Within an hour after single game tickets for the 2007-2008 men’s basketball season went on sale Thursday morning at 8 a.m., the reserve tickets for the Sam Houston State Texas Tech game sold out.
The reserve seats are the lower level seats and courtside seats at the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum and also include sponsor seats and seats for season ticket holders. It is estimated that around 350 to 360 of these seats were sold for the Texas Tech game.
The tickets sold for $15 a seat for what is expected to be one of the most hyped games to come to Huntsville in quite some time.
“A lot of people want to watch us play against the winningest coach in college basketball history,” SHSU head basketball coach Bob Marlin said of Texas Tech coaching legend Bobby Knight, who is as famous for his explosive temper as he is for having won 890 career games in stops at Army, Indiana, and Texas Tech.
With such a famous coach coming to Huntsville, this has no doubt been one of the quickest sell-outs for a single game for SHSU basketball. Officials in the Sam Houston State athletic ticket office said that they actually had to open another reserve section just to meet the high demand for this game. Capacity at the Coliseum is 6,100 and it has never sold out for a men’s basketball game.
Students will be able to get their tickets closer to game day on November 14th. The ticket office is currently working on a new ticket system for basketball games. “The new system will be similar to the way football tickets work,” said Lance Wallace of the ticket office.
Facing a team coached by someone of Bob Knight’s stature can be difficult, but SHSU has had success against Knight before. In 2001, the Bearkats handed Knight his first loss as coach of the Red Raiders. Said Coach Marlin, “our guys will come out and give a great effort and make some plays and hopefully we can win.”