CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston will play host to the 2012 Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant on Nov. 15, 16 & 18, at TD Arena.
The CofC men's basketball team will be one of eight teams competing in the tournament field which includes 2012 NCAA Tournament participants Baylor (Big 12), Colorado (Pac-12) and Murray State (OVC) as well as Auburn (SEC), Boston College (ACC), Dayton (A-10) and St. John's (BIG EAST). The Cougars last participated in the tournament in 2008.
"The Charleston Classic is a first-class event held in a terrific location," CofC Head Coach Doug Wojcik said. "Having been a visitor here last year (as the head coach of the University of Tulsa), the weather, the hotels, the hospitality and the arena are second-to-none. It will be a wonderful opportunity for us to participate against a really tough field in front of our own home crowd at TD Arena."
Auburn and Murray State complete the tournament field which was originally announced with seven teams, with the loss of Southern Illinois. Murray State and Colorado both advanced to the NCAA third round, while Baylor reached the Elite Eight. Dayton earned a berth in the Postseason NIT.
The 2012 Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant, an eight-team men's college basketball tournament, will feature 12 games over the three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracket-tournament format. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship match.
The Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN. Northwestern won the 2011 tournament title. Previous winners include Clemson (2008), Miami (2009) and Georgetown (2010).
Fans can purchase tickets and travel packages for the DIRECTV Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant by logging onto www.AnthonyTravel.com. All seats are general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.cofcsports.com/tickets or by calling the CofC Athletics Ticket Office at (843) 953-COFC. Charleston Classic ticket packages will go on sale to the general public on July 2, 2012, at 9 a.m. (ET).
All session tickets are available for purchase and provides access to all 12 games/six sessions of the tournament. All session tickets are general admission and priced at $90. Please note, this package can be ordered through each of the participating schools prior to July 2, 2012, for $75. After July 2, this offer will no longer be available and the price will be $90.
A booster/fan ticket is also available for purchase and provides access to six games (three sessions) during the tournament (one session per day). The booster/fan ticket allows a fan to watch every game in which their team is playing and is priced at $60.
A single session ticket allows access to two games (one session). There is a morning session and an afternoon session on each of the three-day tournament. These can only be ordered online or by calling the CofC Athletics Ticket Office directly beginning on July 2. A single session ticket is priced at $20.
For CofC fans who purchase 2012-13 season tickets, a CofC Fan Pack to the 2012 Charleston Classic will be included in their season-ticket package (all seats are general admission and not reserved). There will be no need to purchase Charleston Classic tickets in advance or separately.
ESPN Regional Television/Event Ownership
The nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming, ESPN Regional Television (ERT) annually produces more than 1,200 sporting events. Content includes action from NCAA football, basketball and Olympic sports, NHRA and professional and amateur golf, accounting for more than 3,400 live and/or original hours of programming. ERT's owned and operated events reach over a million fans a year and provides more than 200 additional hours of programming.
In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences (SEC, BIG EAST, Big 12, Mid-American, WAC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.