Hawaii men’s volleyball: Big West tournament tickets going fast

The Stan Sheriff Center was sold out for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors match against the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos on April 6, and similar crowds could happen this weekend for the Big West tournament. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser

As of noon on Wednesday, about 7,100 ticket packages had been sold for the Big West men’s volleyball tournament Thursday through Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center, according to Hawaii athletic director David Matlin.

If you wanted to buy tickets for UH’s semifinal match Friday (and possible title game appearance Saturday), you had to buy the complete tourney package (including first-round games Thursday that do not feature the host team). Only upper-level seating for $36 per adult package (discounted for seniors and students) were available.

Individual day tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday. Based on the Sheriff’s 10,300 capacity, only about 3,000 seats are left night to night.

One option is to purchase them online.

Matlin said UH’s goal had been 7,000 packages sold by Thursday’s action, so that’s already been exceeded. No. 3 UC Irvine takes on No. 6 UC San Diego at 5 p.m., followed by No. 4 UC Santa Barbara vs. No. 5 Cal State Northridge at 7:30 p.m. UH faces the UCI-UCSD winner on Friday.

It should go without saying, but it’s anticipated that it’ll be a busy Friday and Saturday around lower campus. Friday, especially, features UH baseball at 6:30 p.m. against Cal State Fullerton, which will overlap with the heavy crowd expected for UH’s 7:30 volleyball semifinal. A sellout is entirely possible after the Rainbow Warriors (25-2) sold out their senior night against UCSB.

UH is offering some alternative parking on upper campus.

Saturday, if UH is playing in the 8 p.m. championship game, would be expected to be similarly congested with another sellout (or close to one) quite possible. However, UH baseball takes place at 1 p.m. that day, so that, at least, will not add to the congestion.

Rainbow Warrior fans shook ti leaves in the senior night match against UCSB. / Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell, Star-Advertiser