If you buy it, they will come: Coach Brown’s ticket buy packs SEFCU for AE tournament
UAlbany Athletics Coach Will Brown packed the student section for the America East tournament this past weekend. Check out our sports page for full coverage.
Coach Will Brown has no time for box office ticket sales. As UAlbany played host to the America East Conference Tournament March 8-10, Brown made sure students would come out to support their school.
Brown, the men’s basketball head coach, his wife Jamie, and SEFCU President and CEO Michael J. Castellana purchased 400 tickets for UAlbany students in an attempt the “pack the house” for UAlbany’s quarter-final match up against Maine and semi-final bout against Stony Brook this past weekend.
Brown said that students are a vital part of UAlbany basketball and has commented before about lack of attendance.
“There’s no doubt out the crowd helps us create a huge home court advantage in addition to the energy we create as a team,” Brown said.
At most home games, “Dane-ger Zone” student section includes the pep band and few others from the student body of more than 17,000, despite regular season tickets being free to students.
Many students who went to Brown’s office to retrieve their ticket were very enthusiastic about the game.
“A lot of them were saying ‘Hey coach, we are going to be really loud! That kind of energy is fantastic,” he said.
Brown said since the ticket give-away was a success with only 31 tickets remaining at last count, he would definitely do it again. At first, he was giving out one ticket per student but many wanted one for friends and guests, which Brown did not turn away.
After the Danes 50-49 win against Maine on Saturday, Coach Brown announced there would be 400 more tickets available for Sunday’s game against Stony Brook.
“If I have to stay after the game and give out tickets, I will,” he said. Tickets were available until 2 a.m. Saturday night and on Sunday morning as well.
The importance of students in the crowd means more than just a packed arena to the Danes.
“I hope the students know that when we win, they are a big part of it, this is all to connect better and let them know that we appreciate them being here,” he said.
Those students and fans in attendance Sunday were treated to a thrilling last second victory as the Danes edged top seeded Stony Brook to advance to the America East Championship. Check out our sports section for full coverage.