July 11, 2012
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STANFORD, Calif.- Stanford will square off against San Francisco in its 2012-13 season opener on Friday, Nov. 9, with the game to be played at Oracle Arena in Oakland, as announced today by interim athletic director Patrick Dunkley.
The game is tentatively slated to tip at 7 p.m. (subject to change). Television plans will be determined in the coming weeks.
"We are excited to open our season against San Francisco, which is a program that our staff has a lot of respect for," said Johnny Dawkins, Stanford's Anne and Tony Joseph Director of Men's Basketball. "This is a great opportunity for Bay Area basketball fans to watch what should be a very competitive game. It's also a chance for both teams to gain the experience of playing in an NBA arena."
The neutral site contest represents the first meeting between the two Bay Area programs since Nov. 23, 2005, when the Cardinal defeated the Dons 71-56 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford leads the all-time series 44-21.
Oracle Arena, an AEG managed facility, is the premier sports and entertainment facility in Northern California. Originally constructed in 1966, it has been home to the NBA's Golden State Warriors since 1971. Since its opening 46 years ago, Oracle Arena has hosted a spectrum of events in both the sporting and entertainment industries including concerts, circus, boxing, rodeos, religious speakers and ice shows.
Tickets for the event will be sold throughout the lower bowl of Oracle Arena, including $50 courtside seats, $25 premium seating, and $15 reserved tickets. Student tickets will be sold for $10 with a valid student ID card. For groups of 15 or more people, tickets will be sold for $12 each.
To purchase tickets via phone call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or purchase online here.
Stanford (26-11, 10-8 Pac-12) captured its third championship in school history in 2011-12, closing out the year as Postseason NIT champions. Appearing in the postseason for the first time in three years, the Cardinal chalked up its best win total since a 28-8 campaign in 2007-08. Despite placing seventh in regular-season conference play, Stanford wrapped up the year as the Pac-12's winningest program and tallied a league-best four victories against the RPI's top-50.
San Francisco (20-14, 8-8 WCC) is coming off its first 20-win campaign since a 25-6 finish in 1981-82. The Dons advanced to the postseason for the second straight season, falling to Washington State in the opening round of the CBI. San Francisco has improved its record every season under the direction of fifth-year head coach Rex Walters. Key returnees for the Dons include juniors Cody Doolin (9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg) and Cole Dickerson (7.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg. 28 blocks).