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First match at renovated Grace Hall sold out

With major renovations to Grace Hall nearly complete, Lehigh Athletics has announced that the first wrestling match in the new venue against Iowa State on Nov. 14 is sold out to the general public.

Faculty, staff, and students may pick up a ticket with their Lehigh ID card on the Monday prior to each match beginning at 12:15 at the ticket office. There is a limited supply of these tickets available.

Excitement for Lehigh wrestling is near record levels following last year’s fourth place finish at nationals. As a result, season ticket sales are up 55% over last year’s numbers.

Single match tickets for the remaining home duals – including nationally ranked Penn State and Hofstra – are still available, and may be purchased through the Lehigh ticket office at (610) 7LU-GAME, or by visiting the ticket office in Taylor Gym during normal business hours.

Grace Hall, the venerable Snake Pit, is home to the nationally ranked wrestling program, championship women’s volleyball team, and the popular intramural and club sports program.

When it reopens next month, it will feature an expanded lobby area with glass walls, a VIP skybox area, a modern radio and television broadcast area, and 2,200 spectator seats that are as close to the action as the former venue.

It also will have larger restroom facilities and new locker rooms for the volleyball team and visiting squads. Retractable seats will allow the playing surface to be transformed into three full-sized multi-purpose courts. The facility will also serve as an alternate practice site for the men’s and women’s basketball programs.

The new venue will carry the name Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall.

For a photo gallery documenting how the renovations progressed over the past year, click here.

Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2003

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