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Sept. 23, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The much-anticipated public sale for this December's "Return to Rec" begins Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. A limited amount of tickets remain for the Dec. 14 match-up with Princeton, which will take place in historic Rec Hall.
Tickets for the "Return to Rec" have been on sale for several weeks with season ticket holders, Penn State Hoops Club members and Nittany Lion Club members getting first priority. The general public sale starts Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Fans can purchase a maximum of four "Return to Rec" tickets by calling 1-800-NITTANY. Tickets for the "Return To Rec" game will be reserved seating and are not included in the 2013-14 men's basketball season ticket package. There will be ADA seating options provided for the game.
Tickets for Penn State's contest vs. Princeton in Rec Hall will be $20 for the general public and $10 for Penn State students. A limited number of premium baseline court seats, which will include VIP food service, will be available for $100 each. Suggested parking in Lot Red A, across Atherton Street from the arena, and in the Nittany Lion Inn parking deck will be free for the game.
Fans can call 1-800-NITTANY Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. ET to purchase "Return to Rec" tickets as long as ticket inventory remains.
Rec Hall, which is currently the home of Penn State's men's and women's volleyball and gymnastics teams and the wrestling team, will be configured to seat 6,300 fans for the "Return To Rec" basketball contest.
Penn State has reserved up to 2,100 student seats along the sideline opposite the benches to help recreate the thunderous atmosphere of basketball in Rec Hall. Those student tickets will be made available first to student season ticket holders beginning on a date yet to be determined in October. Additional information on the student ticket sale will be available in the coming weeks on GoPSUsports.com.
Rec Hall gained a reputation as one of the toughest places to play in the nation when it served as the home for Penn State basketball from 1929 to 1996. That reputation was built on boisterous crowds that packed the arena to the rafters and a student section that was right on top of the floor. Rec Hall had a final listed capacity of 6,846 for basketball, but six times in the building's history more than 8,000 fans jammed into the iconic building for a basketball game, including a record 8,600 fans for a contest vs. Virginia on Dec. 5, 1973.
The Lions compiled a stellar 514-183 (73.7%) record in Rec Hall, including a 45-game win streak from 1951-55. That era saw the Nittany Lions reach the program's only NCAA Final Four in 1954 behind All-American Jesse Arnelle and coach Elmer Gross. Arnelle is among a long list of Penn State greats to have made their mark on the Rec Hall floor, including names like John Amaechi, Freddie Barnes, John Barr, Ron Brown, Monroe Brown, Carver Clinton, Dan Earl, Mark Dumars, Gene Harris, Deron Hayes, Tom Hovasse, Mike Lang, Pete Lisicky and Bob Weiss.
Penn State was led by nine different head coaches during the Rec Hall era, including longtime NBA coaches Dick Harter (1979-83) and John Bach (1969-78), the Lions' all-time wins leader John Egli (1955-68), Helm's Foundation Hall of Fame inductee John Lawther (1937-49), and Bruce Parkhill (1984-95) who led the Lion's through one of the program's most successful eras and into the Big Ten Conference. Parkhill led Penn State to four-straight 20-win seasons and four straight post-season appearances between 1988-92 and was on the sideline when Penn State captured the A-10 Tournament Championship on the Rec Hall floor in 1991.
Penn State men's basketball season tickets are on sale now for a season that will include 16 regular season games in the Bryce Jordan Center (nine Big Ten contests and seven non-conference match-ups) as well as an exhibition game. Fans can call 1-800-NITTANY to reserve their season ticket today.
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