After 17 years away from its tight, intimate quarters, Penn State men's basketball will once again host an opponent at Rec Hall for a one-off game against the Princeton Tigers on Saturday, December 14th. General tickets, which will cost $20, will go on sale on September 24th, and a student sale will take place sometime in October. Season ticket holders will be able to purchase tickets on September 10th. Capacity for the game is set at 6,300. From the press release:
"This is a very exciting day for our program, alumni and fans of Penn State basketball," [Pat] Chambers said. "I watched Penn State basketball in Rec Hall when I was younger, and it was electric. When I think of Rec Hall I think of passion, energy and tradition. We listened to our alums and fans and we wanted to bring that Rec Hall experience back. I'm very grateful to Dr. Joyner, the administration and my fellow coaches who currently occupy Rec Hall who have been incredibly cooperative in making this game a reality."
The staff is also having discussions about retro uniforms for the game, which shouldn't even be a question.
Princeton finished second in the Ivy League last season and posted a top-150 RPI. Chambers expects them to be a difficult opponent who will have a good chance of making it to the NCAA tournament. Penn State will have similar aspirations this season as they return two of the top guards in the Big Ten in Tim Frazier and D.J. Newbill.
Rec Hall was home to Nittany Lion hoops for over 60 years until the construction and opening of the Bryce Jordan Center in January, 1996. Penn State went 514-183 during their time there under nine different coaches, the last of which was Bruce Parkhill, who was on hand at today's presser to talk about the history of the venue: "The crowd affected the game. It was the best."
"We listen. We heard what the fans were saying. We heard what the students were saying. We heard you," Chambers stated at the presser. A proud day for Penn Staters 4 RecHall Shootyhoops indeed. More quotes and reactions to follow as they come in from our man on the scene, Bill.
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