Oct. 30, 2006
AUBURN - Auburn head basketball coaches Jeff Lebo and Nell Fortner entertained nearly 100 students representing major campus organizations with a dinner Monday in the scholarship room in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.
Lebo and Fortner wanted to promote the upcoming season with the students and inform them of the new seating and ticket policy.
"Our students help give us a homecourt advantage, and they are a big part of our success," Lebo said. "We wanted to reach out to them to let them know that we have appreciated their support in the past and would like them to help spread the word that Auburn basketball is on the upswing."
Following a pair of free exhibition games Friday vs. Faulkner at 7 pm Central and Nov. 7 vs. AUM, the Auburn men open the season at home Nov. 10 against Troy. Auburn basketball season tickets are on sale for the 20-game home portion of the schedule for $205. Non-conference individual game tickets are $10 and Southeastern Conference game tickets are $15 except for the Florida and Alabama games, which are $20.
The Tigers will play host to eight NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago including defending national champion Florida, Final Four LSU, Pittsburgh and Texas A&M.
"I always enjoy the opportunity to be able to interact and speak to Auburn students," Fortner said. "I want to promote community on campus, and I feel that can be built at our basketball games with the student body. I encourage our students to come out and support our men's and women's team this year. There is nothing like coming out of the tunnel before the game or having a down-to-the-wire game and hearing the crowd cheering for you and the band playing the fight song."
The Tiger women play host to Tuskegee Nov. 7 at 6 pm in an exhibition game doubleheader with the men. Auburn opens the season Nov. 10 at Western Carolina and returns for its home opener Nov. 15 vs. Alabama State. Please call 334.844.4040 or 1.800.AUB.1957 for ticket information or visit www.auburntigers.com.