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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

KU athletics offering promotions leading to men’s basketball tickets for as little as $10

Unused student seats being resold

Kansas fans come to their feet in the north end zone as the Jayhawks leave the court Wednesday following warmups in preparation for tipoff against Alcorn State at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas Athletics Inc. is discounting seats normally reserved for students at $10 a seat.

Kansas fans come to their feet in the north end zone as the Jayhawks leave the court Wednesday following warmups in preparation for tipoff against Alcorn State at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas Athletics Inc. is discounting seats normally reserved for students at $10 a seat.

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Tickets for selected games featuring America’s top-ranked college basketball team are being sold for less than the price of a souvenir mini KU basketball. Bill Self’s Jayhawks — No. 1 in the polls since preseason — can be seen for as little as $10 at Allen Fieldhouse and at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., as Kansas Athletics Inc. works to resell tickets anticipated to be left unused by Kansas University students departing campus for winter break.

The online deals tipped off over the Thanksgiving holiday and remained in play through the day Wednesday. Kansas Athletics sends out such discount notifications and promotional codes online, to people who have signed up for updates.

“This is something new,” said Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director. “We want to make games available to those who they would not normally be available to, at a time when the students are not on campus.”

About 4,000 seats normally reserved for students are being offered for resale as general-admission seats at the 16,300-seat fieldhouse, Marchiony said. The fieldhouse games included in the promotion are Dec. 9 against Radford and Jan. 6 against Cornell.

Also available at a discount: Dec. 12 against LaSalle, at Sprint Center. “We’ll just sell them while supplies last,” Marchiony said.

Marchiony acknowledges that he cannot recall a time when tickets for Kansas men’s basketball had sold for so little. Outside the promotion, general-admission tickets at the fieldhouse regularly are $35, he said, and season tickets carry a face value of $50 or $65.

Wednesday night’s game against winless Alcorn State was the 133rd consecutive sellout at the fieldhouse, and the streak will be guaranteed to continue even if some of the general-admission seats go unsold. That’s because all of the 4,000 student seats were sold out before the football season, when students bought football and basketball season tickets for a total of $150.

Such tickets are loaded onto KU students’ ID cards, and Kansas Athletics officials regularly anticipate that a portion of those students won’t show up for games during break.

Comments

WilburNether 9 years, 11 months ago

$65 for tonight's pathetic excuse for a basketball game is a total ripoff. Why is the athletic department scheduling such gross mismatches?

ROCKCHALKINTX 9 years, 11 months ago

Wilbur -

You can see the #1 team in the country, at a great price of $10, and you are complaining? Would you prefer they were unranked, getting hammered nightly, and you could go to the game for free? Or, would you rather see a team worth paying money to see?

Tougher teams will come to AFH as the season moves on, the season is only 6 games young. The athletic department is practically giving away tickets to see the best team in the country and you are unhappy about it. Unreal.

Scott Perlmutter 9 years, 11 months ago

There must be a misprint in this article. KU Athletics can not re-sell every single student ticket over the break. Some students will still show up and you can't over sell it again like they have done during some Big XII games in the past. You could sell maybe 2,000-3,000 of them, but not all 4,000.

Nutflush21 9 years, 11 months ago

Rockchalkintx- you are missing the point. Tonights game was an absolute joke. I dont care if its the '86 Celtics out there, watching that atrocity is not worth $65. Unfortunately its the multitude of games like these that caused me to give up my season tickets.

scholz 9 years, 11 months ago

Then why did you buy them in the first place if you don't have season tickets? You obviously wanted to go see the #1 team in the country and you would have had to notice that they are playing NOBODY. No one feels sorry for your stupidity. NOT A TRUE FAN

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