The University of Arizona softball program is introducing Candreaˇ?s Corner, a general admission outfield season ticket option at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium.?
ˇ?This is a great opportunity for our team to create an even better home-field advantage, which I already consider to be the best in the nation; plain and simple,ˇ± Head Coach Mike Candrea said. ˇ?I think this is really exciting for our program.ˇ±?
Named in honor of the 10-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Candreaˇ?s Corner?is an inexpensive way for Wildcat fans to become a season ticket holder. Available to the general public for only $50 (senior and youth tickets cost $43 each), Wildcat fans can watch the defending back-to-back National Champions all season long while receiving the outstanding benefits of becoming a season ticket holder.?
Candreaˇ?s Corner? season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase general admission outfield tickets for NCAA postseason play should the Wildcats be chosen as a host institution. Candreaˇ?s Corner?ticket buyers will also be able to annually renew their season tickets, as well as begin to accumulate priority points to purchase infield season tickets as seats become available over time. In addition, these ticket buyers will receive a 2007 National Championship team photo autographed by Mike Candrea.?
As an extra benefit of becoming a season ticket holder, Candreaˇ?s Corner?ticket holders will have the option to upgrade their tickets to infield seating on an individual game basis when tickets are available. Ticket holders may turn in their general admission outfield ticket on the day of the game and pay the difference to upgrade to an available infield seat for that game.?
The season ticket option is a great savings for the buyer compared to individual game pricing. Instead of paying six dollars for a general admission ticket, Candreaˇ?s Corner?season ticket holders will pay an average of two dollars per game. It is a perfect option for Wildcat fans that cannot attend every game and have purchased individual game tickets in the past.?
The friendly confines of Hillenbrand Stadium create an intimate setting that has helped it become one of the most recognizable venues in the country. Outfield seating at Hillenbrand Stadium provides a unique view of the fast-paced college game. Unlike baseball, outfield seats are right on top of the action and just over 200 feet away from home plate.?
Always among the nationˇ?s leaders in average home attendance, including the nationˇ?s top mark the last two seasons, support for Arizona Softball is still growing in the community as the Wildcats continue their tradition of excellence.??In 29 games during the 2007 season, Arizona hosted 44,487 fans for an average of 1,534 per date.? During conference play, Arizona average 2,093 fans per contest en route to their 10th Pac-10 Championship in school history. Since Hillenbrand Stadiumˇ?s opening in 1993, 459,866 fans have passed through the turnstiles.?
ˇ?We certainly appreciate the support that our loyal fans have shown over the years,ˇ± Candrea added.??ˇ?Every member of the team is proud of our fans for having their own pair of national championships with the best attendance in the country for two years running. This outfield season ticket option will only allow us to continue to draw the biggest crowds in the nation.ˇ±?
Looking ahead to 2008, Arizona returns six starters, including the 2007 Womenˇ?s College World Series Most Outstanding Player, Taryne Mowatt. The 5-4 senior will be joined by four senior Southern Arizona natives, including Adrienne Acton, Callista Balko, Cyndi Duran and Danielle Rodriquez.?
Arizona will open the 2008 season on Wednesday, February 16 against the USA National Team in an exhibition contest. Tickets for Candreaˇ?s Corner?are currently on sale, and individual game tickets will go on sale beginning January 31.?
Fans interested in purchasing tickets may do so in person at the McKale Ticket Offfice Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by calling (520) 621-2287 or by visiting www.arizonaathletics.com.