Mike Krzyzewski didn’t wait to be asked about the attendance for the opening games of the NIT Season Tip-Off that were held in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
"It was a heck of a basketball game. I wish that more people could have attended," he said of the Duke win over East Carolina.
"One sidenote, I don’t know how they do the seating for the NIT, but it stinks. However they did it, it ruins the atmosphere for Cameron, where people want to get in here and it costs so much to come in and afford this tournament. There shouldn’t be an empty seat here. That’s not the fault of our students. It’s not. We’re allocated a certain amount of tickets, and that’s what we get. More people should have witnessed this game. That’s what I’m saying."
Each school was given approximately 200 tickets to sell, Duke spokesmen Matt Plizga and Mike Cragg said. The majority of the tickets were returned to Duke on Sunday, which prevented Duke from doing much advertising to distribute them locally (the Blue Devils did manage to sell about 100 tickets in 24 hours). The tickets the NIT gave to the schools for the lower bleacher seating had a face value of $71 .
When Greensboro News & Record columnist Ed Hardin went to inquire about tickets for the Norfolk State-UNC Asheville game—which was already in progress—he was told it would cost between $41 and $123.
There were fewer than 100 people in attendance for that game.