Friday, January 30, 2009

ACC to use redistribution to sell out tournament

Karl Hicks was knocking on wood for good luck when he said it.
Nonetheless, he predicted that the ACC will be able to sell all its tickets for the conference tournament March 12-15 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
With the economy in a free fall, this isn’t the ideal year for the ACC to be holding its tournament in the large venue, which will seat 36,000 for the games. But Hicks still expects a sellout.
“We think we’ll be fine overall at the end of the day,” said Hicks, the ACC’s associate commissioner for men’s basketball.
If you’ve always wanted to go to an ACC tournament but aren’t high enough on a school’s donations list to get tickets in most years, this might be your year. Hicks expects that some schools won’t be able to sell their entire allotment.
Those tickets then will be redistributed to schools where the demand for ACC tournament tickets hasn’t been filled. That could mean a lot of extra tickets for fans at the basketball-crazed schools in North Carolina. – Ken Tysiac