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Archive for Monday, March 9, 1998

TICKET SUPPLY COULD CREATE FAN MADNESS

March 9, 1998

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So, you want tickets for the NCAA Tournament first-round match-up between Kansas University and Prairie View A&M?

Good luck.

Only 350 tickets are allotted to each school assigned to play at The Myriad in Oklahoma City.

At KU, about 170 of those are dedicated to players' parents and families and traveling KU staff.

The remaining 180 are divvied up among KU faculty, staff and students, and members of the KU Williams Fund. KU received 750 requests for those tickets, and the deadline for ticket applications was in mid-February.

A lottery drawing for tickets was held over the weekend. The names of those picked in the lottery will be posted inside Allen Fieldhouse, and the lucky few will have until 5 p.m. today to notify the KU ticket office, at 864-3141, whether they want the tickets.

For everyone else, there is one ray of hope, so take note.

Every school sent to Oklahoma City for the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament must take 350 tickets. Any remaining tickets can be purchased through the individual universities' ticket offices.

And should KU win twice and advance to St. Louis, KU would be allotted 1,250 tickets for the third- and fourth-round games.

Schools that reach the Final Four in San Antonio will be allotted about 3,500 tickets.

``Tickets usually aren't as big an issue as hotel space,'' said Scott McMichael, director of the Williams Fund. ``The farther you advance, hotel rooms become almost more of a priority than tickets.''

To put it simply, it's time for March Madness to begin.

``You have about 24 to 48 hours to make all your arrangements, contact people and to get on the road,'' McMichael said. ``Students are trying to get south. ... It's kind of a maddening time trying to get from one point to another.''

-- Matt Gowen's phone message number is 832-7222. His e-mail address is gowen@ljworld.com.

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