NCAA Brackets Result In Scheduling Madness

Have you ever wanted to be in two place at once?

Many around the metro are wishing they could figure out just how to do that.

March Madness begins this week and for many Creighton fans, it's turned into a scheduling dilemma.

There's a lot of sprucing up as Omaha hosts an NCAA regional this week.

"It's a great opportunity for folks to see what Omaha has to offer on a national stage," Deb Ward of the Omaha Convention & Visitors Bureau said.

Sessions in Omaha are sold out.

Here's the break down...

There are about 17,000 seats at the Century Link Arena.

Creighton season ticket holders have claimed more than half of those seats for the entire six-game session.

Three thousand more were snapped up by the general public.

And 4,000 more are set aside for the NCAA and the eight schools that will be playing.

But some are calling a technical foul on the scheduling.

When Creighton plays Alabama in Greensboro, North Carolina Friday, the first game in Omaha will also be underway.

That leaves potentially 10,000 ticket holders who would rather be somewhere else watching their team.

The secondary ticket market is buzzing.

Cyndi Murphy is a manager at the Old Mattress Factory.

She said the plan here is to be ready for the crowds.

"Everyone's on the Creighton bandwagon," Murphy said. "We hoped that it wouldn't conflict with that, unfortunately it does. You're still going to have fans here supporting Creighton."

Down the street at the Stadium Club, they're disappointed the Jays are playing the same day the Omaha bracket begins.

But there is one bright spot.

"You would have like to have them on Thursday ideally just to give you a bit of a bonus," Kevin Culjat of the Stadium Club said. "But we're fortunate to get the games down here on Friday and Sunday that leaves Saturday open for St. Patrick's Day."

The scheduling snafu may benefit Kansas and Missouri fans by making more tickets available.

Each school is allotted 350 tickets and can only request 200 more.

Incidentally, Louisville and New Mexico State are facing the same problem as Creighton.

Their first round games tip off out of town just as games "back home" are underway.

Ohio State got a scheduling break with alternating days between the team's games and those scheduled at a regional in Columbus.


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