There hasn’t been something this hot on the hardwood in Charlottesville in a long time.
Tickets for the Virginia men’s basketball team’s home regular-season finale on March 1 against No. 1-ranked and undefeated Syracuse are selling for more than 10 times their face value.
UVa’s best start since the 1981-82 season, Senior Night and a possible ACC regular-season championship on the line are the reasons why.
Syracuse’s rabid fan base – the Orange consistently rank second nationally in attendance behind Kentucky – and the fact that the Virginia and Syracuse men’s lacrosse teams will be playing for the first time as ACC foes later that night are also factors in the soaring prices. Fans making the trip from Upstate New York get a double dip.
At last check, 174 tickets for the game were for sale on StubHub (the online brokerage company).
The most expensive seats, located in section 104 – not even center court – were being offered for $1,625 per ticket.
The least expensive seats, in section 308, were going for $259 per ticket.
One UVa season ticket holder, who preferred to remain anonymous, told The Daily Progress that he sold a pair of tickets in the lower bowl with a combined face value of $112 for $1,660. The fan said the tickets were scooped up on StubHub in less than three hours.
The game, which will tip off at John Paul Jones Arena at 4 p.m., was announced as a sellout back in November. It will feature a pre-game ceremony for Joe Harris and Akil Mitchell, UVa’s seniors who were members of coach Tony Bennett’s first recruiting class.
Virginia has previously sold out games against VCU and Virginia Tech and has announced that Saturday’s game against Notre Dame is sold out. The four sellouts are the most UVa has had since the 2007-08 season when it had seven.
This season, Virginia is averaging 11,294 fans per game at JPJ, which has a capacity of 14,593.
The Cavaliers and Orange have seemed on a collision course for some time.
After beating Clemson on Saturday, No. 17 Virginia is 21-5, 12-1 in the ACC. With a win over N.C. State, No. 1 Syracuse improved to 25-0, 12-0 in the league.
If neither school loses before they play each other, Virginia would have a chance to tie for a share of the ACC regular-season title, which it did in 2007 under coach Dave Leitao. But if UVa should win its three games and Syracuse should lose one of its three, UVa would have a chance for an outright championship, which it has only accomplished one time in its history – in the 1980-81 season under coach Terry Holland.
Virginia plays at Virginia Tech on Tuesday, and then hosts Notre Dame and Miami. Syracuse hosts Boston College and then plays at Duke and Maryland.
After UVa and Syracuse meet, the Cavaliers conclude their season at Maryland on March 9, while the Orange close with Georgia Tech and Florida State.