Pitt men's basketball games sold out again

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Pitt’s athletic department announced Monday that it has sold out its allotment of men’s basketball season tickets for the 12th consecutive season.

Pitt opens this season, its first in the Atlantic Coast Conference, at 7 p.m. Friday against Savannah State at Petersen Events Center.

Pitt was able to sell more season tickets than in prior seasons, since ACC rules reduced the number of tickets available to opponents. Half of that allotment was sold as season tickets this season with the other half being offered on a single game basis to waiting list members.

Pitt has enjoyed a string of 205 consecutive regular-season home sellouts dating to Jan. 12, 2002, at Fitzgerald Field House in a game against Notre Dame. All 198 regular-season games at Petersen Events Center have been sold out. In addition, Pitt has 11,000 names on its season-ticket waiting list.

Pitt opens its 12th season at Petersen Events Center where it has amassed a 180-22 all-time record and .891 winning percentage. The .891 winning percentage ranks as the third-best winning percentage among current NCAA Division I arenas and rates as Division I’s seventh-best current home-court winning percentage since 2002-03.

Petersen Events Center also has been ranked among the top-10 best arenas in several categories including loudest venues (sixth, ESPN Magazine), toughest places to play for an opponent (seventh, Bleacher Report), best game-day atmospheres (second, USA Today) and best overall college basketball arenas (eighth, ESPN.com). In addition, the Oakland Zoo has earned the reputation of being rated one of the top student cheering sections.

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