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ACC tourney tickets could go public

Posted February 16, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— Come March, it's one of the most coveted tickets in the country: a seat at the Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament.

Usually, a regular fan needs a well-placed fan or well-stocked scalper to get a ticket. But this year, ACC officials are considering offering some tickets directly to the general public for the first time in 43 years.

Public could get pick of ACC tourney tickets

In most years, all the tickets get snapped up when they are distributed by the conference and member schools. But a number of schools say they are still holding onto unsold tickets for the 2009 tournament, which runs March 12-15 at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.

The Georgia Dome is an NFL stadium much larger than most venues where the ACC tournament is played. Sources close to the ACC say that based on the number of tickets already sold, any other venue would have been sold out.

ACC officials believe that the down economy also has some fans less likely to spend and travel than in past years.

Conference officials were talking with members schools about the possibility of selling tickets publicly. So far, Virginia Tech is the only ACC school that has made tickets available to the public online.

If the ACC does follow suit, it'll be the conference's first public sale since the 1966 tournament, played in North Carolina State University's Reynolds Coliseum.

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  • pack-man Feb 17, 1:08 p.m.

    greedy acc. serves them right. they should permanently put it greensboro.

  • streetfightinman Feb 17, 11:04 a.m.

    Don't have it in atlanta have it in greensboro so people can afford it.

  • any1butcarolina0405 Feb 16, 8:56 p.m.

    Well they shouldn't have moved it to Atlanta then! Guess they learned their lesson!

  • hi_i_am_wade Feb 16, 8:25 p.m.

    Unfortunately for the ACC, I stopped using my credit card a year and a half ago before the credit crisis hit. (It was a combination of I wanted to get out of debt and I knew what was coming because I read a US News article about this coming many years before it happened.) All my extra cash goes toward paying off the card and a little in savings for vacations. If not for that, I would be all over this. Despite being in Atlanta. *shudders*. Atlanta: a Delta hub, a Coca-Cola plant, a suburb, Ted Turner, and nothing else. Atlanta, what every city should use as a model for how NOT to make a city.

  • foetine Feb 16, 8:12 p.m.

    what hype. Doesn't anyone remember how they were selling tickets for the tourney in Tampa when nobody wanted to go down there?