Nov. 4, 2013
PITTSBURGH--Prior to beginning its inaugural year of Atlantic Coast Conference competition, the University of Pittsburgh athletic department announced on Monday that it has sold out its allotment of men's basketball season tickets for the 12th consecutive season. Pitt opens its 2013-14 season against Savannah State on Friday evening at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET for an ESPN3 broadcast.
"It's a perfect way to enter our new home in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 12th consecutive sold out season," Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon said. "Once again, it's a tremendous accomplishment. Only a handful of NCAA Division I basketball programs are fortunate enough to enjoy this level of support each year. It is a testament to our fans, the university community and the city of Pittsburgh."
This year Pitt was able to sell more season tickets than in prior seasons, since ACC rules reduced the number of tickets available to opponents. Half of that allotment was sold as season tickets this season with the other half being offered on a single game basis to waiting list members.
Pitt Basketball has enjoyed a string of 205 consecutive regular season home sellouts dating back to a January 12, 2002 Fitzgerald Field House game vs. Notre Dame. All 198 regular season games at the Petersen Events Center have been sold out. In addition, Pitt has a total of 11,000 names on its season ticket waiting list.
Pitt opens its 12th season in the Petersen Events Center where it has amassed a 180-22 all-time record and .891 winning percentage. The .891 winning percentage ranks as the third-best winning percentage among current NCAA Division I basketball arenas and rates as the nation's seventh best current homecourt winning percentage since 2002-03. The Petersen Events Center has been ranked among the nation's top-10 best college basketball arenas in several categories including loudest venues (6th, ESPN Magazine), toughest places to play for an opponent (7th, Bleacher Report), best game-day atmospheres (2nd, USA Today) and best overall college basketball arenas (8th, ESPN.com). In addition, the Oakland Zoo has earned the reputation of being rated one of the nation's top college basketball student cheering sections.
In a preseason ACC media poll, Pitt was picked to finish sixth out of 15 conference schools. Pitt returns three starters and two of its top three scorers from a team that finished 24-9 overall and advanced to its 11th NCAA Tournament in the last 12 seasons.