Fairfield University plans to launch student tickets for 2022-23 Fairfield men’s and women’s basketball 24 hours prior to each game, according to Director of Ticket Sales and Service for Athletics Joseph Cappucci.

Although the athletics department has yet to finalize the logistics of ticket sales for students, this is the method of sales for both the women’s and men’s opening games in the new Leo D. Mahoney arena, as of right now. 

As an example, Cappucci presumes that student tickets will open on the university’s ticketing system, which students can find on fairfieldstags.com/tix, at 7 p.m. December 2 for the men’s game at 7 p.m. on December 3. 

The student section, according to Cappucci, will include approximately 500 seats in sections 107, 108 and 109. On occasion, students may spillover into sections 106 and 110 as well, he said. Students can see a map of the arena sections on fairfieldstags.com

Currently, ticket sales are anticipated to go live at the same time for all year levels, however, Cappucci said that there may be further conversation with the athletics department about the potential of seniors gaining earlier access; such a procedure is often carried out for other large university events, like Fairfield University Student Association’s Presidential Ball. 

A “student package” will also be offered for a one-time 25 dollar payment, and will grant students priority for ticket purchase, he shared. Students who buy this package will, presumably, be granted access to ticket sales 48 hours prior to each game, as opposed to 24 hours in advance. 

Cappucci relayed that marketing for student ticket sales will go into effect after logistics have been confirmed. He presumes this will be within the next two weeks. 

The university opened sales of season tickets to the general public nearly a month ago, in early September. Cappucci relayed, however, that students are discouraged from such purchases because they will receive tickets at zero cost for every game.

Overall, he is thrilled with the prospect of a sold-out opening night and a packed arena for the entire basketball season. 

“The response for season tickets has been tremendous, so far,” Cappucci said.

Approximately 700 season tickets have been sold already, most of the sales going to non-students, as opposed to roughly 92 season ticket sales last year, he continued. The current goal is to sell 1,000 season tickets before the men’s debut on December 3. 

The women’s opening game is on November 18 against Stonehill College, the same day as the grand opening of the arena.

As more of the logistics surrounding student ticketing is finalized, The Rearview will provide an update. 

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