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Friday, October 11, 2019

Norse Nation sets record for NKU men's basketball season-ticket sales

With four weeks remaining before the official tip of the 2019-20 Northern Kentucky men’s basketball season, fans of the Norse have rallied together and set a new record for season-ticket sales. NKU’s current sales of 1,341 season tickets eclipses last year’s record of 1,322, but the Norse aren’t done there. With four weeks left until the season begins, there’s ample time to boost that sales figure before the start of the 2019-20 season on November 5th.

Norse Nation has embraced Northern Kentucky’s men’s basketball team with the season-ticket base growing to 2.6-times the total for the 2014-15 campaign. Sales have shown positive growth in each of the five years as well, rising by 824 since 2014-15.

On the hardwood, the Norse have had the most unprecedented run in NCAA history over the last three years. No other team has ever participated in two NCAA tournaments and the NIT in its first three years with active Division I membership. During that time, NKU has won two Horizon League Tournament Championships (2017, 2019) and two regular-season crowns (2018, 2019).

Thanks in large part to the support of Norse Nation, Northern Kentucky is also a combined 41-5 at BB&T Arena during that time, making NKU’s home court one of the most difficult places to play in college basketball.

Season tickets are still on sale and can be purchased online at or by calling Micki Ford at 859-572-7848. At around $11 per game, catching all the action of Norse men’s basketball through the purchase of a season ticket is affordable. Northern Kentucky also has four- and six-game mini plans, as well as single-game tickets available online.  Norse Kids Club Membership, which is $30 for youth 12-and-under, includes admission to men’s basketball.

Tyler Sharpe, Jalen Tate, Dantez Walton and Trevon Faulkner return to lead the Norse this year, with all four playing starting roles last season. Sharpe was one of the nation’s most prolific 3-point shooters, ranking 73rd in the country with 90 made treys, and averaged 14.4 points per game. Tate impacted games in multiple facets, averaging 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, while also finishing second on the team with 37 steals and reprising his place on the Horizon League All-Defensive Team. Walton is the team’s third double-digit scorer returning from a season ago, where he averaged 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds an outing. Faulkner started the final 28 games of the season and contributed 4.7 points per game on the strength of 59 percent shooting.

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