What a difference a year makes.
Season-ticket sales for Georgia State’s men’s basketball team have increased by 59 percent to 378 compared to last year’s 238 sold as of Oct. 18.
Coach Run Hunter guided the team to a 22-12 record last season in his first year as coach. The 22 wins the second-highest total in program history.
“The success of the program certainly helps us expose the product to more people,” assistant athletic director Tiffany Daniels said in an e-mail. ” They come to the Sports Arena and are blown away by the atmosphere created by our loyal season ticket holders, our students and the quality game experience. Add to that a dynamic coach in Ron Hunter…he gets it and beats the drum better than anyone.”
Daniels also credited improved coordination between the marketing and sales staffs to helping improve the sales.
Within the 378 season-tickets sold are 118 new sales, which is a 461-perceent increase compared to last year.
Sales of flex ticket plans have also increased to 22, compared to 11 packages sold at this time last year.
Some price-levels were increased this year, notably court-side seats, which saw a 100-percent increase to $1,000. GSU has sold 10 of them, compared to eight all of last year. The price for lower-level season-tickets stayed at $145 for current customers. That price increased to $165 for new customers. Mezzanine-level season-tickets stayed at $105 for current customers, and to $115 for new customers.
This year’s team must replace four starters from last year’s team that either graduated or used their eligibility. The team will have an open practice from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday and will open the season at Duke on Nov. 9.
Single-game tickets go on sale Monday.
Season tickets and flex plans can be purchased by calling 866-GA-State.
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu