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Aug. 2, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Starting with the 2006-07 season, the Ohio State athletics department will offer a senior rate for season-ticket packages to Buckeye women’s basketball games. As part of restructured season-ticket plans, fans of the two-time defending Big Ten champions also will have the opportunity to purchase preferred parking at Value City Arena.

Fans ages 62 and older will, for the first time, be able to buy a discounted senior season-ticket plan, starting at $110.50 ($6.50 per game) for all 17 of Ohio State’s scheduled home dates in 2006-07. The senior plans will include the same benefits as adult tickets. Senior ticket plans also will be initiated in Ohio State men’s hockey and baseball season ticket packages as well as single game admission.

All fans that purchase women’s basketball season-ticket packages also will have the opportunity to add Ohio State’s newly introduced preferred parking plan for $75. Preferred parking will be located in the scarlet lots on the south and west sides of the Jack Nicklaus Museum off Borror Drive.

Although a complete women’s basketball 2006-07 schedule is unavailable, fans can look forward to a rematch with Boston College Nov. 19 at VCA. The Golden Eagles bounced the Buckeyes from the NCAA tournament last season after Ohio State won their regular season tilt in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Buckeyes also welcome NCAA tournament qualifiers and PAC-10 powerhouses USC (Nov. 21) and Washington (Dec. 3) to VCA. Kentucky, which reached the NCAA tourney from the Southeastern Conference last season, also is featured on the home docket. Tip-off times for those games are unavailable at this time and the Kentucky date also has yet to be set.

Under the restructured season-ticket plans, adult season tickets will cost $136 or $8 per game. Faculty and staff will receive nearly a 20 percent (18.75) discount on adult tickets. Those plans are priced at $110.50 or a $6.50 charge per contest. Student and child tickets will not change from the 2005-06 price, remaining at a cost of $42.50 for the season and $2.50 per game.

The restructured season-ticket packages will bring Ohio State up-to-speed with the top-level teams in the Big Ten. In the league, Ohio State ranked below average in cost per ticket last season. Implementing the restructured plan brings Ohio State in-line with the 2005-06 averages of Michigan State ($9.07 per game ticket) and Penn State ($8 per game ticket). Minnesota topped the Big Ten last season at $12.19 per ticket. Purdue and Illinois followed closely at nearly $7 per admission in the 2005-06 season.

Head coach Jim Foster’s squads have posted a 33-1 record at home in the last two seasons and fans can look forward to continued success with the Buckeyes returning three All-Big Ten performers from the 2005-06 season. Jessica Davenport, the two-time reigning conference player of the year, heads that list. The Columbus Independence product led the Big Ten in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots en route to reaching All-American status in each of the last two seasons.

The Buckeyes also boast the league’s top-returning 3-point shooter in junior-to-be Marscilla Packer. The native of Pickerington, Ohio, set the OSU single-season record for 3-point field goal percentage last season. Brandie Hoskins, a two-time all-conference honoree and 2006 Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player, also returns for her senior season.

Not only will fans continue to see success on the court, but season-ticket holders also will benefit from new activities, amenities and promotions at VCA. At the end of the schedule last season, VCA introduced new leather courtside seats. Fans also can enjoy an expanded activity zone in the main concourse, where they can experience games and skills challenges related to the OSU men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as men’s hockey.

After games, fans will continue to have the opportunity to meet players during postgame autograph sessions and children will be able to shoot lay-ups after select games.

Fans can access season-ticket information at www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com or at 1-800-GoBucks.