CORONADO, CA - NOVEMBER 11: In this handout image provided by the U.S. Navy, Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina tip off the inaugural Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game on board the USS Carl Vinson on November 11, 2011 in Coronado, California. The Carrier Classic is a celebration of Veterans Day. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
Jacksonville, Fla. was awarded a new unique college basketball game that has occurred the past few years in the 2012 Carrier Classic. The game will feature the Florida Gators taking on the Georgetown Hoyas on an aircraft carrier. The even is limited to just 8,000 seats and 3,000 of those seats will go to the military and their families. After those 3,000, roughly 4,400 will be available to the public in the form of packages which include passes to the event, which range from $1,000 up to $50,000.
With the package, you'd get two passes to the Carrier Classic and six Jacksonville Jaguars tickets, four of which will be donated to the USO. This means you would get two passes to the Classic and two tickets to the Thursday Night matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and the Jaguars.
Given the cost of the package and the deal with the Jaguars, this of course will come with incredulous scoffing and pot shots. Since you know, a unique event that is severely limited and not allowed to actually sell "tickets" to the public should only cost like you know... $30 or something.
Throw in the fact that Georgetown fans probably couldn't care less about the Jacksonville Jaguars -- come to think of it, are we sure Florida fans care about the Jacksonville Jaguars? -- and it's hard to foresee many folks being willing to splash this sort of cash, students especially. Much like the NFL itself, unless you've got serious cake to burn, this event may be better viewed in the comforts of one's own home.
THE EVENT IS ONLY GOING TO SELL 4,400 PASSES. OF COURSE IT WILL BE EXPENSIVE. THEY HAD TO THINK OF A WAY TO SELL THE PASSES, GUY.