Sept. 11, 2002
Bowling Green, Ky. - Western Kentucky University basketball fans can start making plans to follow the Hilltoppers and Lady Toppers in the renovated E.A. Diddle Arena during the 2002-03 season by reserving their season tickets, which are now on sale.
Season ticket renewal applications for men's and women's basketball at Western, currently in the mail, are due by Friday, Sept. 20 (women) and Friday, Sept. 27 (men). A new payment option is available for those who renew their season tickets for men and/or women's basketball - half of the payment will be due by each sports' respective renewal deadline with the balance due no later than Friday, Oct. 18.
The current list of new season ticket holders waiting for a seat assignment for men's basketball season tickets is long, so it is imperative that last year's ticket holders renew by that Sept. 27 deadline to avoid the risk of losing their seat location.
Coach Dennis Felton's Hilltoppers, ranked as high as eighth in the nation in early preseason polls, return four starters and nine letterwinners from last year's 28-4 Sun Belt Conference championship team.
"To be very honest, we are expecting a sellout for every game," Felton, the 2002 Sun Belt Conference Coach-of-the-Year, said. "Not only has this group of young men worked hard to give our community one of the nation's premier teams, but they are one of the most exciting on top of it! Very soon, season tickets may be the only way to get into the new Diddle Arena."
The Topper's 16-game season ticket package includes 15 games in Diddle Arena - highlighted by visits by The Harlem Globetrotters (to open the renovated Arena on Nov. 9), the ESPN Bracket Buster Saturday foe, Southern Mississippi, Illinois State and the usual rugged seven SBC opponents - along with Western's matchup with Auburn in Nashville.
Hilltopper Athletic Foundation members who purchase men's basketball season tickets this year will receive priority in selecting seats for the 2003-04 season. Every HAF member in '02-03 who has reserved bleacher should be provided with chairback seating next year.
"The timing of our extensive Diddle Arena renovation, coupled with a Top 25, nationally ranked Hilltopper basketball program, is very fortuitous," said WKU Athletics Director Dr. Wood Selig. "We expect the net result to be all-time highs in HAF membership and season ticket sales this year."
WKU basketball season ticket holders will pay the same price per game as last year. Men's basketball season tickets are priced at $195 (chairback seats) with a minimum HAF contribution. Reserved bleachers are priced at $165 each. All Red Towel seats are sold out.
On the women's side, excitement is running high as longtime Lady Topper favorite Mary Taylor Cowles takes over the head coaching reins at her alma mater.
"We are very excited about the competitive home schedule we have this year in Diddle Arena," Coach Cowles commented. "Our biggest need is to have 5,000-plus fans supporting our Lady Toppers each time we take the floor. This tradition is what makes playing in Diddle Arena so special."
The Lady Topper season ticket packages include all the women's action in Diddle Arena, highlighted by visits from national powers Louisiana Tech and Clemson, in-state Louisville and, of course, the tough Sun Belt Conference slate.
"We are experiencing the heightened interest in Lady Topper basketball that we anticipated with the return of Mary Taylor Cowles to our program," Dr. Selig commented. "We are confident that Mary will return the Lady Topper program to national prominence."
Lady Topper Red Towel seats are priced at $135 each (with a HAF membership required) while other chair seats will be $105 each. General admission seats are $75 per season ticket and a Family Plan is also available (four tickets with a minimum one adult and one child) for just $240.
For additional season ticket information, contact the WKU Ticket Office at 270-745-5222 or 1-800-5-BIG-RED.
The deadlines are fast approaching for 2001-02 WKU basketball season ticket holders to renew their tickets for the 2002-03 season and reserve their seat locations !
Lady Topper Season Ticket Renewal Deadline - Friday, Sept. 20
Hilltopper Season Ticket Renewal Deadline - Friday, Sept. 27