March 16, 2010
HOUSTON - University of Houston men's basketball fans who may not be able to travel to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for the NCAA Tournament can still support their favorite team and members of the military.
The University of Houston Athletics Department has been allotted 350 tickets for that game. Due to the distance from Houston and cost of travel, many fans may be unable to join the team in person this weekend.
To support the program, fan donations are now being accepted to cover the cost of tickets from the allotment. These tickets will be donated to military members in the Spokane area.
Donations of $65 will cover the cost of one ticket, but donations of any amount are welcome.
While fans will not receive Cougar Pride credit, their donations are tax deductible, and fans will receive one priority point for every $100 donated.
Donations toward NCAA Tournament tickets may be made in person at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647).
The Cougars' face No. 4 seed and 20th-ranked Maryland around 8:40 p.m. (CDT), Friday during the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region First Round at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash.
WILL CALL HOURS IN SPOKANE
The University of Houston Athletics Department will not receive its allotment of tickets until arrival in Spokane. All tickets must be picked up in person by the purchaser of record on Thursday or Friday.
The following are the Will Call times and locations in Spokane:
5:45 to 6:45 p.m. (PDT) Northeast Main Entrance Will Call Window Spokane Arena
3 p.m. (PDT) - halftime of Houston game Southeast Entrance player guest/will call table or window Spokane Arena
Ticket sales began Monday morning. Tickets can be purchased at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office in person or by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647). There will be no online ticket sales for this event.
Tickets will be available for the first-round game only. If the Cougars advance to the second round, all accounts with first-round tickets will automatically be charged for second-round tickets, and those tickets can be picked up during published will call hours.
Physical tickets and seat locations will not be available at the time of purchase. Tickets will be allocated and distributed in Spokane. Fans who place an order will be contacted with Will Call times at the arena and at the team hotel if available. Tickets must be picked up by the ticket purchaser of record during the published will call locations/time at the game site.
Fans with ticket-related questions can call the Athletics Ticket Office at 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or send an email to email@example.com.
More information about tickets and travel can be found at Tournament Central on UHCougars.com.