Single-game tickets remain for the Arizona State-Arizona football contest on Friday, Nov. 26, and are available for sale at McKale Center during office hours weekdays, or online 24 hours a day, but lower level seating areas are filling up fast.
Approximately 5,000 tickets remain unsold, UA director of ticketing operations Russ Dean reported Tuesday. UA student tickets ($7), youth seating ($15) and general public tickets ($30-46) are still available. Pre-game sales have nearly reached UA’s average attendance this year of 49,280, he said.
The game, the nation’s oldest trophy game recognized by the NCAA, awards the Territorial Cup to the winner. It will close Arizona’s first season under coach Mike Stoops and should give the Cats a chance to improve on last year's Pac-10 finish, plus likely offer Arizona State an opportunity to position itself for a key Pac-10 bowl berth depending on how the Sun Devils perform this week against Washington State in Tempe.
Tickets for the game may be purchased by visiting or calling the McKale Center ticket office 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (1-800-452-2287 or 520-621-2287). Tickets also are available online here:
“The UA-ASU series always has been special,” UA athletics director Jim Livengood said. “It’s a great rivalry game with a 100-year history of big plays and special moments, and we’d certainly like to see a full house of our fans ?- and ASU’s ?- in Arizona Stadium.” The biggest crowd to see a game on campus this year was the 52,790 on hand
“Coach Stoops has done a remarkable job changing the face of Arizona football, and ASU is having a solid season. It shapes up to be an intriguing game this year,” Livengood said.
Arizona (2-7, 1-6) plays at top-ranked Southern California this Saturday in a nationally televised game (Fox Sports Net) at 7:23 p.m. PST, while No. 20-ranked ASU (7-2, 4-2) plays host to the Cougars in a national TV game (TBS) that kicks off earlier at 5 p.m. MST in Sun Devil Stadium.
Arizona has played a schedule against some of the nation’s best teams and faces a daunting task this week at No. 1 USC. This week, the Trojans (1st) and previous opponents California (4th), Wisconsin (5th) and Utah (7th) all occupy top 10 spots in the Bowl Championship Series ratings.
The Sun Devils have been ranked as high as No. 15 this year, after opening the season 5-0 for its best start since 1996. ASU’s lone losses have come to top-ranked USC and then No. 7 California.
Arizona State has beaten UA the last two seasons and holds possession of the Territorial Cup, as well as the Big Game Most Valuable Player trophy and The Saguaro Trophy for the winning head coach. The Cats have won six of the last 11 games in the series, but have dropped four of the last five.
The Nov. 26 Territorial Cup game in Arizona Stadium will kick off at 1 p.m.
Arizona will offer 2005 football season tickets for sale beginning early in December.