JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 4, 2016) – The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Wednesdaythat the Buccaneers’ women’s basketball program will host the University of Tennessee Lady Vols next season on Tuesday, Nov. 15 inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
The game is part of a three-game contract that will also see ETSU travel to face the Lady Vols in Knoxville during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. This will be the first time the Tennessee women’s program has played at ETSU since Jan. 17, 1981.
“We feel like we have put together an incredible non-conference schedule for our blue and gold faithful and obviously that schedule is highlighted by a game with the University of Tennessee Lady Vols here in Johnson City on Nov. 15th,” said ETSU head coach Brittney Ezell. “I know that the response to this game alone will do wonders to help elevate our program, our University and the game of women’s basketball in our region.
“Obviously, with the demand that this game will place on tickets, we will do everything in our power to make sure this game is accessible and affordable to any and everyone who wants to attend. We are extremely excited for the future of our program and our ability to attract high caliber opponents to Johnson City, and this is another step in the right direction for all of ETSU.”
Because of the expected high demand for tickets, the game will be moved out of the Bucs normal home at Brooks Gym, and will be played inside the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center. This will be the first basketball game held inside the Dome since the end of the 2013-14 season, when the men’s program moved its home games to Freedom Hall.
ETSU Senior Associate Athletic Director/COO Scott Carter said ETSU season ticket holders, donors and fans will have top priority to purchase tickets for the game.
“ETSU athletics is committed to taking care of our donors, season ticket holders, and fans for this historic event,” Carter said. “In the coming weeks, we will be sending out ticket renewals for next year and this will be the first opportunity for our supporters to purchase tickets. We will then make every effort to ensure that our fans get the tickets they want before opening up sales to the general public later this year.”
For more information on ETSU women’s basketball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s hoops link.