While Syracuse is battling Butler in its Sweet 16 game at Salt Lake City tomorrow night, the East Regional games are being played at the Dome.
Despite college basketball powerhouses Kentucky and West Virginia being in the region, along with a local team in Cornell, ticket sales are not up to par. As of this afternoon, only around 27,000 tickets have been sold for games this weekend. For the regionals at the Dome in 2005, more than 31,000 tickets were sold.
Sports Information Director Susie Mehringer says SU's Sweet 16 game being at the same time as the games in Syracuse is not helping ticket sales.
"I think its had an effect," says Mehringer. "It's certainly not ideal. It's not what we would have chosen to happen, but we don't have any control over that. We just have to make do with what we have and do the best we can for the four teams we do have here."
Tickets are still on sale for fans that are interested in attending the games. Each person must buy a ticket package, which includes access to both Sweet 16 games tomorrow night and the Elite 8 game Saturday night.
Cornell is making its first ever Sweet 16 appearance, and its campus is only around an hour from Syracuse. Mehringer says she's hoping a lot of Big Red fans decide to come up and buy tickets since the school is not too far from the Dome.