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Once upon a time, getting tickets to see a big game wasn’t looked at as impossible. Sure, it would cost some money, but it wasn’t so outrageous that you would have to drain a portion of your bank account for a couple of hours of memories. The times have certainly changed, and not exactly for the better.

These days, finding reasonably priced tickets to a major sporting event has become somewhat of a circus. Attending Super Bowl LIII would have forced many to empty their bank accounts, and now college basketball’s greatest rivalry is costing anyone who wants inside the arena a small fortune.

As the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils host the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night in a pivotal ACC clash, tickets to get in have spiked to an unworldly level.

There’s no doubt a ticket to Cameron for this Tobacco Road rivalry is tough, especially with the small 9,314 seating capacity, but what if someone told you that you would need to spend over $3,000 just to get in the door? That’s the cheapest ticket right now for the game in Durham, North Carolina.

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Whether you use SeatGeek, StubHub, Vivid Seats, or any other marketplace, it doesn’t matter. The price tag is absurd everywhere you look and can get as high as $5,000 in some sections.

People are charging Super Bowl prices to see a regular season college basketball game. Think about how crazy that is for a second. This isn’t the NCAA Tournament or even the ACC Tournament. Yet, the ticket prices have skyrocketed a few thousand notches over face value.

Both these teams are legit. Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski has a loaded squad full of future NBA lottery picks such as Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish, while UNC head coach Roy Williams has a more experienced team built to contend for a league title.

It should be a crazy battle, but come on. There’s no way these basketball tickets should cost this much. Even the prices for the rematch slated for next month at the nearly 20,000-seat Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill are going for over $1,000.

Ticket sellers must be living the good life right now, and understandably so. Even if they don’t ever make it into the game, they are making a nice living by selling these tickets at a price only fans in a different tax bracket can afford.

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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