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article imageFan bills Duke $827.95 for UNC-Duke game postponement

By Lizz Riggs     Feb 16, 2014 in Sports
Raleigh - A Duke University basketball fan who had tickets to the Wednesday game against University of North Carolina has sent Duke an invoice for $827.95, arguing that Duke should have been better prepared to play the game.
"Duke wasn't able to go eight miles with 48 hours notice of the storm?" Jackson Markham told WNCN Friday.
Markham, originally from Southern Pines, NC, said that he is a lifelong Duke fan and purchased tickets to the game at UNC, along with hotel reservations and a friend who drove 12 hours to be with him for the game.
Markham said he was only .7 miles from the Smith Center Wednesday night, on Fordham Boulevard, when the game was postponed. "I could have walked to it," he said.
Duke told WNCN Wednesday afternoon that the team intended to shoot around at Duke at 4:45 p.m., followed by a team meal at 5 p.m. and a 7 p.m. bus ride to the Smith Center. A Duke official said the Blue Devils would leave earlier if necessary. The ACC's policy is to play the game if the teams and officials can safely make it to the arena. After the weather caused a chaotic traffic situation in the Triangle, UNC announced at 5:42 p.m. Wednesday that the game was postponed.
"We spent all this money and just got nothing out of it," said Markham.
"Duke's bus is not able to get to their campus to pick up the team in time to be able to make the trip to Chapel Hill so we can't play this evening," UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said at the time.
Markham sent an invoice to Duke Athletics Director Kevin White with information on how much he spent on tickets and hotels. He said he didn't understand why Duke didn't have a backup plan to get to the game.
When asked what he wanted from Duke, Markham said, "If someone wanted to write a sincere apology, that would be nice."
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