The UI Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is creating a season ticket wait list for the 2006-07 men's basketball season.
Aug. 3, 2006
Due to the popularity of the University of Illinois men's basketball program, the UI Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is creating a season ticket wait list for the 2006-07 season.
Illinois is one of only two programs to have won 25 or more games in each of the past six seasons. With interest in Coach Bruce Weber's program continuing to climb, the DIA will now collect information from those who would like to acquire season tickets in the future.
Fans interested should click here to add their name to the Fighting Illini men's basketball season ticket waiting list. Each fan can only request up to four season tickets due to the overwhelming demand.
All current season ticket holders will have the opportunity to renew their men's basketball season tickets before they are made available to people on the wait list. Men's basketball renewal information will be mailed in late summer.
"The wait list serve a number of purposes," Assistant Director of Athletics Chris Hanna said. "It will reinforce the value of our season tickets to the current ticket holders. It will provide an additional level of customer service to individuals that would like season tickets by allowing us to identify them for the few opportunities that come available each year. Also, having a quantifiable number for public demand will allow us to better tell the story of Coach Weber's program and the elite national status enjoyed by Illinois basketball."
Assembly Hall has been sold out for 28 consecutive Fighting Illini men's basketball home games. Seats in the "A" section have been renewed at nearly a 100 percent clip over the past five years. In section "B," seats have been renewed at nearly a 97 percent clip over that same period. The "C" section has sold out for two straight seasons.
Illinois has earned a reputation for its Orange Krush student section as well. The group not only helps create one of the greatest home court advantages in the nation, but it also makes its presence felt on the road. National sports publications, including Sports Illustrated, consistently rate the Orange Krush among an elite class of student groups across the country.
Demand for men's basketball season tickets far exceeded the student section's capacity last season. About 2,000 students who wished to own basketball season tickets were turned back. The public demand also continues to outpace the Assembly Hall capacity. The new wait list will allow the DIA to quantify that demand.
"When you're flipping channels during basketball season and you see that unmistakable sea of Orange, people know the Fighting Illini are center stage," Hannah said. "What's even more impressive is the fact our crowd travels with such loyalty and pride in wearing their orange that you can easily spot our fans on the road as well. Our fans clearly contribute to Illinois' status as one of America's elite men's basketball programs."