Aug. 27, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
With approximately three months remaining until the start of the 2010-11 basketball season, Purdue has already sold more than 13,000 season tickets for the upcoming campaign.
As of Aug. 27, season-ticket sales number 13,125, including more than 1,000 new orders. Purdue has sold 8,125 season tickets to staff and the public, already surpassing last year's total of 8,097. All 5,000 season tickets allocated to students through the VIP All Sport Card program have also been sold.
More than 2,500 season tickets have been ordered via the online option at purduesports.com, accounting for more than 30 percent of the total sales.
Season tickets are available to the public for $394 for the upper arena, while Purdue faculty and staff may purchase season tickets in the upper arena for $315. Tickets for the lower arena will be renewed or filled by John Purdue Club members based on priority points.
Friday is the deadline for priority seating for the 2010-11 season. Season-ticket allotment and any requested improvements in seating will be made based on availability and in accordance with the John Purdue Club priority point system.
Season tickets may be purchased after the priority seating deadline, but orders received after Aug. 27 will not be guaranteed requested seat allocations or improvements.
In addition to season tickets for the action at Mackey Arena, various tournament tickets are also on sale through the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office.
Purdue has already sold more than 800 all-session passes for the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held at Conseco from March 10-13. Lower level/club all-session tickets are available for $300 and upper level all-session passes are available at a cost of $220.
The Purdue men will take on Indiana State and the women will face Auburn in a one-year return of the Boilermaker BlockBuster on Dec. 18. Tickets for the BlockBuster are available for $40 in the lower level, $30 in the club level, $25 in the upper level and $10 for Purdue students.
Tickets are also available for the Chicago Invitational Challenge at a cost of $92 for an all-session lower pass and $62 for an all-session upper pass. Each ticket guarantees admission to all eight games at the Sears Centre Arena over the course of the weekend.
An average of 13,681 fans came out to Mackey Arena to watch Purdue play in 2009-10, marking the second year in a row that the program has drawn an average of more than 13,500 spectators per contest. The Boilermakers posted a 14-2 home mark a year ago to run their record to 70-12 (.854) in Matt Painter's five-year tenure as head coach.
Purdue returns three starters and more than 70 percent of its points, rebounds and blocks from a team that finished last season with a program record-tying 29 wins, captured a share of its first Big Ten championship in 14 years and advanced to its second-consecutive NCAA Sweet 16.
Tickets may be purchased online at purduesports.com, by calling (800) 49-SPORT or in person at the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office. Located on the ground floor of the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility, the Athletic Ticket Office is open for business from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday.