June 8, 2010
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. - Saint Joseph's basketball fans can take advantage of early summer savings when all-session tickets for the 2011 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship go on sale to the public at Noon on Saturday, June 12. For the fifth consecutive year, Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall will play host to another three-day weekend of March Madness Atlantic City style - March 11-13 - and fans can save 15 percent on select Silver and Bronze all-session tickets through Wednesday, June 30.
Regular ticket prices are $200 for gold, $100 for silver, and $75 for bronze. With the 15% discount, select silver and bronze tickets are $85 and $63, and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling 800-736-1420 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. (Note: some convenience fees may be applicable). Patrons interested in group sales or who wish to reserve seats in specific school sections should call 609-348-7021.
The new three-day weekend format introduced in 2010 proved popular with the city's visitors, sports fans, A-10 alums and student-athletes. Attendance for each of the four sessions increased significantly from 2009 and attendees were treated to an exciting tournament. Fran Dunphy and his Temple Owls made it a three-peat with their 56-52 victory over the Richmond Spiders in a game televised live by CBS on Selection Sunday. Temple became the first A-10 program to win three consecutive titles since Massachusetts won five straight from 1992-96. Additionally, Richmond and Xavier advanced to the NCAA, marking the 16th time in Conference history and seventh since 2000 that multiple A-10 teams earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. The Championship, first contested in Atlantic City in 2007, is presented by the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority (ACCVA).
"The increase in attendance for 2010's championship shows that the new three-day format and the Atlantic City location are a hit with fans and visitors alike," said Jeff Vasser, president of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority. "We're keeping the momentum going and offering tickets now so everyone can put 2011's Championship on their calendars."
The top 12 teams at the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the Championship. First round games will be played on Tuesday, March 8, on the campuses of teams seeded #5, #6, #7, and #8. The setting for the 2011 Championship then shifts to Boardwalk Hall as the quarterfinal round commences at Noon on Friday, March 11. Tip-off times for Saturday's semifinal action and Sunday's championship game are scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
For more information about Boardwalk Hall or to download a map of the arena, visit www.boardwalkhall.com. To inquire about lodging, local transportation, recreation, dining and attractions please visit www.atlanticcitynj.com. Additional information about the Championship can be found at www.atlantic10.org. For those seeking room blocks during the A-10 Championship, assistance can be provided by calling the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority at 1-888-ACVISIT.
The Atlantic 10 tied a league record with eight teams advancing to postseason play in 2009-10. After amassing 135 victories in non-conference play - the highest total in the league's 34-year history - the Atlantic 10 was the sixth-ranked conference in the final RPI ratings of 2009-10, equaling the league's highest finish since 1993-94. Ten student-athletes who were named the All-Conference team a year ago are scheduled to return, including first-team selections Lavoy Allen (TU), Kevin Anderson (UR), Damian Saunders (DUQ) and Chris Wright (UD).