Sept. 6, 2006
AUBURN - Auburn has restructured the student ticket policy and student section for the 2006-07 season to encourage student involvement at Tiger basketball games and to improve the game-day environment at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum. This season, the first 500 AU students will be admitted free to men's and women's basketball games and a new seating arrangement will allow Auburn students to take ownership of the risers adjacent to the benches in the lower portion of sections 1, 2, 10, 11, and 12.
"We appreciate Auburn students and their support of Auburn athletics," said Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs. "As a former Auburn student, I would have loved to have cheered courtside for the Tigers and feel our students deserve the opportunity. Our goal is to provide Auburn basketball teams a homecourt advantage each time they step on the court and feel the students' courtside presence will enhance the game day atmosphere."
With the implementation of the first 500 students being admitted for free to all Auburn Basketball home games, student tickets will only be available on a game-by-game basis, eliminating student season tickets.
Individual game tickets will be available at 9 a.m. CT the business day prior to each home basketball game at the ticket office inside the Coliseum and will be free for the first 500 students with a valid ID and $2 each after that. Tickets will be available starting on Friday for any weekend games.
"Students are a vital part of the atmosphere inside the Coliseum, and they can make a big difference in the way we play," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "Our team feeds off the energy in the building."
Students will be given a color-coded wristband that is dated for the specific game. The free wristbands will be available during regular ticket office hours and at the upper East Coliseum entrance 90 minutes prior to tip-off while supplies last.
"The change should be great because the students will be right on top of us where they can yell and distract the opponent," said junior guard Frank Tolbert. "It is going to be exciting to see all of our students wearing orange shirts and jumping up and down and going crazy. I can't wait for our first home game."
Students not receiving one of the 500 free wristbands may purchase a ticket for $2 at the ticket office or at the student gate prior to each game. Only cash and the Tiger Club Card will be accepted at the student gate.
The student only entrance, located at the upper east side of the Coliseum, will open approximately 90 minutes prior to each home game. The lower level student section has been expanded to include over 500 student only seats in sections 1-2 behind the north basket and in sections 10-12 on the east sideline. Overflow student seating will be located in upper sections 1-9.
For holiday breaks or games that fall between semesters, students can pick up a free ticket at the student entrance starting 90 minutes before each game. These tickets will also be sold to the general public for a discounted rate during the holiday season. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning an hour before the game while supplies last. All tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only and will be limited to the amount of seats available in the allotted student sections.
Following a pair of exhibitions on Nov. 3 and Nov. 7, Auburn opens the 2006-07 season on Nov. 10 against Troy at 7 p.m. CT.