Basketball Season Ticket Sales Soaring|
Sept. 24, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas -
By Jeremiah Washington for texastech.com
The 2010-2011 Texas Tech basketball season is a little less than a couple of months away but that is not stopping Red Raider fans for snatching up season tickets in record numbers. Season tickets for the men's basketball team have already outsold last year's season ticket numbers and the Lady Raiders are not far behind from outselling their previous number.
There have been 3,887 season tickets sold so far for the men's basketball team, compared to last year's number of 3,705. On the women's side, sales for the Lady Raiders have already reached 2,771 season tickets sold, which is close to outselling last year's number of 2,846. With this being one of the best renewal rates for Texas Tech basketball, it seems to be an early, positive sign of many Red Raider fans filling up the United Spirit Arena who are anticipating the teams return to the court.
One of the reasons fans may be grabbing season tickets at a faster pace is due to the new lowered price in ticket sales. This season the PSL program will no longer be available and fans will have the opportunity to purchase seats at any lower-level section in the arena for a lower cost. Men's basketball season tickets are $275 and the women's basketball tickets are priced at $175. These enticing new prices make it more affordable for fans to cheer on the Red Raiders on game day.
"Prices are lower," said ticket manager David Welsh. "It's a lower overall price. You don't normally see prices go down."
Last season prices in the lower level section of the arena were priced between $580-$710 for men and $490-$575 for women. This season ticket buyers can also have the opportunity to purchase the brand new 3-Point Option, which gives Texas Tech fans some exciting "enhanced" incentives.
"The 3-Point Option is more affordable on the whole. It gives the same benefits and increases other benefit options," said Welsh. "It really is an enhanced experience."
As part of the 3-Point Option, fans who purchase will have access to Club Red, a new grill and bar located on the east side of the arena. The brand new grill and bar will be open during pre-game, halftime and after the game for fans to enjoy. Also fans can purchase parking at a discounted price and have the right to renew their seats before anybody else. Another plus in purchasing the 3-Point Option is the fans will be able to receive email notifications to purchase concert tickets at the United Spirit Arena in advance.
Pat Knight and the Red Raiders, who made it to the NIT Tournament last season, start non-conference play at the United Spirit Arena on November 12, against Louisiana-Monroe. Meanwhile Kristy Curry and the Lady Raiders, who also made it to the NIT last season, get a bit of an earlier start with their non-conference schedule starting November 7, facing Angelo State. Both teams are returning standout players from last season.
By the look of increasing ticket sales and returning star players for both squads, this Texas Tech basketball season is poised and ready to be a loud, red, and rowdy season.