Oct. 17, 2011
PITTSBURGH--Head Coach Jamie Dixon, Athletic Director Steve Pederson and the Pitt men's basketball team held a dinner to thank several of its loyal season ticketholders Sunday evening at the University of Pittsburgh's University Club.
Sixteen season ticketholders were selected randomly to attend the hour-long dinner with all 15 members of the Pitt Basketball team. Those in attendance had the unique opportunity to meet and converse with each men's basketball player and coaching staff member. Dixon spoke about each student-athlete to the attendees while Pitt players presented season ticket packages to those in attendance.
Pitt's basketball fans have played a key role in the program's outstanding home court success. Pitt owns a 149-12 overall record (.925 winning percentage) and 65-11 Big East slate (.855 winning percentage) in the Petersen Events Center. Entering its 10th season in the Petersen Events Center, all 161 games have been sold out. Furthermore, Pitt has a season ticket waiting list of over 9,000 names. Pitt currently has sold out 168 consecutive home games dating back to a January 12, 2002 Fitzgerald Field House contest against Notre Dame.
"You have these great fans who attend all of our games, yet, sometimes they don't actually get to meet and see the players in person that they are so supportive of," Pitt Athletic Director Steve Pederson said. "The Oakland Zoo is made up of our students, so they get a chance to interact with our players on a daily basis. Our goal with the event was to thank our loyal season ticketholders and to give all of these other people the opportunity meet our student-athletes and coaches up close."
"This was Mr. Pederson's idea," Dixon said. "He called me about it a couple days ago and said he wanted to do something special for the fans. It was just random fans, not ones with front row seats, but fans that have been there from the opening of the Petersen Events Center. We wanted to thank them in a small way for all of their support. With all of our sellouts here at Pitt, we have a unique situation. It's not like this anywhere else."
Pitt returns two starters and seven of its top-10 letterwinners from a squad that won the Big East regular season title outright with a 15-3 record, finished 28-6 overall, garnered a No. 1 seed upon entering the NCAA Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive season.
Pitt will host its Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair, Fan Fest and Blue-Gold Men's Basketball Scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Petersen Events Center. The Fan Fest/Maggie Dixon Heart Health Fair begins at 2:30 p.m. while the scrimmage will tipoff at 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public for both events. Free parking is available in the OC Lot. This is also the first opportunity for media and fans to view the 2011-12 Pitt men's basketball team.
Pitt men's basketball season tickets are sold out. Fans may join the basketball season ticket waiting list by contacting the University of Pittsburgh Ticket Office at (800) 643-PITT or (412) 648-PITT or visiting www.pittsburghpanthers.com.
PITT BASKETBALL: AMAZING ATTENDANCE
A Pitt men's basketball game has become the toughest ticket in town. Consider the following:
*Pitt begins its 10th year of basketball in the Petersen Events Center.
*Pitt has sold out the 12,508-seat Petersen Events Center in each of its first nine years and 161 games in operation.
*Pitt Basketball currently has a season ticket waiting list of over 9,000 names.
*Pitt currently has a string of 168 consecutive home sellouts dating back to a January 12, 2002 game against Notre Dame.
*Pitt surpassed the one million fan mark for attendance on Nov. 27, 2007 vs. Boston University and upon entering the 2009-10 season, has had 1,736,827 fans attend games in the Petersen Events Center.
*In 2008-09, Pitt set a school record for total home attendance (212,682 in 19 games).