Arena sold out for NCAA regional

June 24, 1994|By Lori Van Lonkhuyzen | Lori Van Lonkhuyzen,Sun Staff Writer

The Baltimore Arena's first- and second-round games of the 1995 NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament are sold out.

UMBC will serve as the host school for the six-game subregional March 16 and 18.

UMBC assistant athletic director Martin Schwartz said that of the nearly 13,000 tickets, approximately 2,500 were taken by the NCAA for tournament team members and organizations involved with the NCAA.

Most of the remaining tickets were made available for purchase to UMBC alumni, faculty and staff.

Baltimore Arena officials and staff were allowed to purchase some of the tickets, and the remaining 700-800 tickets were divided for purchase through a public lottery.

Before the tournament starts, a few adjustments will need to be made to the arena.

"They were pretty much comfortable with the way the arena sat," Schwartz said. Adjustments are required "from the press standpoint in order to house . . . 250 members of the press to eat and work."

Schwartz said that when Bill Hancock, a member of the NCAA Division I Tournament Committee, visited Baltimore three years ago, he was impressed with the city's enthusiasm toward the tournament.

"He mentioned, if in fact we had an arena large enough, [Baltimore] would be a great site for the Final Four," Schwartz said. "So we need to build a big arena!"

The arena will seat 12,959 for the regional, and those who have purchased tickets will receive their seat confirmations in early July.

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