Want to see Coach K at Cameron Indoor? Be ready to spend big money
4th June 2021

A Duke home game is already among the toughest to get in all of college basketball. Now that coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced the coming season will be his last on the Blue Devils’ bench, fans can plan to shell out even more to get into Cameron Indoor Stadium, according to industry analysis.

Thanks to Cameron’s limited capacity compared to other well-known college arenas around the country, combined with the presence of stars like Zion Williamson, the average price for a Duke home game was $746 during the 2018-19 season, according to secondary marketplace site TickPick. The most expensive game on TickPick that season was the Feb. 20 contest against North Carolina, the infamous Williamson shoe blowout game, with an average price of $2,302.

Analysts with the company anticipate the average ticket price this season will easily surpass $1,000 a game, with events like Coach K’s final home contest and the date against the Tar Heels likely to rival the cost of a Super Bowl ticket. TickPick also anticipates a spike in cost for Duke road games of at least 200%. Suffice to say there figures to be more hype than usual when the ACC schedule is released later this year.

The Cameron Crazies have one more season to let Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski know how they feel about him. (Photo: Mark Dolejs, USA TODAY Sports)

The NIL world

Thursday’s announcement of the partnership between Twitter and sports content publisher Opendorse provided one of the first glimpses into the future of college athletes’ ability to earn revenue for their name image and likeness (NIL).

The partnership, announced via Sports Illustrated, would allow college athletes to participate in branded video ad campaigns that would be promoted on Twitter through its Amplify sponsorship platform. This figures to be the first of many such arrangements with social media companies with NIL laws about to take effect in several states, including some as soon as July 1.

Bats and balls

Meanwhile, the last few NCAA championship events of the wild 2020-21 calendar are getting underway, including the popular softball and baseball tournaments.

The Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City got off to a rocky start for top-ranked and home-town favorite Oklahoma. The Sooners were upended 4-3 in eight innings by unseeded James Madison, in the WCWS field for the first time. Oklahoma, seeking the program’s fifth championship, must now come through the losers’ bracket.

Regional play in baseball begins Friday, with the SEC well represented in the 64-team field. The league sent nine teams to the tournament, with seven serving as regional hosts. Arkansas is the top overall seed and has held the No. 1 ranking in the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll for much of the season but is seeking the program’s first title. Vanderbilt, with arguably the most recognizable names on its pitching staff in top prospects Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter, won the most recent crown in 2019 and can be considered the reigning champion.

Follow colleges reporter Eddie Timanus on Twitter @EddieTimanus

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