TICKETS FOR 2019 PAC-12 CHINA GAME FEATURING ARIZONA STATE AND COLORADO
TO GO ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC ON OCTOBER 21
First-Ever All-Pac-12 Matchup Featured in 2019 Pac-12 China Game
Tickets for the 2019 Pac-12 China Game, presented by Alibaba Group, are set to go on sale to the general public on October 21. For the fifth edition of the Pac-12 Conference’s international event, the 2019 game will be the first ever to feature an all-Pac-12 matchup with ARIZONA STATE against COLORADO. The game is set for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. locally in Shanghai at the Baoshan Sports Center.
The 2019 edition will mark the fifth-straight year the Conference hosts a men’s basketball opening-week contest in China as the Pac-12 remains the only United States sports league, collegiate or professional, to host a regular season contest in the country.
Last season, the California Golden Bears men’s basketball team took part in the international experience, facing the Yale Bulldogs in the 2018 Pac-12 China Game after both programs participated in a series of cultural and educational opportunities during the trip. In prior years, UCLA edged Georgia Tech in 2017, Stanford beat Harvard in 2016 and Washington defeated Texas in the event’s debut in 2015.
For just the second time in the Pac-12 China Game’s five-year history, the contest will pit two teams coming off 20-win seasons and postseason appearances as Arizona State won 23 games and made the 2019 NCAA Tournament while Colorado also won 23 games and reached the 2019 National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals.
The trip will provide Arizona State the opportunity to engage students, alumni and partners in China as the university has over the last decade pursued a deepening relationship with China and Chinese students and universities through multiple collaborations. According to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, Arizona State was ranked as the top public university of choice for international students, hosting more than 13,000 international scholars. More than 3,500 Chinese students at Arizona State represent the largest contingent of international students at the university.
Following back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 1980-81 and 20-win seasons, head coach Bobby Hurley and the Sun Devils enter the 2019-20 campaign with key returners in senior Rob Edwards and juniors Remy Martin, Kimani Lawrence and Romello White to go along with standout junior college newcomers Alonzo Verge Jr., Khalid Thomas and Andre Allen.
For Colorado, the game will mark the first intercollegiate regular-season event for the men’s basketball program in China, from which more than 1,000 CU Boulder students hail, the largest enrollment from any foreign country at the state’s flagship campus.
Colorado enters the 2019-20 campaign with lofty expectations after being picked to finish second in the Pac-12 preseason media poll – the highest in program history. The Buffaloes return their entire starting core in seniors Lucas Siewert and Shane Gatling, juniors McKinley Wright IV and Tyler Bey, and sophomore Evan Battey. The Buffs are the first Pac-12 team to return two First Team All-Conference performers since 2009-10 in Bey and Wright IV.
The Pac-12 China Game will again help usher in the start of the 2019-20 U.S. college basketball season. The game will tip at 11:30 a.m. local Shanghai time on Saturday, Nov. 9 (7:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. MT on Friday, Nov. 8) and be televised live on ESPN2 in the United States and streamed live on Youku Tudou in China.
Alibaba Group (NYSE: BABA), the world’s largest online and mobile commerce company, will once again serve as the game’s presenting sponsor after extending its sponsorship through the 2020 Pac-12 China Game. In addition to event sponsorship, Alibaba will distribute the game live via their mobile and digital distribution platforms and Alibaba Sports Group will support the game in the areas of sponsorship, ticketing, advertising and marketing. The company’s leadership, including Alibaba co-founder and executive vice chairman Joe Tsai, will also host student-athletes and delegations from each university at the Alibaba Sports headquarters in Shanghai for meetings with company leadership and an academic symposium on Chinese culture and business.
Longtime Pac-12 partner Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC), which operates under China's Ministry of Education and also extended its strategic collaboration with the Conference through 2020, will co-host the game while AEG will operate the event.
More than 22,000 fans have attended the four previous Pac-12 China Games, which for the third straight year will be played at Baoshan Sports Center, currently home to Shanghai Baoshan Dahua Swordfish of the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association. More information on the Pac-12 China Game, Pac-12 Global and the Pac-12 Conference can be found at Pac-12.com.
About Pac-12 Global:
Founded in 2011, Pac-12 Global is an unprecedented effort to harness the passion and spirit of collegiate athletics to showcase the Pac-12 Conference and its member institutions around the world, while giving student-athletes access to transformative life experiences and impactful cultural exchanges. The initiative uses athletics to support the ambitious international strategies that many Pac-12 universities have embarked upon to extend their reach around the world. For more information on the initiative and its history, go to Pac-12.com/global.
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