Unlike the initial Carrier Classic, last year's inaugural college basketball game on a boat, the Florida-Georgetown affair will be much more available to the public -- for an expected steep price.
The Carrier Classic was about giving active and former servicemen and servicewomen a chance to attend the formerly rare event. The boat sat about 7,500 people. It was a great site and great sight. When the President shows up, you know you've done something big.
The Gators and Hoyas are playing in the Navy/Marine Corps Classic, which is being held on Nov. 9 off Jacksonville's coast. With three aircraft carrier games being held this fall (we sure no one wants to book a fourth before July's out?), there's more room for all to attend in general. Approximately 3,000 of the attendees for the UF-G'town game will be those who are and have served our country. It's great to see this theme continue.
OnlyGators.com reports the tickets for the event will be available for fans, but at a $1,000-per-seat price. Too much? Of course not, because the Jacksonville Jaguars are also involved, bro! It's a pretty smart decision, as event organizers are hoping Gator fans will also buy into a Jags game experience. (Jacksonville has been underwhelming in football attendance for almost the entirety of its existence.)
Via Only Gators:
Interviewed live Tuesday by host Frank Frangie on Sports Radio 1010XL in Jacksonville, executive director of sports & entertainment for the City of Jacksonville Alan Verlander provided some insight on how fans may be able to acquire passes for the game.
According to Verlander, who said an official press release with exact details is scheduled for Thursday, the cheapest way to attend the two-day event is for $1,000 with packages set to be sold for as much as $50,000. However, that cost will cover a lot more than just the ability to watch Florida and Georgetown square off live on the carrier.
“It's not just $1,000 for one basketball game,” he cautioned. “It's $1,000 for a whole two-day event.”
Verlander appears to know what he's doing. Obviously you want to make these things "events" instead of mere regular-season basketball games, so the strategy seems sound and a big boost from the 2011 Carrier Classic. We're just starting to get real details on what the Navy/Marine Corps Classic will entail, and by the time this thing gets underway in a few months, it should be quite an experience for those who can afford to buy in.
The Jaguars part is some sort of V.I.P.-type party for the football game on Nov. 8, when Jacksonville hosts the Indianapolis Colts. (Man, do I dislike Thursday night NFL games, by the way.) In addition to this, there's supposed to be a big concert being held prior to the start of the game, and the name is a very recognizable one, according to Verlander. Negotiations are still ongoing.
A press release is expected at some point on Thursday.
What's pretty incredible is that the $1,000 ticket is the basement bargain price for the weekend. The hope is that some will spend the max amount, $50,000, to get the best of the experience. Premier seats and access for both the football and the basketball game. Some of the money raised for the Navy/Marine Corps Classic will help pay for military members to get on the boat.
As for any other special guests, that's still to be determined. Overall, this is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious spectacles in regular-season college basketball history.