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Published March 5, 2013
TECH SUPPORT: In Atlanta, Ken Sugiura reported the Georgia Tech men's basketball team sold about 4,400 season tickets for the inaugural season at McCamish Pavilion, "meeting the goal set prior to the start of the season." The school averaged 7,288 per game at the 8,600-seat arena and has earned $4.13M "in total revenue, including ticket sales and contributions to the TECH Fund." That marks a 19.6% increase in attendance from '10-11, the last season the team played at Alexander Memorial Coliseum, and a 13.2% total revenue increase. Attendance is 47.9% better than last year, when GT split time between Philips Arena and Gwinnett Center, "with a 100.7 percent improvement in total revenues." GT Associate AD/Sales & Fan Experience Rick Thorpe said, "The attendance has done as well as we could have expected. The support has been fantastic." Sugiura noted fans were "largely enthusiastic" about McCamish Pavilion, though some "did have issue with Tech's longstanding challenges with traffic and parking and also the limited options at concession stands" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 3/3).