Maryland basketball gets to take a real short trip to the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. That isn’t the case for the rest of the Big Ten, of course — or their fans.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany isn’t expecting sellout crowds, he told The Washington Post.
“I really don’t expect us to have the same experience in D.C.” as in the Big Ten’s traditional tournament venues, Delany said. “I think we’ll have a good experience, but I think it’s a build. I would love to sell it out. But we’re not at a sellout. There are public tickets available.”
A Maryland spokesman said the program has already sold out of its 750 allotted tickets. Fans are still going to have to pony up $56 for tickets to Maryland’s Friday night game, (as of Tuesday night). But that also gets them tickets to the previous game, which is Wisconsin vs. a to-be-determined opponent.
Indianapolis and Chicago, the next two locations, are much more central locations for a conference that’s based in the midwest.
Among the other things from the story:
- Ohio State’s largest alumni base outside of Cleveland is in D.C.
- The tournament is projected to make $33.3 million for the city
- Maryland already sold out of its allotted 750 tickets
- Delany doesn’t know when the tournament will be back in D.C., but expects it will return
On another note, Matt Ellentuck and I will be covering the tournament in person. Anything you want to see from us? Let us know in the comments.
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