Oct. 23, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
With three weeks remaining before the first regular-season game of the 2009-10 campaign tips off, Purdue men's basketball has already surpassed its season-ticket count from a year ago and a limited amount of season passes are still available.
As of Oct. 23, 13,745 season tickets had been purchased for the upcoming campaign, nearly 300 better than the final count of 13,477 from the 2008-09 season. The public and staff season ticket count has already reached 8,045, which surpasses the 2008-09 final total by nearly 300 tickets and counting.
Season tickets are still available to the general public for $358 for the upper arena, and Purdue faculty and staff may purchase season tickets for $287 in the same location.
All 5,000 season tickets available to Purdue students through the VIP All Sport Card program have been sold, and all 1,779 general admission tickets have been distributed to Paint Crew members. VIP card holders who did not receive general admission tickets were assigned reserved tickets in the upper arena.
Additional student season tickets, which include all home games except the Boilermakers' contests with Central Michigan (11/28), SIU-Edwardsville (12/22), West Virginia (1/1) and Minnesota (1/5), are still available at a cost of $140.
All Purdue students, regardless of the location of their seats, are eligible to sign up for the Paint Crew for a $15 membership fee. Benefits of Paint Crew membership include official t-shirt, preseason and postseason parties with the team, road trips and watch parties, among others.
Single-game ticket sales began on Oct. 15 for John Purdue Club members, with five games - Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan State and Indiana - already sold out. The Boilers' ACC/Big Ten Challenge showdown with Wake Forest on Dec. 1 is also close to a capacity crowd, as less than 250 tickets remaining.
Sales will open to the general public on Nov. 2. Tickets for the Boilermakers' two exhibition games are available for $11 each, while single-game tickets for regular-season non-conference games will cost $22 and Big Ten contests will cost $26 each.
An average of 13,708 fans came out to Mackey Arena to watch Purdue play in 2008-09, the program's highest mark since the 1998-99 campaign. The Boilermakers posted a 15-3 home mark a year ago to run their record to 56-10 in Matt Painter's
four-year tenure as head coach.
The Boilermakers return all five starters and more than 80 percent of its points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals from a team that finished last season with a 27-10 record, won the program's first-ever Big Ten Tournament championship and advanced to its first NCAA Sweet 16 in nearly a decade.
Tickets are available online at purduesports.com, or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 49-SPORT.