News | August 07, 2015

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Men’s basketball among hottest tickets in nation

Men’s basketball continues to be a hot ticket at FGCU, with the Eagles ranking among the nation’s elite last year in terms of attendance, and the trend is likely to continue in 2015-16 with several marquee opponents set to make their way to Alico Arena.

Fans can now secure prime seats to witness one of fewer than 50 programs in the nation to have won at least 20 games each of the past three years. All club seating is already sold out for the 2015-16 season, but seats are still available in these packages:

  • Priority 1: $299 (limited amount remaining)
  • Priority 2: $233 (limited amount remaining)
  • Priority 3: $173
  • General Admission: $139

For reserved seating, membership to the Eagles Club may be required depending on priority level. The Eagles Club is the official booster organization for FGCU Athletics and provides financial support for each of the Eagles’ 15 Division-I programs. For a detailed seating map and additional ticket information, visit FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. To secure season tickets now, call the FGCU Ticket Office at 239-590-7145 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by emailing [email protected]

“We’re extremely appreciative of the support we receive at Alico, which makes The Nest the absolute best home-court advantage in the A-Sun,” said head coach Joe Dooley. “Our season-ticket base is especially important to us, and I want everyone to know what a profound impact they have on each and every game. We’re looking forward to continuing that tradition into next season.”

Season-ticket packages include 17 home contests during the regular season, representing approximately a 33-percent savings over the single-game ticket price (single-game sales begin Oct. 1). Included in those games at The Nest are three non-conference opponents who ranked in the top-85 of the RPI last year, a pair of Atlantic 10 Conference members and the round-robin pre-Thanksgiving Hilton Garden Inn FGCU Classic.

Among the notable non-conference home docket opponents are Bowling Green, Massachusetts, South Dakota State, Louisiana Tech and La Salle. View the most up-to-date 2015-16 schedule here.

Fans filled Alico last year to a capacity of 97.6 percent, ranking 20th in the nation and ahead of such notable institutions as Louisville (22nd, 97.2 percent), Michigan (23rd, 96.9 percent), Virginia (29th, 93.6 percent), Indiana (30th, 93.2 percent), Florida (33rd, 91.5 percent) and North Carolina (34th, 90 percent).

With a seating capacity of 4,333, an average of 4,229 fans flocked to Alico each game day — an average that by far led the Atlantic Sun Conference and ranked ahead of several BCS institutions, including Washington State (3,190), USC (3,552) and TCU (4,123). The average was the third-highest in the state, behind only UF (10,570), FSU (6,703) and Miami (5,111), as the Eagles produced the most wins of any Division-I team in Florida last year – 22, tied with A-Sun brethren UNF.