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Here’s how Georgetown will handle ticketing for home games with Syracuse

(Kevin Rivoli/AP)

Syracuse and Georgetown will resume their men’s basketball rivalry with a four-year home-and-home series beginning with a game at the Verizon Center during the 2015-16 season. The series will alternate between Washington and the Carrier Dome through the 2018-19 season.

According to Syracuse AD Dr. Daryl Gross, Orange fans could have an easier time scoring tickets for games at Verizon Center than they did in the past.

“We just took a little time off to figure some things out as everyone transitioned into their conference, and tried to figure out things like tickets for our fans down in D.C.,” Gross said during an interview Tuesday with ESPN CNY. “It wouldn’t have worked if they were going to still have that cap where our folks couldn’t buy a Georgetown single-game ticket, or you had to make donation and all those things. We weren’t interested in doing that. But [Georgetown AD Lee Reed] was great, and we worked through all those issues and were able to get it back on the map.”

Over the past 33 years, Georgetown and Syracuse have been one of the most contentious rivalries in college basketball, but as Syracuse prepares to leave the Big East conference for the ACC and Georgetown moves to the Catholic 7 next year, former players, coaches, journalists and alumni recall the history of the rivalry. (Jayne Orenstein/The Washington Post)

Sean Keeley of the popular Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is an Absolute Magician refers to Georgetown’s practice of limiting ticket sales for home games against Syracuse as “pulling a Georgetown,” but it’s common for athletic departments to take steps to give alums and fans who make donations first access to tickets for the most desirable games. Gross was asked if the ticket issue was the final hurdle to getting a deal done.

“There was some awkwardness there in terms of that getting down the stretch there,” Gross said. “If we’re going to have a rivalry, let’s make it a rivalry, where people have access to both venues and can go enjoy rooting for their team. So, we got through that. Lee Reed is a great, classy guy, very professional, and we’re good friends as well, and so we were able to figure it out. So hopefully we’ll keep this series going for a long time.”

I reached out to the Georgetown athletics department for a comment on how tickets will be handled for Syracuse games in the future.

“As is standard in agreements such as these, the visiting team will receive an allotment of tickets and the home team will control the sale and distribution of all remaining tickets,” a Georgetown spokesman said via e-mail. “The visiting team and home team are free to sell/distribute their ticket allotments as they choose. Georgetown Athletics plans to continue its practice of providing priority access for tickets to those who buy multi-game plans or who support Georgetown Athletics.”

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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