Jean Hanson has always been a big sports fan, but it wasn't until 1999 that she found a game-changing passion.
That was the year she first stepped in Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch the Duke women's basketball team. She received tickets as part of purchasing the Employee Athletic Pass. By the 2000-01 season, Hanson was hooked on watching All-Americans Alana Beard and Georgia Schweitzer lead the Blue Devils to a 30-win season."It took me a few games to realize how cool it was to watch them play," said Hanson, associate director of clinical support and outreach for Duke Student Health. "Our women are such phenomenal athletes, and I don't think a lot of people realize what kind of high-caliber play they can watch right on campus for a great price."
Through the Employee Athletic Pass, presented by the Duke Credit Union, women's basketball season tickets are available at a discounted rate of $75. The price provides four tickets to each game in Cameron Indoor Stadium and includes matchups against ACC rivals like Maryland and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Faculty and staff can purchase the Employee Athletic Pass by calling Duke Athletics' ticket office at (919) 681-2583.
"With a very exciting season, we need the Duke faculty and staff's help to achieve our goal of packing Cameron Indoor Stadium each and every contest," said women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie. "The support we receive in the stands during games, the support our student-athletes receive in the classroom and from all across Duke from our faculty and staff is incredible. They are a very important part to the success of our program."
Melissa Reese hopes to see a packed Cameron Indoor Stadium this season. She's attended nearly every women's basketball game for nearly 20 years and travels to some games in Chapel Hill and Raleigh and games in Maryland and Virginia. A research analyst in Duke's Stem Cell Laboratory, Reese invites friends and family to join her at games to spread interest and show off the excitement of Blue Devil basketball.
"I think the young women on the team are excellent role models, especially for young girls," Reese said. "It's also a convenient and inexpensive way to take part in the famous Cameron atmosphere because the Duke women's basketball fans are very enthusiastic about this team."