BOULDER — The start of the 2012-13 men’s basketball season is still over two weeks away, and fans of the University of Colorado are still sky high after the success the Buffaloes enjoyed in their first season in the Pac-12 Conference which yielded a postseason championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
The excitement that has carried over since last March is evident in season ticket sales: as of 11 a.m. Tuesday when CU ticket officials ran the latest numbers, the season ticket count for the upcoming season stood at 5,005 – easily a record for Buff basketball and a 27 percent increase over last season’s total of 3,941, which had set the school mark.
Since moving to the Coors Events Center for the 1978-79 season, the Buffaloes had never eclipsed 4,000 in public season ticket sales for men’s basketball; it spiked several times around 3,800. And when factoring in seating for 2,500 students, almost 7,500 seats are presently accounted at the Coors Events Center, which has a capacity of 11,043.
Colorado set a home attendance record last year, averaging 7,804 fans for 16 dates at Coors; it’s 9,160 average for nine home Pac-12 Conference games was the second highest average for a league season to the 9,809 the year before, CU’s final season in the Big 12. And the numbers have been growing for more than just one season; under coach Tad Boyle, the Buffs have enjoyed their best back-to-back years in attendance numbers ever (7,365 average), surpassing the 1982-83 and 1983-84 teams under Tom Apke (7,287 over those two seasons).
The highest per game average for CU’s previous basketball home, Balch Fieldhouse, was 5,533 for nine games during the 1954-55 season, coincidentally the last time the Buffaloes advanced to the NCAA’s Final Four. Balch’s configuration was changed through the years, and many patrons were admitted on a standing room only basis; but the public season ticket best for building never topped out over 3,000.
The Buffaloes have launched their 2012-13 basketball season ticket campaign entitled, “Don’t Miss Your Favorite Moment This Season.” It encourages fans to get in on the action and purchase season tickets now to guarantee their presence at the Coors Events Center, “Because you never know when your favorite moment will happen.” The campaign includes a series of television commercials and special extended videos featuring fans, players and coaches re-counting their favorite memories from last season, when the Buffs captured the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Tournament and advanced to the third round of the NCAA tournament. The first of those were released through CU’s social media outlets beginning Monday.
In addition, season ticket holders for the men’s and women’s teams will get the first opportunity to purchase single game tickets during an exclusive online pre-sale to any of CU’s men’s 15 home games and the women’s 17 home games this Thursday morning. Season tickets are still available starting as low as $60 and provide the best way to get access to the lowest pricing and best seat locations available.
Colorado’s social media followers and newsletter subscribers will also get early access to purchase single game tickets through an online pre-sale beginning Thursday afternoon.
All single game tickets will then go on sale to the public Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. This years’ schedule includes Front Range rivals Air Force and Colorado State in non-league play, plus nine Pac-12 Conference league games, including Arizona, ranked No. 11 in the preseason, and the first visits by conference rivals UCLA (No. 13) and Southern California, the two schools who missed coming to Boulder last season.