The Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game, featuring the Coastal Division champion Miami Hurricanes (10-0, 7-0 ACC) and Atlantic Division champion Clemson (10-1, 8-0), sold out nearly as fast as tickets went on sale.
But now there are likely plenty of Hurricane Club members upset because they couldn’t secure tickets to that title game, to be played at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Turns out each team was initially allotted 5,000 tickets by the ACC, and UM actually requested and received another 2,500 — the most it was allowed to purchase — because the demand was so great. But Hurricane Club members (UM boosters who donate money to the program) requested more than 14,000 tickets, a UM spokesman said, so many requests either didn’t get met or were partially filled.
UM is urging fans to get tickets on the secondary market, such as StubHub.com. As of Tuesday morning there were tickets available that ranged in price from $125 to $2,000.
“This is an unprecedented demand in recent times for the Hurricanes,’’ said UM senior associate athletic director Jesse Marks, who noted there are 11,000 Hurricane Club members. “This is why we maintain a donor ranking system within the Hurricane Club to effectively, efficiently and fairly allocate postseason tickets.”
Marks said that “those who give annually at higher donor levels are allocated tickets first, and so on, down the line, until we run out of our allocation. We tried to make sure our allotment was maximized to cover as many of our donors requesting tickets as possible.
“For this instance, we had much more demand than tickets provided for purchase. It’s a sign of our passionate and loyal fan base that we expect to see throughout bowl season.’’