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Nov. 30, 2001

CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia Director of Athletics Craig Littlepage announced Friday (Nov. 30) that the Virginia-Michigan State basketball game, stopped on Wednesday (Nov. 28) because of unplayable court conditions at the Richmond Coliseum, will not be completed or replayed. The game, part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, was stopped at 15:04 of the second half because of a slippery court, with Virginia leading 31-28.

“On behalf of the University of Virginia and its department of athletics, I want to salute and thank the sellout crowd that assembled for the game on Wednesday night in Richmond,” Littlepage said. “Once again, fans from around the Commonwealth demonstrated their support for college basketball.

“The teams and coaching staffs from the two schools are to be applauded and recognized for their efforts in playing through adverse conditions. The two head coaches, Tom Izzo and Pete Gillen, deserve thanks for their professionalism in dealing with the unfortunate circumstances that resulted in the game being stopped.

“The city of Richmond is an important area for the University and for our athletics programs. We will return to Richmond for future competition and look forward to the continued support of our fans and friends. In that regard, I’m pleased that discussions between the University, the city of Richmond and the Richmond Coliseum management have already began at the highest levels. We will continue to seek a resolution of all outstanding issues.”

Tickets purchased through the Virginia athletics ticket office by telephone or mail will be automatically refunded without the return of ticket stubs. Credit cards will be credited for that type of purchase, while individuals paying by check will receive a check refund within 30 days. Patrons who made an in-person purchase at the athletics ticket office in Bryant Hall are being asked to return their ticket stubs in person during regular office hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) to initiate the refund, because no personal information was recorded at the time of sale. Any individual with questions regarding the procedure for tickets purchased through the Virginia athletics ticket office should call 800/542-8821.

Tickets purchased in person at the Richmond Coliseum box office or at any Ticketmaster outlet must be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund. To secure this refund, the ticket stub from the game must be presented where the ticket was purchased. Tickets purchased by telephone or on the internet at will receive a full, automatic credit without requiring the return of a ticket stub. Refunds will be available beginning Monday, Dec. 3, at 10:00 a.m. Anyone with questions regarding tickets purchased through the Ticketmaster system or the Richmond Coliseum box office should call Mike O’Toole at 804/780-4970, ext. 109.

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