Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
UA offering reduced price basketball tickets
Arkansas sophomore guard Rashad Madden (00) pressures Longwood junior guard Tristan Carey on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, during the first half of play in Bud Walton Arena.
FAYETTEVILLE For the first time, Arkansas men's basketball is offering upper deck season tickets at a reduced rate this season.
The ticket rates for the seats begin at $360 for the season, or $20 per game. Other season ticket packages begin at $450, or $25 per game. Incentives for the promotion include food vouchers for each ticket purchased, name recognition on the scoreboard, an open practice Oct. 15 and the opportunity to buy additional tickets to the Missouri game prior to the general public.
The promotion is the latest to boost attendance for men's basketball, which has failed to make the NCAA Tournament the last five years. Arkansas is also offering "mini plans" once again this season, which are books of tickets to five home games.
Attendance at Bud Walton Arena has fallen in recent years, though it is on an upswing since Mike Anderson was hired two years ago. Arkansas averaged 13,750 fans per game last season at the 19,000-plus seat venue, an increase of about 2 percent from the year before.
The Razorbacks ranked in the top 15 nationally in home attendance the first 15 years after the building opened in November 1993. Arkansas averaged 17,148 fans per game in their final NCAA Tournament season 2007-08, but numbers fell drastically in following years under head coach John Pelphrey.
Arkansas finished last season 19-13 overall, but lost only once at home. Under Anderson, the Razorbacks are 34-4 at their home arena.