HACKENSACK -- This Saturday has been selected as "Hackensack Day," when residents of Hackensack will receive free admission to both Fairleigh Dickinson University Knights basketball games. The doubleheader begins with the women's basketball team hosting Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds at 2:00pm, followed by the men's basketball team hosting the Bryant University Bulldogs at 4:30pm.

The decision to offer free admission to all Hackensack residents was made during a meeting last weekend between Fairleigh Dickinson University Director of Athletics David Langford, Associate Athletic Director Valerie Gomez and Hackensack Deputy Mayor Dave Sims. 

"FDU sits right on the border of Hackensack, and a great number of students frequent Hackensack businesses. Making Hackensack more accessible for students is a big win-win, and I am confident that my colleagues on the City Council, Mayor Labrosse and the FDU administration will continue to build a stronger relationship," said Deputy Mayor Sims. "Moving forward, I am confident the University will open its doors to provide great resources to all of the youth recreation clubs in the City of Hackensack."

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"FDU Director of Athletics David Langford and I are thrilled to not only reconnect FDU to its Hackensack neighbors by inviting them to these games as our special guests, but also work with Deputy Mayor Sims to create new opportunities and partnerships moving forward," said Gomez.

 In the spring, FDU will invite Hackensack residents to free baseball and softball games. The date or dates of these games has not been determined. TAPinto will provide additional details when they become available.