UVa/Syracuse Game Makes History in Ticket Sales

February 27, 2014

With the ACC regular season title on the line who wouldn't want to be a part of UVa's biggest basketball game in more than 30 years.

However, at the box office tickets are sold out, with only online tickets for sale.

On StubHub, tickets start at $300 and some go up to over $1,000 for a seat inside the John Paul Jones arena (JPJ).

There will be a few die-hard fans that make their way inside for free, including the students in the Hoo Crew.

“We're getting pretty pumped,” says Hoo Crew president Haider Arshad. “I know we'll be here loud and early getting ready for Saturday.”

The Hoo Crew is a dedicated bunch of students who enhance the atmosphere at home games for all of UVa's sports teams.

Both the president and vice president of the Hoo Crew say that Saturday’s game against Syracuse means a lot to students and fans.

“I'm really excited,” says Stevie Farmer, vice president of the Hoo Crew. “I have a lot of family from Syracuse and they're already talking a lot of trash, but we have an outright conference title on the line.”

“We've only done it one other time in 1981, so it could be a very big moment for UVa basketball,” says Farmer. “It could be a program changing win for years to come.”

Fans, including the students, want to be a part of UVa history, but student seats are also hard to come by.

“This was actually a record breaking game,” says Arshad. “Half of the student body requested tickets and there's about space for 2,400.”

“There are a lot of fans and a lot of students who weren't able to get a ticket, but the ones that will be here will be pretty excited.”

In order for those students to get in, they will have to line up outside a JPJ bright and early.

“Bodo's opens around 7, I think people might just wake up, get their Bodo's and come into line,” says Farmer.

According to a website, SeatGeek, tickets for Saturday's game against Syracuse average out to the most expensive ticket ever recorded in the state of Virginia.

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