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News Feed - March 12, 2009

American fans, don’t fret if you keep going to the athletics Web site and seeing:

“Please check back with later today and throughout the week for more ticket information.”

As of now, the game is not sold out, even though there aren’t tickets available. Confusing? Because of a couple of factors, no one knows how many tickets are left. The Patriot League, in an attempt to create somewhat of a neutral site for its championship game, allots a third of the tickets to the opposing team. According to AU officials, Holy Cross has sold about 500 to 600 tickets, significantly more than Colgate did last year. Eventually, any tickets Holy Cross doesn’t sell it returns to American, which will put those tickets on sale when they become available.

In addition, AU students don’t need a ticket to get into the game. They only need to show a student ID. Because students are on Spring Break this week, school officials don’t know how many will return early for the game. If fewer than expected students show up, there will be more tickets available to the general public. In an effort to get an early estimate on the student crowd size, the school is holding a “Rally in the Alley” starting at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

What happens if you show up at Bender on Friday and there are no tickets available? The school is hosting a watching party on campus at the Mary Graydon Center. For now, keep checking As soon as tickets become available, they are put on sale at the Web site and Bender Arena box office.

Can’t make it to Washington for the game? There are watch parties in New York, Boston, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles.

By Kathy Orton  |  March 12, 2009; 1:14 PM ET
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