HOUSTON - Fans will want to put Saturday, Dec. 1, down on their calendars as the University of Houston Men's Basketball program opens the $60-million Fertitta Center against PAC-12 power Oregon.
Houston Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman and Men's Basketball Head Coach Kelvin Sampson made the announcement during a press conference on the floor of the Fertitta Center construction site on Monday afternoon.
The Dec. 1 matchup will be only the second time the Cougars have faced the Ducks on the hardwood. Houston enjoyed an 81-68 victory on Dec. 18, 1971, inside Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston during the Bluebonnet Classic.
The game's starting time will be announced at a later date.
ABOUT THE FERTITTA CENTER
With a capacity of 7,100, the Fertitta Center will feature a premium club and courtside club as well as a reconfigured bowl with mid-court seating closing to game action. The facility also includes floor-level seating opposite the team benches for UH students.
The University also will transform an area adjacent to the Fertitta Center into Hofheinz Pavilion, where fans will be greeted by a bronze statue of former Harris Country Judge Roy Hofheinz.
The renovation was made possible through a generous $20-million donation from University of Houston System Board of Regents Chairman Tillman J. Fertitta and his family in 2016.
ABOUT THE COUGARS
Under the leadership of The American and NABC District 25 Coach of the Year Kelvin Sampson, Houston returns three starters and seven lettermen from the 2017-18 season. The Cougars posted a 27-8 overall record, tied for second in The American with a 14-4 mark and captured the program's first NCAA Tournament victory in more than 30 years.
Senior guard Corey Davis Jr. was named to The American All-Tournament team and ranked second among the Cougars with 13.1 points per game. The Lafayette, La., native became only the fourth player in Houston single-season history to drain 100+ treys in a season and buried at least one trey in 29 consecutive games for the second-longest streak in UH history.
Senior point guard Galen Robinson Jr. looks to become only the second player in school history with four 100+ assist seasons during his career, while junior guard Armoni Brooks was named as The American Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 9.3 points per game as a reserve.
SECURE YOUR SEASON TICKETS in the FERTITTA CENTER
Fans now have the opportunity to take their first steps toward the 2018-19 season by placing a $30 deposit on season tickets at uhcougars.com/mbbdeposit or by calling 713-462-6647. Deposits must be placed by Friday, June 29, to receive a spot in the Fertitta Center Seat Selection process.
Season tickets for the 2018-19 season will soon be available for purchase for as low as $175 with a variety of premier seating options available.
University of Houston graduates from the previous five academic years qualify for special Young Alumni pricing in Section 117 at only $125.
Fans can check out a 3D map showing every seat inside the Fertitta Center by visiting uhcougars.com/fertittacenter3d.
The Fertitta Center Seat Selection process will begin in July with Fertitta Center donors of $500+, Cougar Pride members and fans who have placed deposits for 2018-19 season tickets as well as 2017-18 season-ticket holders receiving priority.
Fans who place deposits after June 29 will have the opportunity to select a seat following the Seat Selection process. Orders after June 29 will be served on a first-come, first served basis.
For more information on the Fertitta Center Seat Selection Process, fans can visit uhcougars.com/fertittacenter or call the Cougar Pride Office at 713-743-GoUH (4684).
JOIN the 50-50 CLUB
Fans are invited to join the 50-50 Club to support Houston Men's Basketball. 50-50 Club members help fund program necessities and enhance the experience for our student-athletes.
Fans who join the 50-50 Club will receive embroidered team apparel, a signed basketball, invitations to practice, a tour of the $25 million Guy V. Lewis Development Facility, regular updates about the program and much more.
Fans can receive updates by following @UHCougarMBK on Twitter and catch up with the latest news and notes on the team by clicking LIKE on the team's Facebook and Instagram pages.