7pm game time, shuttle service will start running at 5:45pm. If there is a
promotional giveaway or it is a rally day, shuttle service will be adjusted accordingly.
What time are the shuttles running until?
Shuttles will run until roughly one hour after the end of the game. For example, the last
shuttle leaving the Bren after a 7pm game is usually 9:45pm.
What time do the doors open at the Bren Events Center?
Doors typically open one hour before game time. So for a 7pm game, doors will open at
Do you have to be a student to get the free jersey after going to 15/17 Men’s Basketball games?
Yes, you must be a UCI undergraduate student.
Are the Club 15 jerseys legitimate?
Yes, they are the same Adidas jerseys that they team will be wearing this season.
How do they keep track of our 15/17 games?
We keep track by you swiping your valid undergraduate student ID when you enter the
Bren. No other sign-up is required.
Am I allowed to bring food and drinks with me inside the Bren Events Center?
No, but there are fully staffed concession stands with many options.
If our friends want to attend the game but they are not UCI students, but they are from a different school with an ID, how much is their admission?
Unfortunately they still need to pay the general admission price. With advance purchase
a ticket is $10 and at the ticket window on game day, the ticket will be $12.
How much does a graduate student ticket cost?
On game day, a graduate student may purchase a ticket for $5. Make sure to ask for the
graduate student ticket pricing and be prepared to show your student ID.
Can graduate students get the jerseys too?
No. This is an undergraduate student promotion.
How were the games chosen for this series?
Games were chosen based on date, popularity, resources, and a variety of other factors.
While every team is not included in this series, every team will get publicity outside of
the Defend the Bren Series.