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Fans in Vegas miss U.S. Olympic hoops exhibition due to glitch

USA Basketball Showcase Practice Sessions

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 20: Kevin Durant #5 of the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s National Team signs autographs for fans after a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on July 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Thousands of fans expecting to see the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team play against Argentina inside a Las Vegas arena were left outside because of a ticketing snafu.

Box office staff at T-Mobile Arena were overwhelmed Friday night by the number of people picking up will call tickets or wanting to purchase on-site.

Some customers reported delays of as much as 2 hours and never made it inside.

MGM Resorts International, which owns the arena, apologized. The company said in a statement that it would grant refunds to anyone unable to attend.

The game was the first of five exhibitions the U.S. will play before traveling to Rio to defend the gold medal.

The U.S. team, which won 111-74, has spent the last week practicing in Las Vegas.

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