SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara is pleased and excited to announce that men's and women's basketball season tickets are now on sale with several outstanding and affordable packages available. And with discounted "Early Bird" specials for both teams, the time to act is now.
On the heels of three straight postseason appearances, the Gaucho men's schedule is highlighted by the always-rugged Big West Conference slate, which gets even tougher in 2012-13 with the addition of the University of Hawai'i.
Crowd-pleasing forward "Big Al" Alan Williams will lead a young Santa Barbara team, which will have the most talented collection of freshmen in school history, into the 2012-13 season.
Bob Williams, UCSB's all-time winningest coach, will send his team out to play a 15 game home schedule (14 regular season games, 1 exhibition) that will be highlighted by rivalry contests against Long Beach State (Jan. 5) and Cal Poly (Jan. 19) as well as key non-conference games against Wyoming (Nov. 28) and San Diego (Nov. 21). The league's newest addition, Hawai'i, will make their Thunderdome debut on Jan. 26. Santa Barbara will also play host to an ESPNU Bracket Buster game on Feb. 23.
The UCSB men's road schedule is a daunting one in 2012-13, but there will payoff in the future. This year's Gaucho road games include LSU, Cal and San Diego State, but those three, plus traditional power Utah State, are all expected to visit the Thunderdome in 2013-14. That season, SDSU will enter the Big West.
After its historic run to an unprecedented 14th Big West Tournament title, the women's basketball team is primed to continue the success it found under first-year coach Carlene Mitchell.
The Gauchos return Big West Tournament MVP Kirsten Tilleman and an excellent supporting cast of Sweets Underwood, Nicole Nesbit, Melissa Zornig, Destini Mason and Angelei Aguirre from last year's NCAA squad.
UCSB faces one of the Big West's toughest non-conference schedules as the
Gauchos face seven out-of-conference teams who played in the 2012 postseason, including Kentucky and Kansas State who will both come to the Thunderdome (Dec. 21 and Dec. 29).
The Gauchos will also face the challenge of the Big West, which features two teams – Cal Poly and UC Davis – that played in the postseason as well as Long Beach State, whom the Gauchos knocked off in last year's Big West Tournament title game. Added to the exciting conference schedule this season is new Big West member Hawai'i.
An "early bird" special for both teams represent strong savings. The Gauchos are also introducing a season ticket option for the new "Legends" section aptly named for the Legends of the 'Dome who are honored with banners celebrating them.
With the home schedule becoming tremendously strong in the next few years – visits by LSU, Cal, San Diego State, Utah State and Wyoming are on the horizon - the men's basketball Big West +1 mini-plan is back and allows fans to receive tickets for the entire nine-game league schedule and any of the non-conference games for just $99 per seat.
With the early bird special, men's season tickets are as low as $99 and women's as low as $79. There are also tickets available in both the Gold and Blue sections by calling 805-893-UCSB (8272) or online. Click here for men's ticket information and pricing and here for women's ticket information and pricing.
Act fast, as prices go up on Sept. 7.
UCSB faculty and staff receive a special price for men's and women's basketball as well as this year's men's soccer season tickets, which are on sale now. To view the entire men's schedule, click here. To view the entire women's schedule, click here.
For more information on priority Gaucho Fund seating, hospitality or parking, visit the Athletics Ticket & Sales Office, located in the Intercollegiate Building on campus. The ICA Building is open Monday-Friday's 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and beginning August 11 on Saturday's from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Convenient parking spaces are available next to the building off Ocean Road. Tickets can also be purchased online. For information or to purchase tickets, click here or call 805-893-UCSB (8272).