Tickets On Sale Monday For 2005 Pete Newell Challenge

Nov. 4, 2005

Oakland, Calif. - Tickets will go on sale Monday morning for the 2005 Pete Newell Challenge Presented by TicketsNow, through all Ticketmaster outlets and at The Arena in Oakland box office.

The ninth-annual college basketball event is set for Wednesday, Dec. 21, at The Arena in Oakland. The Cal Golden Bears are back in the Pete Newell Challenge after a one-year absence, taking on Big East newcomer DePaul in the second game of the doubleheader. In the first game, which begins at 5:30 p.m., highly regarded Stanford will meet Princeton. This will be a rare West Coast appearance for both DePaul and Princeton, who will be participating in the Pete Newell Challenge for the first time.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $100.

Stanford, with three standout senior starters returning in two-time All-Pac-10 guard Chris Hernandez, high-scoring guard Dan Grunfeld (a team-leading 17.9 points per game before a knee injury ended his season) and forward Matt Haryasz, the leading returning rebounder in the Pac-10 (9.1 per game), is ranked 13th in the preseason ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Cardinal (7-0) has never lost in the Pete Newell Challenge. Cal is 4-2 all-time in the event.

Ticketmaster can be reached in the Bay Area by calling 510.625.8497, 415.421.8497 or 408.998.8497, or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. The Arena in Oakland box office, 7000 Coliseum Way, 510.569.2121, www.Coliseum.com, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TicketsNow lists the world's most comprehensive online inventory of secondary market tickets, offering consumers access to a database of sports, concert and theater tickets. For more information, visit www.TicketsNow.com.

For Pete Newell Challenge media credential information, call Ryann Johnson, Leader Enterprises, 562-546-6007, or e-mail RJohnson@leaderenterprises.com.

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