Wichita State Game Officially a Sellout
Nov. 16, 2006
George Mason's home opener on Saturday against Wichita State has officially sold out, and a record crowd is expected in the Patriot Center when Mason plays in front of the home fans for the first time since last year's run to the Final Four. The packed house will provide a backdrop for the ESPN2 broadcast, the third time in nine months that these two teams will play in front of a national television audience.
Mason and Wichita State played on ESPN2 in a ESPN BracketBuster game. That contest was played on Feb. 18 and Mason took a 70-67 road win. The teams then met in the NCAA Tournament on March 24, a 63-55 Mason win on CBS. Saturday's game will pit a pair of teams that are receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
The sellout is just the fourth in school history, the first against an opponent other than James Madison. Not only is a new overall single-game attendance record expected for the contest, but a new student attendance record is anticipated as well.
Items of note for fans lucky enough to have tickets to the contest:
The Washington Regional Championship Trophy will be on display in the concourse.