Basketball sales near goals, records

Corey Aldritt

Cyclone Nation is at it again.

As if breaking the season ticket sales record in football wasn’t enough, the men’s basketball season ticket sales record is in now a target.

“For men’s basketball, we’ve set our target at 10,000 [season tickets]. It’s a nice round number and figure, and, at least as far as our records go back, something we’ve never achieved,” said Steve Malchow, senior associate athletic director.

As of Oct. 19, 9,464 season tickets have been sold for the upcoming season, with less than three weeks to go before the regular season tips off.

“They [ticket sales] are going about as well as we expected,” said Matt Johnson, director of ticket operations.

The current record for season tickets sold is 9,955, and it came last year in Greg McDermott’s first year as head coach.

The ISU men’s basketball team averaged 12,489 fans per game last season, which ranked them 25th in the country and fourth in the Big 12 – only behind Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas.

The students are also doing their part in helping fill up Hilton Coliseum.

Malchow said the student section has been sold out for over a month.

“Ultimately the programs are for the fans and the students are a big part of that,” Malchow said.

The home schedule for both the men’s and women’s team features a handful of NCAA tournament teams as well as games with intrastate rivals. Quality opponents like that can help fuel ticket sales.

“One of the neat things this year for us on the men’s side is the number of matchups we have with the Big Ten schools. Both Minnesota and Iowa will be here this year,” Malchow said.

Malchow said the women’s team has a great schedule by just being in the Big 12 conference, one of the elite conferences in the country.

The women’s basketball team ranked 7th in attendance in the nation last year, with an average of 8,906 fans a game. The athletic department has set a goal for 6,400 season tickets this year, according to, and they are currently at 6,103.

“We’ve been a steady top 10 team in the country in attendance and it’s important that we stay in that category. [Fennelly’s] built that fan base. He’s got some loyal people that he’s courted for well over a decade,” Malchow said.