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I hate how we do basketball ticket distributions here at UNC.

I have been witness to five UNC basketball seasons as a student and a wide array of ticket policies, from bracelets and 7 a.m. lines to phases and single tickets.

After I saw the options being considered for this year’s ticket distribution, I had the same thought I have just about every year. We should be distributing basketball tickets just like they do at N.C. State.

At State they allow students to form groups ranging in size from 1-100 people, where groups over 24 are drawn from a separate pool of tickets (typically higher up in the stands). Tickets are for specific seats, so you don’t have to arrive hours early to get a decent seat.

State students are penalized for not returning or not using a ticket and rewarded for arriving more than 45 minutes early, by influencing their chances in subsequent lotteries.

Sure, there is no advantage for die-hard fans to arrive super early, but it ensures that people who don’t show up have less chance to get tickets in the future and that you can sit with your friends without having to wait for those friends who are always late.

Russ Behler
Graduate Student
Biomedical Engineering

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