Details about the Drury Men’s Basketball team’s return to Springfield

Team will arrive on Tuesday, April 9

Noon: Plane arrives at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. The plane will be unloaded on the general aviation side of the airport, not the main terminal. Unloading will be at the south end of the old terminal, located at 5000 W. Kearney.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department will escort the team bus back to Drury.

12:15 p.m.: Fans who would like to greet the team will gather outside of the O’Reilly Family Event Center to prepare for the team’s arrival.

12:30 p.m.: Team arrives at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

  • Bus will pull up on Summit Street in front of O’Reilly.
  • Fans will form a human tunnel up the stairs to the main entrance of O’Reilly.
  • The team will go through the tunnel and enter the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
  • There will be a podium inside the O’Reilly Family Event Center lobby for media to place microphones.
  • President Todd Parnell will welcome everyone.
  • Coach Steve Hesser and some of the players will share their thoughts after winning Drury’s first NCAA-II basketball title.

Drury University is working with the City of Springfield to plan a celebration to recognize the three Drury teams that won three national championships in less than a month: Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving on March 9, and Men’s Basketball on April 7. The date and details of that celebration will be announced at a later date.

*Note: Times for arrival at airport and O’Reilly are approximate.