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ODU Women's Basketball Game Draws Sparse Crowd - On Purpose

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The women's basketball game between Old Dominion and Rice has intentionally drawn a sparse crowd.

ODU encouraged fans to stay away from the Ted Constant Convocation Center due to a winter storm that blanketed Norfolk on Thursday.

ODU said in a statement that fans and students who could walk to the arena were welcome. But the university encouraged others who would have had to travel to stay away for their own safety.

ODU broadcast the Thursday morning game on its website. The live feed showed a few dozen fans in the arena, where admission for the day was free.

ODU says fans can redeem their Rice game tickets for free admission to the home finale against North Texas on Saturday or for any regular season women's game next season.

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