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GENERAL TICKETS ON SALE Friday, July 16, 2021 | 10:00am PT 

WHO: Battle in Seattle – Gonzaga vs. Alabama
WHERE: Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center
WHEN: Saturday, December 4, 2021 at TBA
PUBLIC ON SALE: Friday, July 16, 2021 at 10:00 am PT

SEATTLE, Wash – July 7th, 2021— Gonzaga University (GU) and University of Alabama are scheduled to play in the 2021 Battle in Seattle on Saturday, December 4th. The first-ever meeting between the programs will be the first college basketball game played in Climate Pledge Arena.

“We are excited to play an incredibly-talented team like Alabama in front of our great Seattle fan base,” Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few said. “Coach Oats is building something special in Tuscaloosa. We are looking forward to the matchup in a brand-new world-class venue.”

Game time and television information will be announced in the near future. Tickets go on-sale to the public on July 16 at 10 am PT. at Presale tickets to ZAG members will begin on July 9.

“We are thrilled to partner with Climate Pledge Arena and Gonzaga to host the game, with a matchup of the quality of Gonzaga versus Alabama,” said Dan Shell, President of OVG Collegiate. “Gonzaga is among a small handful of elite college basketball programs nationally, and it is a privilege to collaborate with their first-class athletic department on this premier college basketball event both this year and for years to come.”

The Zags are 16-9 all-time versus current members from the Southeastern Conference. GU has won eight of its last 10 meetings with an SEC opponent, including a 90-67 victory in its latest matchup with the league, versus Auburn last season.

“As we continue to program the arena, this game represents our intent to provide a variety of programming for the community. Seattle is a basketball town and the ability to attract and host elite college basketball is of high importance. This announcement along with earlier announcements  2023 and 2025 NCAA® Basketball Championship events, emphasizes this,” said Eric Bresler, Senior Vice-President of Programming for Climate Pledge Arena. 

“We are thrilled to bring back the Battle in Seattle,” incoming Gonzaga Director of Athletics Chris Standiford said. “The Emerald City has so many GU alums and supporters. The event has such a rich history, and we are looking forward to a great environment in a new state of the art arena.”

The 2021 Battle in Seattle will be the 14th edition of this event, but the first since 2015 where Gonzaga beat Tennessee, 86-79. The Bulldogs have won the last five Battle in Seattle games, and hold a 9-4 record in the event all-time.

Previous Battle in Seattle Results
Dec. 13, 2003 – #17 Gonzaga 87, #3 Missouri 80 (OT)
Dec. 4, 2004 – Gonzaga, 68, Massachusetts 57
Dec. 10, 2005 – #11 Gonzaga, 64, Oklahoma State 62
Dec. 30, 2006 – #18 Nevada 82, Gonzaga 74
Dec. 29, 2007 – #11 Tennessee 82, Gonzaga 72
Dec. 20, 2008 – #2 Connecticut 88, # 7 Gonzaga 83 (OT)
Dec. 12, 2009 – #21 Gonzaga 103, Davidson 91
Dec. 4, 2010 – #20 Illinois 73, Gonzaga 61
Dec. 17, 2011 – Gonzaga 71, Arizona 60
Dec. 15, 2012 – #14 Gonzaga 68, Kansas State 52
Dec. 14, 2013 – #20 Gonzaga 68, South Alabama 58
Dec. 20, 2014 – #8 Gonzaga 63, Cal Poly 50
Dec. 19, 2015 – #9 Gonzaga 86, Tennessee 79

About OVG Collegiate

OVG Collegiate is building a new college strategy for Oak View Group with the focus on all aspects of monetization of collegiate facilities, including equity facility partnerships, naming rights, management, booking and other college solutions.

About Climate Pledge Arena

Climate Pledge Arena, located at Seattle Center is complete redevelopment of an historic landmark, originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. It will be an industry first, including being the first net zero certified arena in the world.  Home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, and the world’s biggest performers of live music and events, Climate Pledge Arena will open in October 2021. 

Climate Pledge Arena will serve as a long-lasting and regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. The Climate Pledge, which was founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, is a commitment from companies globally to be net zero carbon by 2040. Visit


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