Ticket sales on rise for USF men's basketball
The 2012-13 season opener is still more than four months away for USF men's basketball, but the Bulls, riding the buzz of their NCAA Tournament run and a newly renovated Sun Dome, have already sold more season tickets than in any of the last three seasons.
The Bulls won't even make season tickets available to the public until Wednesday, but the early returns from existing ticketholders and boosters is promising, with 1,155 season tickets sold as of Friday, already 19 percent higher than the final count for last season (968), when the Bulls played their home games off-campus, primarily at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. They're also ahead of the 2010-11 final count in the Sun Dome, when there were 1,139 sold.
"It's impressive, the amount of people that want to buy tickets -- that lower bowl is almost completely gone, especially the middle section. We only have the end zone and the upper level," coach Stan Heath said Friday. "I'm ecstatic about the way the Sun Dome has turned out."
USF has announced an 18-game home schedule, including the arena's grand re-opening Nov. 10 against future Big East rival Central Florida. The Bulls this week learned the four "mirror" opponents they'll play twice in Big East play this spring, and all four are strong traditional powers: Louisville, Connecticut, Villanova and Marquette. The home Big East schedule also includes top draws Georgetown, Notre Dame and Syracuse.
More basketball notes coming later in the weekend ...