By Steven Gaither, Web Producer/Digital Journalist - email
While the rest of the state and much of the Southeast is shutting down, Wednesday’s Duke-UNC game is still on.
"ACC policy states that we should play the game if the teams, officials and games operations staff can safely get to the arena," UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said in a 4:00 p.m. release. "As of right now, we believe that those critical personnel will be able to get here."
The game will still be played in Chapel Hill on Wednesday night despite classes being cancelled at UNC because of impending wintry weather. Tar Heel Express Shuttles will not operate for the game. The weather is expected to have an effect on attendance, so UNC has come up with a plan.
"We distributed approximately 6,000 student tickets before today and we will be able to get more students in the building once we see how many people with tickets actually attend the game," Cunningham said. "Seats that go unused by season ticket holders will be filled by students."
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory told the media he will not be in attendance.
“I planned to go to the Duke-Carolina game tonight,” McCrory told reporters at a Wednesday press conference. “I’m not going. Would have loved that. I’ve been looking forward to that game. I’m not going. I’m staying off the roads.”
Duke (19-5, 8-3) swept North Carolina (16-7, 6-4) last season. Tipoff is set for 9:10 p.m.
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