Sweet 16 tickets sell out in three hours

by Edward Lewis

San Diego State students grabbed their allotted 200 student tickets in three hours on Monday morning, Antonio Zaragoza / Photo Editor
San Diego State students grabbed their allotted 200 student tickets in three hours on Monday morning, Antonio Zaragoza / Photo Editor

Two-hundred San Diego State men’s basketball Sweet 16 student tickets sold out in just three hours this morning, Associate Athletic Director Steve Schnall said.

And this time, Schnall said, there was no cutting.

“I was there the whole time,” he said. “There was no cutting in line.”

Using a wristband system, students quickly snagged the $186 tickets for SDSU’s historic Sweet 16 matchup with Connecticut this Thursday in Anaheim. The tickets went on sale at 7:30 a.m. and sold out by 10:30 a.m.

The Aztecs fan base was allotted 1,250 total tickets. More than 1,000 of those tickets went to donors and season-ticket holders. The rest were doled out to students this morning.

And unlike a few weeks ago, when many fans complained about cutting after students had camped out for as many as three nights for BYU tickets, students appeared happy with the student ticket handout.

With all 1,250 tickets gone, fans will likely be forced to purchase their Sweet 16 tickets online. Some tickets on stubhub.com were going for more than $1,000 apiece.

Regardless, senior forward Billy White is happy that this meaningful game will be played so close to home.

“I think we’ll feel more comfortable playing; we’re not that far away from San Diego,” White said. “We’ll play a little better and just have a lot more fans to back us up out there.”