Monday, March 7, 2011

Yale still a hot ticket

Yale drew 11th-seed St. Lawrence for the best-of-3 quarterfinal series that starts Friday at Ingalls Rink. While it won’t quite be the same level of delirium of playing Quinnipiac or Harvard, matchups that could have happened if the 11th and 12th seeds hadn't both advanced, tickets should still be a hot item.

The good news for area fans is that more tickets will be made available to the public. Yale usually reserves 700-800 tickets for students and faculty, but since school is on spring break more tickets will be fanned back for sale. Yale officials said sales have been brisk today, but there are still plenty of seats remaining. For now.

No matter what happens in the ECAC playoffs, Yale has cemented a third consecutive NCAA appearance. Since the school is playing co-host to the East Regional with Fairfield University, Yale will be guaranteed a spot in the field at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport.

There’s also a very good chance the Bulldogs will be a No. 1 seed, and perhaps the top seed for the entire tournament.

That has helped boost ticket sales for the Bridgeport regional, which, as of last week, had sold more all-session passes than any other regional site, according to Yale senior associate athletic director Wayne Dean.

"We’re over 3,000 all-session tickets sold and climbing," Dean said Monday. "That doesn’t include the tickets we’re required to hold for participating teams (400 per school, or 1,600 total). We expect it to be packed."

Two years ago, bolstered by Yale’s first NCAA appearance in 11 years, the regional at Bridgeport sold out at just under 9,000 tickets sold. It was an overwhelming success for first-time co-hosts Yale and Fairfield.


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