Syracuse, N.Y. – The men's basketball game at Syracuse-Duke on Saturday will break the record for participation in a basketball game on campus. It will probably not be much.
"The game is exhausted," said John Wildhack, athletic director of Syracuse. "We will set the new attendance record on campus by a few, but it will be a record crowd."
"There are at least eight (new seats)," said Pete Sala, vice president of Syracuse and head of campus facilities. "Where do you find these seats? We found them this summer."
Sala noted that the school had moved people to create eight extra places alongside the courts this season at both ends of the official mark table. There are four on each side of the table and the seats place the fans almost directly next to the bench of each team.
"Four people are sitting next to me on the side of the visiting team. At the other end, there are four more seats, "said Sala." Many other venues sell seats at the hearing. It is common. John came to see us this summer and said, "Can we do it? Of course, we will do it. "
The most notable group is the group of four that was used by local businessman Adam Weitsman, who is placed next to the Syracuse bench and who attended a match earlier this year with actress and model Brooke Burke.
Syracuse officials discussed the issue of attendance and others at a press conference on Tuesday to discuss some of the logistical aspects of a big sports weekend at school. Syracuse is looking to attract record crowds in Saturday's men's basketball and women's basketball on Monday. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN, which will also host ESPN GameDay, its renowned university basketball program, from Carrier Dome. Meanwhile, Syracuse will host Sunday two games of lacrosse.
The Syracuse officials would not say precisely what is the expected turnout for the Duke match. If the seats reserved for the courts are the only additions, the new attendance record will be 35,454. Since 2014, the number of spectators has been limited to 35,446. Syracuse has struck twice this time, in 2014 and 2015, the only two times Duke came to Syracuse for weekend games.
The Carrier Dome is the largest campus site in the country by a sizeable margin, regularly helping the US League to attract the country's largest crowd. The Rupp Arena, Kentucky is the second largest and can accommodate 23,000 people.
Syracuse would certainly have been able to sell more seats in the game if he wanted to. The most expensive tickets currently on the secondary market are $ 7,300 on StubHub. The lowest selling price on StubHub is $ 24.58. The demand for the game is high, especially as the Blue Devils have the No. 1 team in the country and a rookie phenomenon to Zion Williamson, who should be the first choice in the NBA draft.
Wildhack said the school did not sell more because it wanted to maintain the quality of tickets sold and did not want to sell any seats with obstructed views.
"Pete and I have been working hard this summer to sell the eight," Wildhack said. "The bottom line is that we do not want to sell anything to places where you can not see the four corners of the court – we will not do it – I know it's hard-hitting. our fans love it, we are going to make an album. "
In parallel to the men's record, Syracuse is trying to set a school record for a women's basketball game, exceeding the bar of 11,021 registered on February 19, 2017. Orange plays the national champion title Notre Dame at 18 hours. Monday in a battle of ranked teams.
In a previous interview with Syracuse.com, Wildhack stated that the school had a strong focus on the school record by working with the school's business and community partners and providing them with $ 2 tickets, if they were willing to do so. to buy at least 500.
The school record, said Wildhack, will be beaten by a wider margin on the women's side, probably by more than 1,000 fans.
"More than eight years," joked Wildhack. "I think we're on the right track to take that number and beat him significantly, I'm not ready to share that number, but we have a chance to have something really special."
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