Sophomores Evan Hymes (front) and Rob Poole (back) hope to give Siena fans plenty to cheer about this season
Sept. 14, 2012
Twelve of the 14 home games on Siena's 2012-13 men's basketball schedule will be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, making it the most fan-friendly schedule in the 72-year history of the program.
"There's been great energy surrounding this team all summer, and with so many weekend games I expect Capital Region fans to really come out and support this team," head coach Mitch Buonaguro said. "There's a lot to look forward to."
The 12 "weekend" home games (games being played after the traditional workweek ends) represent the most in program history. Never before have more Siena basketball home games been scheduled on Friday, Saturday or Sunday in the same season.
The schedule was completed when the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference released the 2012-13 MAAC schedule at 10 a.m. Friday morning. Eight of Siena's nine home MAAC games will be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
The lights will be on more often than not on Friday nights in downtown Albany this winter. The Opening Week men's/women's doubleheader on Friday, November 9 at 5 p.m. is the first of seven home Friday night games on Siena's schedule, meaning half the Saints home games fall on Friday.
The annual clash with UAlbany returns to its traditional date, the first Saturday in December. This year, both the men's and women's programs will meet that day with the women tipping things off at 5 p.m.
Siena's MAAC opener is schedule for Friday, December 7 against Rider. A month later the Saints host Iona on Friday, January 4 in their second league home game of the season.
Other key MAAC contests fall on the weekend as well - Siena faces upstart Manhattan on Friday, February 1, and defending league champion Loyola on Saturday, February 16. Archrival Marist comes to town on Senior Night for the second time in three years. The Saints and Red Foxes meet in the penultimate game of the regular-season on Friday, March 1.
Seven of Siena's nine road MAAC games will also be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
The non-conference schedule was released last month, and features home games with Vermont (Friday, Nov. 9), Massachusetts (Wednesday, Nov. 28), UAlbany, LaSalle (Saturday, December 29) and an ESPN BracketBusters game to be played on either Saturday February 23 of Sunday February 24.
Siena's 14-game season ticket package is on sale now with prices starting at just $104. The popular Premium Seating Program (PSP) will be expanded to meet demand in 2012-13, with new opportunities available in the best seats in the house. PSP members enjoy exclusive benefits, including: access to premium lounge areas, in-seat waiter service and valet parking. Call the Siena Fan Relations Center at 518-487-2202 to reserve your tickets for the upcoming season.