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Ticket Prices For NCAA Men's Regional Games At MSG Reaching Record Levels
Published March 25, 2014
KENTUCKY SHOWDOWN: In Indianapolis, Anthony Schoettle noted when Kentucky beat Wichita State on Sunday, it "set up a showdown pitting" UK against Louisville at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday. Visit Indy VP/Marketing & Communications Chris Gahl said, "From a tourism perspective, it’s nearly a perfect storm." Ticket brokers said that UK’s upset victory "is having the biggest impact on this weekend." Indiana-based Fanfare Tickets Principal Renny Harrison said, "When Louisville won, we saw an uptick. When Kentucky won, it went crazy." Schoettle noted demand is "so high for the Indianapolis regional that NCAA officials were working Monday morning with the Indiana Sports Corp. to make a few hundred more seats available." Indiana Sports Corp. VP/Communications John Dedman said that it is not clear at this time "how many seats will be added." Harrison said that ticket demand is "at least 15 percent to 25 percent higher than it was at last year’s NCAA regional at Lucas Oil Stadium" (IBJ.com, 3/24). In Louisville, Jonathan Lintner noted Lucas Oil Stadium "seated more than 70,000 fans" for the Final Four in '10 by "setting the court at the middle of the facility." This time the court is tucked "into an end zone." Because of "logistical concerns, moving the court back to its center location isn't a consideration" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 3/25).