As I almost slipped outside on the ice-covered parking lot this morning, I had only one thought: its college basketball season.
So fittingly, my alma mater opens up the exhibition season tonight as Creighton takes on the EA Sports All Stars down at the Qwest Center. My season tickets arrived in the mail last week, so we'll be there in the fourth row once again cheering on the Bluejays. This is the second year I've officially had season tickets; my first year out of college, one of my old professors had tickets he rarely used and would give me. Those seats were in the old Civic Auditorium up in the third balcony. First row though, so you could put your feet up and relax.
The last year at the Civic, the Jays rose as high as #9 in the polls and tickets were hard to come by. I didn't get to use the professors' tix that year; he went to every game. I bought some single ducats, but that gets pricey quick. For the ESPN Bracket Buster game against Fresno State, tickets were so hard to come by I had to go on eBay and buy from a scalper. I was lucky enough to get free tickets to the final game at the Civic, in which me and my friend Nate sat two rows from the top to witness Kyle Korver's last game in Omaha.
So last year, no longer assured of getting free use of season tickets, I bought my own. And choice seats they were. Lower bowl, 4th row. Right behind the basket, where the rowdies sit. Its awesome. Last count, there were 9200 season ticket holders -- crowds last year routinely were over 11,000. It wasn't always this way.