Season tickets for the Eastern Mennonite University basketball season are now available.
Ticket packages are available for men's only, women's only or a combo of all men's and women's home games.
Director of Athletics Dave King said that the local community has helped Eastern Mennonite have some of the best fans in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference year after year. EMU's men were third in the ODAC last year, with an average attendance of 589. The women also sported some of the best home crowds in the ODAC, averaging 381 fans per game.
"The basketball season provides us with an opportunity to connect with the community in very unique ways," explained King. "I am very grateful for the interest the local community has developed in our basketball teams. While up-tempo, energetic play, along with winning creates exciting events to watch, I believe that those who follow the Royals recognize and celebrate the ways lives are being shaped through sports."
Both the men's and women's teams have some marque matchups in Yoder Arena this season, including a season opening doubleheader next Wednesday, Nov. 15. The women open the night with a 5:30pm tip-off against Lancaster Bible College, a team that has won the South Division of the NEAC each of the past five seasons. The Runnin Royals then bring in Mary Washington at 8:00pm. UMW advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and beat Eastern Mennonite, 88-71, in the season opener last year in Fredericksburg, Va.
EMU's women host a tip-off invitational on Nov. 17 and 18, taking on Hilbert and Penn State-Altoona. The Royals also host four of five games during a tough stretch in mid-January, featuring defending ODAC champion Lynchburg and rival Bridgewater, as well as powerful Virginia Wesleyan and Emory & Henry.
Some of the men's toughest home games come early after Christmas, including Bridgewater on Jan. 3 and defending ODAC champion Guilford on Jan. 6.
The men and women combine for six doubleheaders in 2017-18, including on the final day of the regular season when the men host Emory & Henry and the women welcome Hollins. There are 25 home games for the Eastern Mennonite basketball teams this year, 13 for the women and 12 for the men.
In an effort to make the games available to everyone, EMU will again be video streaming all home games. Local legend Scott Lowe returns for his eighth season as the Voice of the Royals. King noted that the high definition webcast through EMUroyals.com is offered free of charge, but he welcomed financial contributions to help offset production costs.
For Season Ticket orders, call (540) 432-4440. Single Game Tickets are only available at the door. All Season Tickets and Single Game Tickets are general admission.
$100 - Combo Adult - All men's and women's home games
$70 - Combo Senior Citizen or Child - All men's and women's home games
$60 - Men's Adult - All men's home games
$40 - Men's Senior Citizen or Child - All men's home games
$60 - Women's Adult - All women's home games
$40 - Women's Senior Citizen or Child - All women's home games
Single Game Tickets
$6 - Adults
$4 - Senior citizens/children/visiting students (w/ID)
Free - EMU students/EMU employees/children under school age
Free - Household family members of EMU employees
Family Package - Families pay $16 which covers parents and children high school age and under