Despite spending hours waiting for a game that never happened last week, hundreds of student fans will be rewarded for their dedication on Thursday.
After promising students who were in the riser line and regular Phase 1 line that they would be kept in the same order after last week’s Duke game was canceled due to the snow and ice, the athletic department notified students Tuesday of how exactly that will work.
Carolina Athletic Association President Allison Hill said the randomization process went smoothly and that CAA has maintained the order for those who spent hours waiting in line, including more than 300 in the riser line.
Students who waited in the randomized riser line and those who were in the randomized regular Phase 1 line must be at the Smith Center’s Entrance C no later than 5 p.m. in order to keep their spots. Phase 2 ticket holders who had their spots in line recorded last week must arrive by 6 p.m. to Koury Natatorium.
Several students said they were pleased with the efforts made to honor their spots in line.
“I think they handled it very well. Duke canceled on us. UNC didn’t cancel the game, and given the cards they were dealt, they came up with a very reasonable solution,” said freshman Matthew McDermott, who waited for six hours in the riser line and is near number 250 in line.
Both the UNC Ticket Office and the athletic department’s business office do not expect the rescheduling to cause too many problems.
Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations Tim Sabo said the Duke game should not be any different from regular season games.
“We are trying to communicate with students as well as possible,” Sabo said. “In terms of regular fans, all the tickets that were out there are still valid, so it hasn’t been too bad.”