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Single-game tickets for Miami-Florida game sold out

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Miami announced Friday that the school has sold out of single-game tickets for the Florida game. (USATSI)
Miami announced Friday that the school has sold out of single-game tickets for the Florida game. (USATSI)

When Miami and Florida renew their in-state rivalry on Sept. 7, it could be the final time the longtime foes meet in a scheduled game for the foreseeable future.

That fact, combined with high expectations for both teams in 2013, has resulted in the University of Miami selling out their allotment of single-game tickets for the contest.

On Friday, the school announced that all of the walk-up tickets for the Noon, ET kickoff had been sold out. The only way for fans to buy tickets to the game now are through the Hurricanes' season tickets or on the secondary market. Currently, prices on StubHub range from $100 for nosebleeds to nearly $600 for club level tickets.

At the ACC spring meetings in May, Hurricanes athletic director Blake James told there have been no talks with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley regarding future matchups.

"This is a game that's been on the schedule and we're thrilled to be hosting them in South Florida," James said. "With that said, I haven't spoken with Jeremy or the University of Florida about future games, and I don't know how it would fit into their schedule or fit into ours right now. There hasn't been any conversation, and there isn't anything on the schedule for the future."

Miami and Florida competed for the Seminole War Canoe Trophy every year from 1938 until 1987, when expansion of the SEC schedule led the Gators to end the series. Since then, the in-state foes have met just five times -- with only three scheduled meetings and two bowl games. There was a home-and-home in 2002-03, a 2008 game in Gainesville, and now it appears the September date in Miami Gardens will be the last for a while.

If the SEC decides to increase the conference schedule to nine games, the Gators will be less inclined to take on such a series in their non-conference schedule. The annual season finale against Florida State gives Florida one quality non-conference opponent to pair with the usual rigors of the SEC conference schedule. In fact, 2013 will be the first season that Florida plays multiple non-conference games against BCS conference opponents since facing South Florida and Florida State in 2010.

According to Michael Casagrande, of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Hurricanes haven't recorded a full sellout since Florida State's visit in 2010. With Friday's news it is possible the Florida game could end that sellout drought -- even with the promise of midday south Florida heat in early September

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