December 6, 2002

Cox Arena Sold Out For Wildcat-Aztec Basketball Clash

San Diego State hosts top-ranked Arizona Saturday night in a men’s basketball clash that will be seen by a national cable television audience as well as a record crowd at Cox Arena.

The game against the Wildcats is the first in the six-year history of Cox Arena to reach a sellout. The final tickets for the ESPN battle against Arizona were sold on Monday.

A crowd in excess of 12,400 will be in attendance to see the Aztecs host the nation’s top-ranked team for just the second time. SDSU played host to No. 1 DePaul on December 30, 1980, at the San Diego Sports Arena. The Aztecs played at No. 1 Duke last season.

In addition to the game with Arizona, a limited number of reserved tickets (chairback seats) remain for home games with Texas Tech and the University of San Diego. Fans interested in attending the ESPN “Big Monday” game against Texas Tech and coach Bob Knight (Jan. 6th) or the city-rivalry game against the Toreros (Jan. 8th) are urged to purchase tickets early.

“The home schedule and the championship banner hanging from the ceiling have changed our ticket demands,” Schnall said. “Our season-ticket sales have been climbing steadily toward the 5,000 mark, which shrinks the number of tickets available for each individual game. We will also set a season record for student season-ticket sales.

“The combination makes for a great atmosphere but I do think it puts a greater urgency on purchasing tickets prior to game day.”

Tickets to Aztec events can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 619-220-TIXS, or on line at or The Aztec ticket office can be reached at 619-283-SDSU.

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