Tickets Still Available for Pete Newell Challenge

Dec. 24, 2002

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.-Students who are home for the holidays, and sports-minded families in search of an affordable outing, will have a chance to see two outstanding college basketball games next Saturday afternoon at The Arena in Oakland at discounted ticket prices.

The sixth-annual Pete Newell Challenge Presented by Allstate offers 'the Bay Area's best day of basketball,' with a doubleheader that again gives local college hoop fans a rare opportunity to see both Cal and Stanford on the same day in the same building.

In the first game, starting at 12:30 p.m., highly regarded Kansas (6-3), which advanced to the Final Four last season, takes on Cal (6-1), a young team off to a strong start this season. In the second game, at approximately 2:30 p.m., highly regarded Gonzaga (8-3), which has already beaten Utah and North Carolina State, meets Pac-10 power Stanford (7-3). All four teams played in the NCAA Tournament last season. Neither Cal (4-0) nor Stanford (4-0) has ever lost a game in the Pete Newell Challenge.

Ticket prices for this year's Pete Newell Challenge range from $20 to $100. High school or college students can purchase any seats in the arena's upper bowl for half-price. In addition, groups buying three tickets in any available seating areas will receive a fourth ticket free.

'This year's afternoon starting times offer a family-friendly opportunity to see great college basketball,' said Jeff Fellenzer, president and creator of the Pete Newell Challenge. 'Also, we think a good student turnout will provide the kind of energy level in the arena that reflects the color and passion that is such a big part of college basketball. We had a large number of Michigan State students last year, and it really made for a great atmosphere.'

Tickets for the Pete Newell Challenge Presented by Allstate are available online through, or by calling the following Northern California outlets: (415) 478-2377, (650) 478-2277, (408) 998-2277, (510) 762-2277, (925) 762-2277 or (916) 766-2277. Outside of these area codes, please call toll-free (800) 225-2277.

Tickets are also available at The Arena in Oakland. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. For directions to the arena, call (510) 569-2121.

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