Small arena means scarce tickets in Madison

? Despite cold weather awaiting Kansas fans in Madison, Wis., tickets to the Jayhawks’ Sweet 16 game will be one of the hottest in town.

If you’re not among the fortunate 1,250 people to secure a ticket from the KU Athletics Department, you’ll need one thing to get into the Midwest Regional at Kohl Center lots of cash.

The arena seats 16,278 for the tournament, and the face value of three-game ticket packages for games Friday and Sunday was set at $110.

“We got 1,250 tickets,” said Richard Konzem, KU associate athletics director. “We had orders for 1,600.”

The deadline for requesting tickets from the university’s allotment was Feb. 8. Tickets will be divided among students, staff, players’ parents and Williams Fund contributors.

Konzem said that today, Monday and Tuesday, the staff at KU would confirm orders for the lucky 1,250 ticket recipients.

Those 350 people who don’t score requested tickets also must be notified. Making calls to those folks won’t be fun, Konzem said.

“Yes, we have to do that,” he said.

KU might land a few extra tickets if any of the three other schools headed to Madison fail to sell their 1,250 allotment by noon Thursday.

Those unsold tickets are offered to participating schools before being made available to the general public.

People with thick wallets may be able to buy tickets from scalpers, but don’t expect to get them for much less than $250 apiece.

Konzem said he would expect some people to make the 500-mile trip to Madison by car. Others will fly to Chicago and finish the 2 1/2-hour drive to Madison.

KU’s chartered team flight to Madison will leave Wednesday night from Forbes Field, Konzem said.

KU plays the winner of the Creighton-Illinois game.

Staff writer Tim Carpenter can be reached at 832-7155.

Small arena means scarce tickets in Madison

? Despite cold weather awaiting Kansas fans in Madison, Wis., tickets to the Jayhawks’ Sweet 16 game will be one of the hottest in town.

If you’re not among the fortunate 1,250 people to secure a ticket from the KU Athletics Department, you’ll need one thing to get into the Midwest Regional at Kohl Center lots of cash.

The arena seats 16,278 for the tournament, and the face value of three-game ticket packages for games Friday and Sunday was set at $110.

“We got 1,250 tickets,” said Richard Konzem, KU associate athletics director. “We had orders for 1,600.”

The deadline for requesting tickets from the university’s allotment was Feb. 8. Tickets will be divided among students, staff, players’ parents and Williams Fund contributors.

Konzem said that today, Monday and Tuesday, the staff at KU would confirm orders for the lucky 1,250 ticket recipients.

Those 350 people who don’t score requested tickets also must be notified. Making calls to those folks won’t be fun, Konzem said.

“Yes, we have to do that,” he said.

KU might land a few extra tickets if any of the three other schools headed to Madison fail to sell their 1,250 allotment by noon Thursday.

Those unsold tickets are offered to participating schools before being made available to the general public.

People with thick wallets may be able to buy tickets from scalpers, but don’t expect to get them for much less than $250 apiece.

Konzem said he would expect some people to make the 500-mile trip to Madison by car. Others will fly to Chicago and finish the 2 1/2-hour drive to Madison.

KU’s chartered team flight to Madison will leave Wednesday night from Forbes Field, Konzem said.

KU plays the winner of the Creighton-Illinois game.

Staff writer Tim Carpenter can be reached at 832-7155.