Roadrunner Season Ticket Sales Going Strong
July 10, 2013
The Dalton State Athletic Department has set lofty goals for all of its sports and is trying to break records with its inaugural season of men’s basketball.
“We will not have the seating capacity or conference affiliation to compete with UGA or Georgia Tech with regard to season tickets sold, but I am very familiar with all of the other intercollegiate basketball programs in the state, and I believe we can finish third in the state of Georgia in season ticket sales behind only those two schools,” says Athletic Director Derek Waugh.
“We also want to set an NAIA record for number of season tickets sold in an inaugural year,” Waugh said. “Our goal is to sell over 600 season tickets.” Many donors to the basketball program and the athletic department have had season tickets included in their charitable donation, and the athletic department will be soliciting individuals and companies for season ticket packages. Over 250 season tickets have already been allocated to go along with these private donations.
“I fully expect us to have a fun team to watch as well as a great cheer squad, and I expect us to be able to provide an affordable great night of family entertainment,” he said. “With the support of this community and the tradition set by the Dalton State Junior College team 40 years ago, I truly believe we will accomplish special things with this effort.”
The basketball program has released its schedule of home dates; most games will be played against local NAIA schools, including Reinhardt University, Life University, University of Auburn-Montgomery and Tennessee Temple, Waugh said.
“While not all game contracts have been signed, we are comfortable releasing the dates realizing there may be some tweaking, but the schedule will consist of over 14 home dates,” he said. The squad’s road schedule should include games against NCAA division I opponents, Austin Peay and Jacksonville State.
“What Coach Ingle has done with the schedule is amazing, especially since we are not in a conference this year,” says Waugh. “We would make a statue of him, but buying a slab of marble is not in the budget. The Trade Center has also been an amazing partner that has been invaluable in getting this schedule finalized in a first class facility run by first class people.”
The team will play on a brand new floor that has been purchased by the Trade Center, and the arena configuration for basketball will consist of approximately 2,100 seats.
Season ticket information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 706-272-4482.