"We appreciate Auburn students and their support of Auburn athletics," Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs says. "As a former Auburn student, I would have loved to have cheered courtside for the Tigers and feel our students deserve the opportunity."
Jacobs adds, "Our goal is to provide Auburn basketball teams a homecourt advantage each time they step on the court and feel the students' courtside presence will enhance the game day atmosphere."
The men's team will open the regular season on Nov. 10 at home vs. Troy and the women's team will play its first home game Nov. 15th vs. Alabama State.
Auburn officials say that student tickets will be available at 9 a.m. on the business day prior to each home basketball game at the ticket office inside the coliseum and will be free for the first 500 students with a valid ID and $2 each after that with either cash or a Tigerclub card. Tickets will be available starting on Friday for any weekend games.
"Students are a vital part of the atmosphere inside the coliseum, and they can make a big difference in the way we play," Auburn men's coach Jeff Lebo says. "Our team feeds off the energy in the building."
Students will be given a color-coded wristband that is dated for the specific game. The free wristbands will be available during regular ticket office hours and at the upper East Coliseum entrance 90 minutes prior to tipoff while supplies last.
"The change should be great because the students will be right on top of us where they can yell and distract the opponent," says guard Frank Tolbert. "It is going to be exciting to see all of our students wearing orange shirts and jumping up and down and going crazy. I can't wait for our first home game."
Frank Tolbert will be a junior this season for the Tigers.
The students only entrance, located at the upper east side of the Coliseum, will open approximately 90 minutes prior to each home game. The lower level student section has been expanded to include more than 500 student only seats in sections 1-2 behind the north basket and in sections 10-12 on the east sideline. Overflow student seating will be located in upper sections 1-9.
For holiday breaks or games that fall between semesters, students can pick up a free ticket at the student entrance starting 90 minutes before each game. These tickets will also be sold to the general public for a discounted rate during the holiday season. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public beginning an hour before the game while supplies last. All tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only and will be limited to the amount of seats available in the allotted student sections.