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Tickets prices for Mike Krzyzewski’s final game at Cameron Indoor are on Super Bowl’s level – Yahoo Sports

The priciest tickets to college basketball’s most obscenely expensive game sold seven months ago during a charity auction benefiting cancer research.

A close friend of Mike Krzyzewski forked over an eye-popping sum of money to secure four courtside tickets to the retiring Duke coach’s final home game on Saturday against North Carolina.

Before anyone else at the V Foundation’s dinner gala could raise a numbered paddle to bid on the tickets, Michael Marks walked on stage unannounced with a microphone in one hand. The venture capitalist revealed that he was bidding $1 million in honor of his wife, Carole, “who just in the last 30 days was told that she was in remission from uterine cancer.”

“This is on a sports fan’s ultimate bucket list – to be in Cameron Indoor Stadium for Coach K’s last game,” V Foundation CEO Shane Jacobson told Yahoo Sports. “We hoped for a significant gift, but Michael Marks surprised everyone with his generosity.”

While only Marks is paying $250,000 a ticket to attend Krzyzewski’s curtain call, nobody else is getting into Saturday’s historic game for cheap. It’s not just the most expensive ticket in college basketball history. Ticket prices on the secondary market are nearly Super Bowl-esque.

As of Sunday, the average price of a ticket to Saturday’s game ranged from $7,498 on SeatGeek, to $6,336 on TickPick, to $5,392 on StubHub. None of the sites had nose-bleed seats available for less than $3,000 apiece.

Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski will be on the sideline for the final time at Cameron Indoor Stadium as head coach on Saturday. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

To put that into context, consider that the average ticket price to see Tom Brady’s return to New England last October was just over $1,000. Or that the average ticket price to see Game 7 of the epic 2016 NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavs was just over $2,000. Or that World Series-starved Cubs and Indians fans paid an average of about $2,300 per ticket to see Game 7 in Cleveland in 2016.

Even a Super Bowl ticket doesn’t cost that much more than splurging to see Duke vs. North Carolina. SeatGeek says the average ticket for this season’s matchup between the Rams and Bengals was $7,516. Until the past few years, the average Super Bowl ticket was often less than $5,000.

“We’re certainly seeing historic numbers for Coach K’s finale, not just for college basketball but for any event,” SeatGeek executive Chris Leyden told Yahoo Sports. “It’s like nothing we’ve ever seen before for a college basketball game. People are paying Super Bowl level prices because they know it will be a special atmosphere.”

Demand for Krzyzewski’s final regular-season game at Duke has been high since June when the coaching icon announced his intent to retire after the 2021-22 season. Duke fans want to be in the building to honor a coach who has won 1,195 games, captured five national championships, sent dozens of players to the NBA and elevated his program into college basketball’s biggest brand.

What makes Saturday’s game more expensive than other coveted tickets over the years is that inventory is extremely limited. The seating capacity at Cameron Indoor Stadium is a cozy 9,314, one eighth as much as many NFL stadiums, one quarter as much as many Major League ballparks and one …….

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The priciest tickets to college basketball’s most obscenely expensive game sold seven months ago during a charity auction benefiting cancer research.

A close friend of Mike Krzyzewski forked over an eye-popping sum of money to secure four courtside tickets to the retiring Duke coach’s final home game on Saturday against North Carolina.

Before anyone else at the V Foundation’s dinner gala could raise a numbered paddle to bid on the tickets, Michael Marks walked on stage unannounced with a microphone in one hand. The venture capitalist revealed that he was bidding $1 million in honor of his wife, Carole, “who just in the last 30 days was told that she was in remission fr…….

The priciest tickets to college basketball’s most obscenely expensive game sold seven months ago during a charity auction benefiting cancer research.

A close friend of Mike Krzyzewski forked over an eye-popping sum of money to secure four courtside tickets to the retiring Duke coach’s final home game on Saturday against North Carolina.

Before anyone else at the V Foundation’s dinner gala could raise a numbered paddle to bid on the tickets, Michael Marks walked on stage unannounced with a microphone in one hand. The venture capitalist revealed that he was bidding $1 million in honor of his wife, Carole, “who just in the last 30 days was told that she was in remission fr…….

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