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Basketball ticket sales flat

[ 7 ] September 22, 2011 |

Fran McCaffery made a recruiting splash last week by bringing in Top 50 recruit Adam Woodbury, but apparently the ticket office hasn’t caught up with the big news yet.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena is in the final stages of its $47 million renovation, as well as a complete reseating process, but general public season ticket sales have not increased from last year.

“I think we will sell more,” ticket manager Pam Finke said. “People are excited about the recruiting announcements that were made.”

Iowa was 11-20 last season, the first under McCaffery, and haven’t had a winning season in four straight seasons, the first time that’s happened in Hawkeye history.

Most of the millions from the renovations went to new offices and a practice gym. Fans will notice new club seats near the court, and those seats, around 350, are sold out.

After that, Finke said about 4,000 general public season tickets have been sold. Iowa sold 4,360 season tickets last year.

Student tickets in the Hawks Nest were at 1,623 last year and are at 1,550 currently for 2011-12.

Finke said that she expected mini-season ticket packages to be offered next month, and single game tickets will go on sale shortly after that.

Iowa fans can still get in on the reseating process in the next few weeks. Fans can go online to www.chareseating.com and see which seats are still available and pick their seats.

“Fans can go in there, see what seats are available and then give us a call,” Finke said. “Folks will understand why they are at where they are at.”

The website also provides reseating choices for women’s basketball and wrestling.

Iowa averaged 11,635 fans last season after a Carver-Hawkeye Arena low of 9,550 in Todd Lickliter’s final season in 2010.

Iowe men’s basketball opens the season Nov. 6 with an exhibition against Northwest Missouri State.

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