October 25, 2014 at 1:54 am #16208
Todd, I think the arena is getting a good chunk…..Then’Nova, then us.October 25, 2014 at 1:59 am #16211
If that’s true, arena sold AMAZINGLY well on day 1.October 25, 2014 at 2:40 am #16215
Sorry. I meant revenue $$$, not tickets. I gotta think the house gets a cut of every ticket sold, plus the $5/ticket handling and $3/ticket service fee they charged me. I suppose these extra charges are to cover the expense they incur when I interact with their server on line. Then there was the $5/order “charge fee” (I guess for using a credit card (dah)) And the final indignation, a $2.50 “delivery cost” for the privilege of printing the tickets at home on my stationary. 4 tickets with $20 face value cost $ 119.50 total.October 25, 2014 at 2:53 am #16216
Holy crap. Lucky no baggage fee on top of that. Is PPL owned by an airline,I wonder.October 25, 2014 at 3:10 am #16217
Yeah, I’m with ya. I’ve never been charged a fee for “print at home” before. My $30 ticket ended up closer to $60 with fees and parking pass. You’re welcome, ‘nova.
No doubt that the house gets a nice cut on every ticket, plus the BS fees, plus parking deal.October 25, 2014 at 7:57 am #16218
Penn State is already playing Drexel at the PPL Center in December, which is why I didn’t mention the Nittany Lions. Really though, PSU basketball isn’t prominent and IMO doesn’t move the needle that much in the Lehigh Valley (saying that based on having grown up in the LV); Philly schools like Villanova, Temple, and possibly St. Joe’s move the needle more. That’s a big part of the reason why PSU is playing in Allentown, to raise its basketball profile in eastern Pennsylvania, especially south of the Blue Mountain.October 25, 2014 at 11:50 am #16219
One quick note that has been mentioned earlier; another portion of ‘Nova’s motivation to do this is Darren Hilliard. Senior team captain, graduate of Bethlehem Liberty High school, huge local favorite in Bethlehem-Easton area, and one of the few really big time college basketball players to come out of the Lehigh Valley recently. Nice gesture to get him in front of local friends and media. Ironically I know folks at work from Easton who plan to attend but may have trouble getting tickets.November 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm #16617
Note to self: pay attention when chip72 talks!!
I think Lehigh will play a D3 opponent, but which school that will be hasn’t been determined yet. That game will be added to the schedule at a later date.
11.30.14 / 2:00 PM / MEN’S BASKETBALL VS PENN STATE MONT ALTONovember 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm #16620
That’s a weird one. They aren’t even NCAA (or even NAIA) members. Instead they are members of something I have never heard of called the United States Collegiate Athletic Association that only has 84 members nationally. Lehigh must have REALLY struggled to find an opponent.November 11, 2014 at 4:07 pm #16622
I realize that there are a lot of reasons not to like this game but there is one reason that I may go. IMHO, Lehigh has probably one of the most credentialed set of walk-ons in the NCAA and they have really gotten only mop up time thus far. I would love to see how much talent they have in real game time situations, even if the results may be skewed by the quality of the competition.November 17, 2014 at 7:49 pm #16726
If Lehigh is going to schedule a game against a non-Division I team, I don’t know why they don’t schedule a game against a Lehigh Valley Division III team, especially Moravian or DeSales, periodically. As long as the Mountain Hawks aren’t way down in a given year or bring back Sal Mentesana as head coach, they shouldn’t have any trouble winning AND the game would be a little more interesting to Lehigh fans (as well as Moravian or DeSales fans who get to see their school play a Division I team).November 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm #16729
I hear the name Sal Mentesana and I get a sick feeling in my stomach. Can we all agree never to mention his name again on this blog.November 17, 2014 at 8:26 pm #16731
Chip, I agree… And how about D2 ? Kutztown, ESU, Bloom? And 90, I’m with you on………him…….November 17, 2014 at 9:13 pm #16732
You guys are spot on. It’s one thing to schedule a lower division team to try to get some reserves and walk-ons minutes , but to not be able to find an NCAA school of ANY division seems really strange. And announcing it days before the season starts? If we are going to play one of these games, I agree that it should be against a local NCAA school.
Another thing Lehigh could do but chooses not to is have an exhibition home game before the start of the season. Many D1 schools do this as a final warm-up and pre-season test as it does not count in the standings but tickets are sold and it is treated as a “real” game. Some of the PSAC Division 2 schools are pretty good and I could see not wanting to schedule them in the regular season in a down year, but making it an exhibition that doesn’t formally count in the standings solves that problem.
The Lehigh staff has a relationship with Desales (Harry Mora – ex lehigh assistant now on Deslaes staff) and Coach Krueger recently attended one of their practices on an off day. Maybe it came down to dates? Or maybe the D3’s don’t want to schedule a sure loss?November 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm #16737
I think Lehigh (and Patriot League teams in general) should avoid scheduling Division II teams for regular season games in general because they could viably lose those games if they play poorly. However, scheduling D2 teams for exhibition games would be a good idea. Many programs considerably more prominent than Lehigh do that. Heck, teams here in the DC area like Maryland and Georgetown have scheduled PSAC (PA State Athletic Conference – the conference with Kutztown, East Stroudsburg, West Chester, etc.) teams for preseason exhibition games.
As for the D3 teams, I’d prefer if Lehigh played DeSales, Moravian, or Muhlenberg most of the time for their annual D3 game. If those teams aren’t interested or available, then you go ask and bring in a team a little further away but still close, like a Delaware Valley, an Albright or Alvernia, or a Centenary (in Hackettstown) for a game.
Finally, with regard to Billy Taylor’s predecessor as Lehigh head coach…I try not to think about him, except to think how much better the Mountain Hawks have been under Taylor and Brett Reed.
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