Some Syracuse fans shelled out hundreds of dollars on the secondary ticket market. Others advertised on Craigslist offering to be "seat buddies" for a stranger with an extra seat. Hundreds more hauled their sleeping bags to the Carrier Dome to camp out for a spot in the student section.
It's all part of what makes Saturday night's Syracuse-Villanova showdown perhaps the most sought-after ticket of the college basketball season this year.
A record crowd clad all in orange is expected to pack the Carrier Dome for the matchup between the Big East's top two teams. Here's a sampling of some relevant numbers to give you an idea of the demand for seats to this game:
34,616: Paid game attendance, which would be the largest ever on campus for a college basketball game
33,633: the current record, set in Gerry McNamara's final home game, also against Villanova in 2006
33,000: the listed capacity crowd for basketball at the Carrier Dome
450: Syracuse students camping in the Dome for seats in the student section
$34: Cheapest face value ticket to Saturday's game
$79: Most expensive face value ticket to Saturday's game
$750: Most expensive selling price on StubHub for a ticket to Saturday's game
$2,500: Asking price for one floor seat on StubHub.com
$400: Price of a Syracuse season ticket good for all 21 home games
$160: The average selling price on StubHub for a ticket to Saturday's game
$59: The average selling price on StubHub for a ticket to Syracuse's previous 18 games
0: College basketball games that have grossed more money than Syracuse-Villanova on StubHub this season
2: T-shirts sold by the Syracuse bookstore commemorating the Villanova game