The University of Alabama will face off against Gonzaga University for the first time at this year’s Battle in Seattle. It will be the first time the neutral-site event has occurred since 2015.

Taking place in Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, this is the first college basketball event to take place within the new 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.”

Tickets to ZAG members go on presale starting July 9th, and then on-sale to the general public on July 16th at 10 am Pacific time. Game time and television information will be announced at a later time.

This is the 14th edition of Battle in Seattle, and the first in six years. Gonzaga has won the past five games, with their most recent victory in 2015 against University of Tennessee, 86-79. The last event saw a record turnout with 16,770 in attendance.

GU has won eight of it’s last ten meetings against a Southeastern Conference opponent, and they hold a 16-9 total record. It’s latest matchup against SEC member Auburn University last season saw the Zags victorious at 90-67.

“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.”

Alexander Prevost is a staff writer for the Gonzaga Bulletin. He is passionate about writing, politics, and music.

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