Doug McDermott learned first-hand the support that Creighton will enjoy at next month’s Missouri Valley tournament in St. Louis.
The Bluejays’ All-America forward said some high school friends recently contacted him to see if he could buy tickets for them for the March 7-10 tournament at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
“They told me we were all sold out,’’ McDermott said, chuckling. “I had to pull some strings to get them the tickets. It’s a good problem to have, having too many fans.’’
The Valley announced Monday that its Feb. 1 sales report indicates that Creighton fans have purchased a record 4,038 all-session tickets for the tournament. That’s almost 1,000 more than the other nine schools have combined to sell.
The Feb. 1 report counts the tickets sold by the schools and does not include those that might have been purchased through Ticketmaster or other outlets.
The lower bowl at the Scottrade Center is sold out. It seats just less than 10,000 people, which means Creighton fans could take up almost half the seats in prime locations of the arena.
McDermott said the support the fans give the team does not surprise him.
“It’s so cool the fans care so much about our team and come out and support us every single night,’’ McDermott said. “Whether it’s at home or on the road, their support has been great all year.”
Wichita State is the only other school to sell more than 1,000 all-session tickets, with Shocker fans purchasing 1,181.
Overall, this year’s advanced sales of 7,129, with 30 days remaining, ranks fourth in league history. Valley schools sold a record 8,601 tickets in 2008, with 2007 (7,784) and 2009 (7,240) also ranking ahead of this season’s total.