FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona Head Coach Jack Murphy will make his home coaching debut against Sam Houston State on Dec. 1 in the Walkup Skydome in the first of 12 men's basketball home games this season. NAU will offer lower season and single-game ticket prices as the Lumberjacks return to play in the Skydome this season.
"We want to get the community and the student body excited about NAU basketball, making the Walkup Skydome a fun place to watch a game and a great home-court advantage," said Murphy.
Season and single-game prices have been significantly reduced with the new Family Pack providing opportunities for fans to bring their families to see the action.
Season ticket packages start as low as $80.
The new Family Pack, which is a general admission season package including two adult and two youth tickets for each game, is just $199 – a price that equals $4 per person per game. Additional youth tickets may be added to the Family Pack for $60.
Reserved season tickets are $120 for adults ($10 per game average) with a reduced rate of $110 for NAU faculty and staff. Youth (12 and younger) reserved season tickets are $80 for the 12-game home schedule.
General admission tickets are $80 for the entire season for adults and $60 for youth.
Premium reserved season tickets are available for $120 with a membership in the Lumberjack Athletic Association (LAA) with reduced prices available for faculty and staff ($110) and youth ($80) tickets who are LAA members. NAU students will continue to receive free admission to games.
Individual game tickets are just $12 for reserved ($8 for youth and senior) and $6 for general admission ($6 for faculty and staff, youth and seniors). Single-game tickets will be available for sale at a later date.
Prior to opening its home state, NAU will open the season with six consecutive road games to kick off a challenging schedule for the first-year head coach.
"It is going to get our guys excited," said Murphy. "We are going to play in some of the best arenas and college basketball environments against some great teams and coaches on the west coast."
The Lumberjacks open play on Nov. 10 at Oregon of the Pac 12 followed by a contest at UNLV on Nov. 12.
"The arena at Oregon has got a lot of publicity since it opened up and they always have a great team," said Murphy. "To kick off the year with those two road games is fantastic. It is great for our program and our players. As a coaching staff, it will let us know where we are at early in the season."
The NAU game against UNLV in Las Vegas has special meaning for the Lumberjack mentor.
"Las Vegas is the place I grew up loving basketball," said Murphy. "For my second game as a head coach to be at UNLV is going to be something special."
The Oregon and UNLV games are part of the Global Sports Classic that will bring the Lumberjacks back to Las Vegas over Thanksgiving for back-to-back games on Nov. 23-24. NAU will play Jacksonville State with the winner/loser facing the winner/loser of Campbell vs. North Carolina A&T.
NAU will also play non-conference road games at UC Davis on Nov. 18 and at Arizona in Tucson on Nov. 28.
Sam Houston State game starts a four-game home stretch during the month of December with a game on Dec. 5 against Loyola Marymount and the Big Sky Conference opening weekend against Montana State (Dec. 17) and Montana (Dec. 19).
"We are one of the few schools in the country that play in a dome stadium," said Murphy. "It is advantageous to us in recruiting and adds an element of adjustment for the road team. The key for us is to be successful and attract people to the seats."
The Lumberjacks will play two non-conference games over the holiday break, traveling to Colorado on Dec. 21 and BYU on Dec. 27 before embarking on the rest of the conference slate.
"The ultimate goal is how we do in conference," said Murphy. "We want to compete and be in the upper echelon group and be in a position to be successful in the conference tournament. These early tests can help us down the road if we approach them with the right mental framework."
Sacramento State and Southern Utah play in Flagstaff on Jan. 3 and Jan. 5, respectively. SUU and North Dakota will be playing basketball in the conference for the first time this season.
NAU will also host home Big Sky games on the weekend of Jan. 24-26 with games against Northern Colorado and North Dakota. Portland State visits the Skydome on Feb. 7, followed by Eastern Washington on Feb. 9.
The Lumberjacks will participate in ESPN BracketBusters on Feb. 23 but will be on the road for the event this season.
Idaho State visits on Feb. 28, while defending Big Sky co-champion Weber State will close out the regular season home schedule for Senior Night on March 2.
NAU closes out the regular season with two games in Montana against the Bobcats and Grizzlies.
All 31 regular season contests will be broadcast on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM The Big Talker in Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona. NAU-TV and Fox Sports Arizona are scheduled to televise several games this season. The full television schedule will be announced at a later date on nauathletics.com.
The Lumberjacks will open the season with an exhibition contest on Oct. 26 against Haskell University in the Rolle Activity Center, the only men's game scheduled to be played in the building this season.
2012-13 Northern Arizona Men's Basketball Schedule (All times TBA)
October – 26 Haskell TBA; November - 10 at Oregon# TBA; 12 at UNLV#; 18 at UC Davis TBA; 23 Jacksonville State# (Las Vegas, Nev.) TBA; 24 Campbell/N.C. A&T#; 28 at Arizona TBA; December – 1 Sam Houston State TBA; 5 Loyola Marymount TBA; 17 Montana* TBA; 19 Montana State* TBA; 21 at Colorado TBA; 27 at BYU TBA; January – 3 Sacramento State* TBA; 5 Southern Utah* TBA; 10 at Eastern Washington* TBA; 12 at Portland State* TBA; 17 at Weber State* TBA; 19 at Idaho State* TBA; 24 Northern Colorado* TBA; 26 North Dakota* TBA; February – 2 at Southern Utah* TBA; 4 at Sacramento State* TBA; 7 Portland State * TBA; 9 Eastern Washington* TBA; 14 at Northern Colorado* TBA; 16 at North Dakota* TBA; 23 at BracketBusters TBA; 28 Idaho State* TBA; March – 2 Weber State* TBA.
# Global Sports Classic * Big Sky Conference Game