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FGCU Basketball Select Season, Individual Game and Mini Pack Tickets Available Monday
Monday, September 16, 2013 | by Jason MacBain (@JaBain)
Season tickets, mini-plan packages and single-game tickets are now on sale at Alico Arena.
Season tickets, mini-plan packages and single-game tickets are now on sale at Alico Arena.

Alico Arena Ticket Office Information
Ticket purchasing and information can be acquired by calling 239-590-7145, visiting the Ticket Office Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets.

DUNK CITY, Fla. – Coming off the most successful year in FGCU basketball history, fans will have an expanded opportunity to become season ticket holders and witness first-hand one of the most exciting, unique brands of college basketball anywhere in the country.

With season ticket sales at record levels and more than doubled from a year ago, additional Priority 2 reserved seats have been created to meet the growing demand. In turn, a limited number are still available for the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball seasons; Club Level is sold out, while mid court Priority 1 are nearly gone and remaining Priority 2 options are disappearing quickly.

“Our belief is that between now and Sept. 30 we can approach a reserved season-ticket sellout by finalizing sales on Priority 1 and new Priority 2 seating, giving our basketball programs a stronger-than-ever home atmosphere,” said Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “With the creation of additional Priority 2 areas we are working toward an eventual goal to reach the point of establishing all of Alico Arena as reserved seating, beyond our student sections.”

In addition to the limited season tickets remaining, general admission single-game tickets and new mini-plan packages for the 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball seasons go on sale tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 16.

With the exception of FGCU’s home-opening "Breakfast at the Beach" nationally televised contest on ESPN2 against Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 a.m., and the women's game versus Jacksonville on Feb. 23 all men’s and women’s games have been packaged into four tiers to provided added options and savings for fans, in addition to single-game purchases. The grouping and price scale is as follows:

MEN'S BASKETBALL MINI PACKS
GREEN PACK ($20) BLUE PACK ($25) WHITE PACK ($30) RAINING 3's ($9 with purchase of Women's Raining 3's Package)
Eckerd (Nov. 18) Iona (Dec. 1) USC Upstate (Jan. 16) Samford (Dec. 14)
Ave Maria (Nov. 23) ETSU (Jan. 18) Stetson (Jan. 31) Northern Kentucky (Dec. 30)
Mercer (Feb. 21) Kennesaw State (Feb. 23) Jacksonville (Feb. 6) Lipscomb (Jan. 1)
North Florida (Feb. 8)  
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MINI PACKS
GREEN PACK ($20) BLUE PACK ($25) WHITE PACK ($30) RAINING 3's
Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 12) Charlotte (Nov. 20) USF (Dec. 4) Saint Francis (Pa.) (Dec. 20)
ETSU (Jan. 9) Virginia (Dec. 21) Stetson (Jan. 4) Saint Joseph's (Dec. 29)
Mercer (Feb. 13) Lipscomb (Feb. 27) USC Upstate (Jan. 11)  
Kennesaw State (Jan. 1)   North Florida (Jan. 25)  

Mini-packs and single-game tickets are available in general-admission seating, which includes the south end baseline sections opposite of the student body and the upper sideline bleachers: sections A, AA, B, BB, C, T, U, V, VV, EEE, FFF, GGG. A detailed map of Alico Arena is on the right.

“We greatly appreciate our loyal Eagles Club members, season-ticket holders and corporate sponsors stepping up to support us, but we also realize that we have more work to do to continue to generate the much needed additional resources to support our terrific coaches and student-athletes. The new creation of mini packs throughout the entire year is a great way we can do that,” added Kavanagh.

Adult single-game tickets for both men’s and women’s contests start at $10 for general admission, $16 for Priority 2 and $22 for Priority 1 seats (the latter two based upon availability after season tickets). Discounts for single-game seats are available for youth, families, FGCU faculty and staff, active military and groups.

If available, remaining Priority 1 and Priority 2 single-game seats will go on sale Sept. 30, while general admission single tickets and mini packs go on sale today, Sept. 16.

The men’s “Breakfast at the Beach” home opener is part of ESPN’s 24-Hour Tipoff Marathon. The women’s home opener is later that night against Bethune-Cookman, and fans holding tickets for the men’s contest will be admitted free with a general admission ticket. The men will unveil their Sweet 16 banner in the morning, while the women will receive their Atlantic Sun Regular-Season Championship watches at halftime of the men’s game. Then, at halftime of the women’s game, the men’s A-Sun Championship banner will be dropped and the guys will ceremoniously be given their history-setting Sweet 16 rings.

Last year, the FGCU men’s and women’s basketball teams combined for 53 wins. Only three other schools in the nation boasted at least 26 wins by each program: Duke, Louisville and Gonzaga. Combined, the victories total was the 9th-best total in the country.

On the men’s side, FGCU returns four starters from a team that earned the moniker “Dunk City” after going 26-11, knocking off eventual ACC Champion Miami and becoming the first in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16 as a No. 15 seed, after victories over second-seeded Georgetown and seventh-seeded San Diego State – throwing down numerous highlight-reel dunks in the process. The team also earned an ESPY for "Best Upset of the Year.” Junior Brett Comer (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) has been named by Bleacher Report as one of the Top-10 Most Exciting Players for the 2013-14 season, while senior Chase Fieler (Parkersburg, W. Va./Parkersburg South HS) has been tabbed as one of the Top-20 Mid-Major Stars for the upcoming year by the same outlet. Junior Bernard Thompson (Conyers, Ga./Rockdale County HS) is also the defending A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year after finishing second in the nation in total steals. Also, new head coach Joe Dooley takes over the helm after serving the past 10 years at Kansas, where he was considered one of the top assistants in the nation.

For the women, redshirt senior and Second Team Academic All American Sarah Hansen (McKean, Pa./General McLane HS) returns as the reigning A-Sun Player of the Year and FGCU’s all-time leading scorer. She led the Eagles to a 27-7 mark in 2012-13 as they earned a third-consecutive regular-season title and became the first team in A-Sun history to go undefeated (18-0) in league play back-to-back seasons. The Green and Blue – who also have led the nation in 3-pointers made each of the past two years – advanced to the postseason (WNIT) for the sixth straight year, extending the longest consecutive postseason streak in NCAA history for a new Division-I program. Included in their victories last season, were wins over the likes of NCAA Sweet 16 participant LSU, NCAA Tournament qualifier Hampton, ACC member Virginia Tech, and perennial mid-major power Richmond. Amongst home opponents in 2013-14 are Virginia and 2013 NCAA Tournament participants USF and Saint Joseph’s.