JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 20, 2014) – The ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Thursday that the Buccaneers’ men’s basketball team will host the University of Tennessee during the 2016-17 season.
“This is something that our fans have talked about for a long time and it’s great that we were able to work something out,” said ETSU head coach Murry Bartow, whose team is scheduled to face Tennessee in Knoxville later this season on Dec. 31. “It’s a three-year agreement starting with this season, with us going to Tennessee this year and next season. For our players, I know this is something they will be looking forward to in 2016-17.”
Fans wishing to secure their seats for the Tennessee game in Johnson City can do so today by purchasing a special ticket package. For just $30, the “Rivalry Pack” will include a ticket to the Bucs first game back in the Southern Conference against Western Carolina on Dec. 3, a ticket to the Bucs’ home game with Chattanooga during the 2015-16 season, and a ticket to the Tennessee game during the 2016-17 campaign.
To purchase the “Rivalry Pack,” call the ETSU ticket office at 423-439-ETSU (3878).
“There will be a great deal of demand surrounding tickets for the UT game, and this Rivalry Pack gives fans an opportunity to secure their seats for that game today,” said ETSU Senior Associate Athletic Director/COO Scott Carter. “It’s safe to say this will be one of the most highly anticipated games for our program in some time, so we want to give fans a chance now to get their tickets.”
Fans that purchase the “Rivalry Pack” will be given their tickets to the Western Carolina game, along with vouchers to be redeemed in the coming years for the Chattanooga and Tennessee games. These vouchers will be available for pickup inside Freedom Hall the night of the Western Carolina game.
The Bucs and Volunteers have met on the hardwood 13 times, with ETSU winning back-to-back games in Knoxville during the 1989-90 and 1991-92 seasons. Tennessee has made four visits to Johnson City in the series, but the Vols have not visited the ETSU campus since Dec. 9, 1963, a 48-47 win for Tennessee.