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Jadwin to sell NCAA hoops tickets 'first come, first served'

As the men's basketball team heads off to the NCAA tournament students are wondering how – and if – they can get tickets to the games.

This year as in the past, tickets will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, with students camping outside of Jadwin Gymnasium to ensure a place at the front of the line.

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According to USG president David Ascher '99, the USG and Jadwin's ticket office considered implementing a lottery system to distribute the tickets after hearing students voice complaints that they would have to camp out during midterms week to get tickets.

To gage student attitude on the issue, the USG performed a voice-mail survey and called 200 students Tuesday night, asking them which system they would prefer.

According to Ascher, the voice-mail survey indicated "an overwhelming majority in favor of a first-come, first-served basis."

"When we found out that most students have problems with the lottery system, we decided to scrap it," Ascher said.

"With the first-come, first-serve basis, students who really want the tickets and who are willing to make sacrifices for them are going to get them," Ascher said.

The NCAA pairings will be announced at 6 p.m. Sunday. Student tickets will go on sale at 8 p.m. in Jadwin, according to Inga Radice, senior director of athletics. Jadwin opens at 7 a.m. Sundays.

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"We're trying to accommodate students," Radice said.

"We'll be here anyways, and that way it won't interfere with classes," she added.

Tickets for both game one and game two will be sold on Sunday. Students will receive a refund for game two if the team does not advance.

100 student tickets

The University is given 350 tickets to each game; 100 tickets will be reserved for students.

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The number of student tickets will remain the same as last year, despite "the greater demands on the University for tickets by non-students" because of the increased popularity of this year's team, Ascher said.

Student-ticket orders will be limited to two per person and must be accompanied by two student IDs.

The cost depends on the site, Radice said, and could range from $20 to $40 per session.

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