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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Get your Yale-Harvard tickets soon

NEW HAVEN — Where have you gone, New Haven Coliseum?
According to Jeremy Makins, the head of the Yale University athletics ticket office, there are just 300 tickets remaining for Yale’s men’s game against Harvard on Friday, Jan. 27.
The Lee Amphitheater sold out just once last season and that was for the Ivy League title game between Harvard and Princeton won by the Tigers at the buzzer.
Listing a capacity at 2,532 Yale did not sell out any regular-season games last season but Makins said he expects an advance sellout for what is shaping out to be a crucial, albeit early, Ivy League game.
Yale, picked second in the preseason Ivy League poll, is currently 9-4 after knocking off Holy Cross 82-67 on Tuesday night. The Crimson suffered just their second loss of the season on Tuesday getting upset at Fordham 60-54. Harvard (12-2) is ranked 22nd in the nation and was the preseason choice for the league title.
Makins said that the lower portion of the Lee Amphitheater is reserved for students and will be held for walk up sales only.
“We’ll get word out to the students that they better get there early but we won’t sell them in advance,” Makins said.
Makins also said that most of the sales have been from local fans but did say that Harvard has several bus loads expected for the 7 p.m. tip-off.
There are no plans to move the game against Harvard to another venue. According to Tim Bennett, Yale’s assistant director for sports publicity, the Bulldogs have played two “home” games in the past decade off campus.
In 2002, Yale played an NIT game against Tennessee Tech at the New Haven Coliseum. After the Bulldogs upset Rutgers in the first round Yale officials wanted a bigger venue for the second-round game.
Yale also played Wake Forest in 2003 in Bridgeport. That game was originally slated for the New Haven Coliseum but was changed as the building was closed.
Yale also played UConn at the New Haven Coliseum several times in the 1980s and 1990s. The building was demolished on Jan. 20, 2007.
Remaining tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Yale Athletics web site.

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