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Item: SU fans find a loophole to attend road Georgetown and Connecticut games without paying inflated secondary market prices.

It’s going to be a moot point a season from now, of course, as SU’s two greatest Big East era rivals will fade from the spotlight. They’ll likely to be replaced among the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Maryland N.C. State, and the (ex) Big East bunch of Boston College, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh in the upcoming ACC.

Georgetown and Syracuse one last time

In the case of Georgetown it’s nothing new.  The last couple of seasons the Hoyas athletic department has been figuring out ways to obstruct the easy purchase of Syracuse game tickets by the many ‘Cuse affiliated fans around the D.C. metro area to prevent an ‘Orange Out’ at the Verizon Center.

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Other than the allotment to Georgetown’s base, all public sales of Syracuse single-game purchases are contingent on buying four other games against mainly less desirable Big East and smaller school opponents in a mini-ticket five-game plan.  And that’s exactly what savvy SU fans are doing to guarantee a seat in the house on March 9.

With the other games, taxes, fees, handling, etc. the cost comes out to about $100 for the cheapest seat to the final Syracuse-Georgetown regular season Big East game. That’s about what the cheapest ticket lists for now on the secondary market.

Yes, you have to become a Hoya ticket email member for a couple of months before unsubscribing and redeem a coupon deal to one of the games. But it’s likely to save you quite a bit of money over what the secondary online market will bear as the game gets closer during the conference portion of the schedule.

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It will also be interesting to see not only how many fans fill the Dome for the Georgetown home finale in total, but how many Hoyas students and fans come to the game.  In past years SU has blocked out a third-level section for Georgetown students making the trip.

At Connecticut, where likewise single-game Syracuse tickets are not available to the general public, it’s not as expensive to get in to see the Orange at the XL Center in mid February.  A three-game mini-plan does the trick with fees for $98, and who knows?  You might even make a few bucks selling the games you don’t care about.

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