UPDATE (May 11; 10:45 am): Told y'all #2 was going to be important.
UPDATE #2 (May 12, noon): There will be a new limited batch of tickets going on sale at on Thursday, May 12, at 2pm Central.
Marquette men's lacrosse hosts North Carolina on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Tickets for the game go on sale on Wednesday, May 11. There's a few important pieces of information in the official MU press release about the tickets, so let's go over them so everyone's on the same page here.
1) Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 11, at 10am Central time.
Feel free to buy the tickets however you want: Online at Go.MU.edu/ncaaLAXtix, over the phone by calling 414-288-4668, or in person at the Al McGuire Center Ticket Office. The tickets are general admission and will set you back $5 each, which is a hell of a deal for the first ever NCAA men's lacrosse game to ever be contested in the state of Wisconsin.
2) You're going to want to pre-purchase your tickets.
To accommodate more spectators as well as make things a little easier for the ESPNU broadcast, the game will be played on the natural turf field on the far west end of Valley Fields (aka the soccer stadium) instead of the artificial surface that Marquette has played five games on this season. Marquette averaged 855 fans for the five regular season games, peaking with over 1,700 spectators for Senior Day against Providence. It's a safe bet that Saturday's game will surpass that number given what's on the line, so when they hit the capacity of somewhere under 2,000 tickets sold, that's it. If you want to gamble on walk-up sales, that's on you, but I should let you know: Marquette has drawn over 4,000 people on two different occasions in program history, and both of those were at the much more spacious Hart Park out in Wauwatosa.
3) Students can keep their wallets closed.
Head Coach Joe Amplo knows a lot of you are going to have to leave your residence halls long before the game starts. But, if you're still going to be in the area, he's popped for a limited number of student tickets. Yes, that's right, if you log on to your Fanatic account on Wednesday at 10am, you can snag a ticket to this historic game FOR FREE, at least if you're fast enough to tap into the reserve.
4) If you get tickets to the game, park in the structure on 16th Street across from McCormick Hall.
Look, there's just not parking for game staff and 2,000 spectators down in the Valley. There will, however, be lots of available parking in the 16th Street parking structure, along with shuttles from the Sports Annex at 16th and Wells starting at noon that will take you down to the Valley.
5) North Carolina fans are explicitly forbidden from purchasing tickets and/or attending the game.
Ok, that one was wishful thinking. Maybe we'll get a few people who just skim this and don't realize it's a joke and they just stay home. Fingers crossed!
Got more questions? You're probably best off using that phone number up above for the Ticket Office.
Faceoff on Saturday is scheduled for 1:30pm Central time. If you can't make it to the Valley/the game gets sold out long before Saturday, then you can watch all the action on ESPNU.