Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 | 2:05 a.m.
About 700 tickets remain for the UNLV basketball team’s 1 p.m. Saturday game against visiting San Diego State at the Thomas & Mack Center, and school officials anticipate a sellout before the day of the game.
A majority of the remaining seats are located in the balcony section and priced starting at $25. There are a handful of seats in the plaza (the lower bowl), but those are single tickets.
San Diego State (20-3 overall, 6-1 Mountain West Conference) is ranked No. 13 nationally by the Associated Press and is in sole possession of first place in the Mountain West. The Aztecs beat UNLV 69-67 last month in the league opener.
“It’s the most anticipated Runnin’ Rebel regular season game at the Thomas & Mack Center in years, if not in a decade or two,” said D.J. Allen, UNLV’s seninor associate athletic director, who oversees marketing and communications.
UNLV (21-4 overall, 5-2 league) already had a sellout of 18,500 fans last month against New Mexico, giving the program a sellout in four straight seasons — in 2009 and 2010 against BYU, and 2011 against San Diego State. Before 2009, UNLV went 16 years without a sellout.
Unlike the previous games that sold out, Allen anticipates there will be no tickets remaining by Saturday. Also, all of the student tickets have already been distributed.