April 18, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Due to an overwhelming response, the NCAA has mandated that tickets for the 2006 NCAA Basketball Championship First & Second Rounds to be played at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena be distributed via lottery system on May 2. NCAA policies stipulate that when the demand for tickets exceeds availability a random drawing be initiated. The lottery will include all ticket applications received in the arena box office by the close of business on April 27, 2005. The random drawing will take place on May 2 and all applicants will receive a postcard confirmation in the mail by June 1.
"The demand far exceeded the number of seats available," said tournament manager Mike Sullivan, who is also the Director of Sports and Entertainment for the JEDC. "It shows the excitement level on the First Coast for one of the world's most thrilling sporting events."
Ticket applications are available in three ways:
1. At the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
2. On Jacksonville University's official athletic web site - www.judolphins.com.
3. Via phone, by calling (904) 630-3900
Ticket packages are $165 each and are for two sessions on Thursday, March 16, 2006 and one session on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - a total of six games. Individual game tickets are not available. Payment may be made in the form of cash, check, money order, MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover credit cards.
There is a $9 service charge for each ticket package ordered, which may be avoided only by paying with cash in person at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office. There is a maximum of eight ticket packages per order.
The NCAA Basketball Championship, which is being hosted by Jacksonville University and the Jacksonville Sports and Entertainment Board (JEDC), is making its first appearance on the First Coast. Teams and pairings for the 2006 NCAA Basketball Tournament will be announced on Sunday, March 12, 2006. Tickets will not be mailed out until the end of January.
The seven other sites for the 2006 NCAA Tournament First & Second rounds are: Auburn Hills, Mich.; Dallas, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Greensboro, N.C.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Diego, Calif.