The Gonzaga Booster Club deserves first choice on Gonzaga men’s basketball tickets for the work they do. Gonzaga plays three games in three days (at the Jim Maui Invitational). There are seven other nationally ranked teams playing an additional nine games.
Now comes the greed of these eight universities. The other tickets were sold to promoters for all-inclusive travel packages with the universities getting a cut. This started a few weeks after Gonzaga announced their participation in the Jim Maui Invitational.
Aug. 8 was to be individual ticket sales through Tickets West. I took the day off from work. All the prestige tickets were sold. I was one of the first calls they took.
My wife and I are diehard Gonzaga fans. We booked a condo last December. What were $100.00 tickets are now $700.00 through Stub Hub or Vivid Seats. These tickets came from the two groups listed above.
The sardonic humor doesn’t escape me. The majority of the Gonzaga games in the Maui Invitational that my wife and I will see are going to be in a sports bar a few miles from the actual event. How naïve I was. All we wanted was a fair chance.