October 18, 2014 at 11:02 pm #16105
Oddly, I kind of hope we do see a D3 game, as a pre-season exhibition. While the closed scrimmages are probably more valuable to the team, I’d (selfishly) love to get an early peek at this year’s squad.October 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm #16112
Princeton and Wagner in secret scrimmages FYI.October 19, 2014 at 1:14 pm #16119
Ah, rats. Sort of. Thanks for the info, Hoops.October 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm #16143
Don’t know when Lehigh will start selling their allotment, but did find that the PPL center is listing start for ‘nova ticket sales as 10am on 10/23. If we don’t see something from Lehigh before then, I might go that route.October 21, 2014 at 8:31 pm #16148
LU Press Release is out. As anticipated, he date and time for ticket release is this Thursday, Oct. 23rd at 10am. Tixs start at $18. LU Season Ticket Holders get first dibs at quality seats to be sold/distributed by University.October 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm #16149
D2/D3 Game? Highly doubtful – certainly not early on in our OOC play this year (5 games in 12 days to kickoff the season) but I, for one, don’t mind seeing game action of any type. I’m sure there are a few guys – guys important to the team – who would agree with me. Namely, our walk-ons and schollies that based on their play aren’t likely to see much action when the game “counts.” Guys like: Georgios Pilitsis, Cole Renniger, Devon Carter, and from yesteryear: Tyron Straggers, and Cory Goodman. They’re at the gym and in the weight room seven days a week, too. And, like the starters carry a full academic load. A reward of meaningful minutes in a D2/D3 contest makes great sense to me.
PS Last year, Georgoius, Cole and Devon saw a total of 47 minutes of playing time. Team Total: 6500. Their share: 0.7%October 24, 2014 at 2:05 am #16185
Bought four Villanova – Lehigh tickets at PPL Center website this morning. To start I asked the site for best seats available. Originally it gave me upper deck, which I didn’t like so I called the Lehigh box office. Not being a season ticket holder they advised their small allotment would go on sale soon, but based on initial phone interest from faculty & season tickters, the supply would be exhausted before non-season ticket alumni would get a shot. I went back to the PPL Center site and some how I was offered seats on the lower level, on one side, slightly past a basket. Not great seats but I grabbed ‘um at $140+ total cost.
Tonight I went back to the site out of curiosity to see what they had available, and they are apparently sold out. If Villanova sells their allotment this will be a capacity crowd. A college basketball game in downtown Allentown involving Lehigh, selling 8600+ seats? I never would have believed it.October 24, 2014 at 2:49 am #16186
Holy cow! Didn’t see that coming. Been still working out arrangements for that weekend, hoping to bring a budding hoopster nephew and maybe meet some other family. Just checked, and can only get singles at the moment. Will nail down my plans and call PPL center tomorrow. Thanks for the heads-up, jim72!
I wonder if this could be an error of some kind? It it’s legit, I hope it isn’t ALL ‘nova fans! I’m sure there’s some local excitement about the new venue, but day 1 sellout is still pretty shocking to me.October 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm #16193
Confirmed – just called PPL Center’s box office, only singles available. Maybe ‘nova will return some, if they don’t sell out their allocation? I’d be curious how many they got…October 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm #16200
Honestly, I’m not surprised by the quick sellout. Villanova sells out every regular season game at the Pavilion (6500 seats), there was high interest from Lehigh fans, and this is the first college basketball game ever at the arena. Besides, Stabler Arena, while convenient parking-wise, isn’t exactly an inspiring basketball venue.
Assuming the game goes well, the important thing the PPL Center does is potentially give Lehigh (and to a lesser degree Lafayette) the opportunity to bring a name program to the Lehigh Valley for a game. It probably wouldn’t be a Duke, Syracuse, or Connecticut, but it could be a Georgetown, Temple, or VCU. It could also raise the profile of the Lehigh/Lafayette rivalry in basketball if any Mountain Hawks/Leopards games are moved to the new arena.October 25, 2014 at 12:02 am #16201
There’s a piece I don’t quite get, to all of this. Why are these programs OK with coming to Allentown, but not to Stabler? I understand that Stabler is not a great hoops venue – but something bigger is going on. Did ‘nova’s take from this game go up dramatically, by playing as home in PPL? Hard to imagine that the $ are big enough to be significant to them.
What am I missing?October 25, 2014 at 12:42 am #16202
Since Nova is the home team and controls the tickets, didn’t they get the great majority of them to offer to their fans?
I wouldn’t be surprised if they return some as it gets close to game day.
As to why Allentown and not Stabler, maybe Nova would consider Stabler if LU agreed to give Nova 95% of the tickets and let them keep a significant amount of the revenue – which is what is happening in Allentown.October 25, 2014 at 12:46 am #16203
Thanks, as always 137. I really didn’t think the $ could be significant, but I stand corrected.October 25, 2014 at 1:29 am #16204
To me Penn State would be another logical opponent for us at PPL. For years PSU has tried to raise the profile of the basketball program outside of Centre County. They have a huge alumni base here and throughout the state. This new facility is arguably the best outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Just makes sense for both programs, not to mention for a new arena looking to sell tickets when there’s no Hockey or Neil Diamond. And by the way the Nits may have already set up a test with their Drexel game here 12/20.
And a question for Bison137; how close were you folks to moving your home game against them to PPL this year? That was a hot rumor early on. My dad (God rest his soul) went to Bucknell for pre-dental. I’m sure he still smiles every time you beat them, now that they finally have the guts to schedule you regularly again.October 25, 2014 at 1:36 am #16205
As much as I like what it could do for the program, local fan support, etc. – if ‘nova actually got anything close to 95% of tix (and revenue), that’s hard to swallow.
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