You’ll need to shell out bucks for BCS tickets

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Given the microphone at Wednesday night’s Alabama basketball game, Orange Bowl committee member Jeff Rubin gave the home fans something they wanted to hear: “Roll Tide Roll!” he shouted.

Before the game, speaking to a small group of reporters at Coleman Coliseum, Rubin had news less good for Alabama fans wanting to attend the BCS National Championship Game. All tickets are sold out.

The Orange Bowl committe is organizing this year’s BCS National Championship Game in Miami. Rubin said the hype of Alabama vs. Notre Dame has created a lot of excitement around the game.

“We’re getting calls not just about game tickets but about the tailgate zone and other events surrounding the game,” Rubin said. “The hype of the game … it’s the Super Bowl of college football and then some.”

Rubin said the only tickets remaining are in the “secondary market,” which means ticket resellers. Those aren’t cheap. The least expensive ticket on on Wednesday night was $1,098, and that was standing room only.

Rubin also said the Alabama practices during BCS week will be at Barry University and the team will stay at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. Notre Dame will practice at the Miami Dolphins’ practice complex, and the team will stay at the Westin Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Fla. Both teams will move to undisclosed locations the night before the game.

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