I watched with horror last night as the Tar Heels went down in Round One of the ACC Tournament.
It wasn’t that the Heels lost, it was the multitude of empty seats in the coliseum. A reminder of the Carolina Hurricanes tenure in the coliseum a few years ago. While there were thousands of empty seats, none were available as all seats were sold. It was technically a sell-out.
The problem is that these so-called basketball fans don’t mind dropping $400 bucks, so they can cherry pick the games they want to watch, them go elsewhere to watch other games or even head home.
I remember when basketball tournaments all over the country were packed, not just Greensboro. Now the seats are cold while the tickets are in the hands of rich contributors to the participating schools. Contributors, who often watch one game and leave. Gone are the days of fans cheering against teams late into the night.
As Carolina fans put it when the Dean Dome was built – the “Whine and Cheese” crowd has taken over all the seats, leaving the fans to watch it on TV. When a book of ACC Tickets can sit on a bar with no takers, you know that the fun is gone from the game.