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Student ticket policy and it's effect on scalping tickets.

Discussion in 'Tickets and Travel' started by DA-Bucks, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. DA-Bucks

    DA-Bucks Trick shot artist Former FF The Deuce Champ

    It's actually sounding like OSU will crack down on illegitamate student ticket holders this year. Unfortunately, the result will be thousands of fans who would normally obtain student tickets will be out on lane avenue with the rest of the ticket hopefull amongst money grubbing scalpers.

    I thought scalping was expensive last year; finding a ticket under a Hundred for a decent game was almost impossible. The increased ticket prices combined with more fans potentially looking for a seat will result in drastic ticket price increases from last year.

    If I had to guess, a good game (like Penn State) which would've cost an outrageous ~$125 for an average seat will probably go up by at least $50 this year. It's just a guess, but I think it will be fairly accurate. I've scalped many tickets over the past 4 years (before that I had season tickets) and had a good feelig for what they are worth.

    I remember when I could watch Bobby Hoying play in a conference game for $30 with some pretty damned good seats.

    I'm becoming very disappointed with where how the University is handling the game day experience.

    If they were really concerned about scalpers, they would do more to keep them out of their hands. Those guys accumulate thousands of tickets before each game through whatever means they have.

    another note: DON'T *EVER* SELL YOUR TICKETS TO A TICKET BROKER, either post it on a Buckeye site or give it to a good fan.

    /rant
     
  2. daddyphatsacs

    daddyphatsacs Let the cards fall... Staff Member

    I echo your concerns, I guess that they would rather have an empty seat than lose and few Bucks a let a fan in.
     
  3. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    One thing I don't understand is that they let me buy 2 tickets for the Marshall game, and I'm only one student. What is one student to do with 2 tickets? I'll come up with a way to get the person in who is going with me..
     
  4. brutusbabe

    brutusbabe owner of great buckeyes

    The email students got before they went on sale stated a non-married student could buy 2 and give/sell one to another ID holding student. My poblem lies in the fact a spouse sticker was supposed to go on one of mine and they didn't put it on either so I am not sure what I a supposed to do.


    From a marketing standpoint,this is idiotic. Butts in seats is the main goal. You can't sell dogs & soda to people that aren't allowed in the stands.
     
  5. Gamebreaker

    Gamebreaker Newbie

    If the students are returning their tickets to the ticket office, I'm hoping some of these tickets will become available to the public again at www.hangonsloopy.com
     
  6. DA-Bucks

    DA-Bucks Trick shot artist Former FF The Deuce Champ

    I heard today that is not going to happen. They are only rereleasing them to the student body.
     
  7. brutusbabe

    brutusbabe owner of great buckeyes

    Actually alumni first, then students if there are any left.
     
  8. 3yardsandacloud

    3yardsandacloud Administrator Emeritus

    There is an article concerning this topic on the from page links:


    ID crackdown frees up 4,000 OSU tickets

    Thursday, September 02, 2004

    Kathy Lynn Gray

    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH



    More than 4,000 additional football tickets will be available for alumni, and possibly the general public, this season because of an Ohio State University crackdown on the use of student tickets.

    Starting with Saturday’s home opener, students will have to show their OSU identification to use a student ticket — a decision that means anyone else with a student ticket will be turned away.

    Enforcement of the ID rule also means students can’t pick up extra cash by selling tickets they get cheap: $27 per seat instead of the $57 the public pays. Nor can they give their tickets to Mom, Dad or their nonstudent friends.

    In response, more than 1,000 students have returned their season passes, which were good for the last four home games.

    Refunds are available this year because many students hadn’t heard that the long-ignored ID rule would be enforced, said Richelle Simonson, associate athletic director.

    "We felt we needed to be a little more flexible," Simonson said. "Lord knows we have enough other people who want these tickets."

    Simonson said returned tickets will be offered to alumni first, then to the general public.

    The policy affects student tickets for every home game. That includes the first two — Saturday and Sept. 11.

    Simonson said students can get a refund from the university for those tickets.

    The university, however, will not reimburse nonstudents who are denied entry into the stadium because they have student tickets, Simonson said.

    Plenty were on sale on eBay yesterday, including a number with descriptions stating that student IDs have not been checked in the past few years.

    Simonson said selling student tickets for anything other than face value is a violation of the OSU student code, as is selling them with the knowledge that an ID is needed. She said Columbus police are investigating some offers on eBay.

    Plenty of people are unhappy about the ID rule, Simonson said.

    "I’ve gotten a lot of phone calls, e-mails and angry letters," she said. Members of the public who bought student tickets and now can’t use them have little recourse, she said.

    Enforcement was necessary to keep tickets available to every student who wants them, she said. Because stadium space is limited, the school typically sets aside 25,000 student season passes.

    This year, 29,000 students bought the passes, and the university faced a decision: Either restrict ticket sales to students in some way or require ID on game day to cut down on the number of nonstudents using tickets.

    Students get a little wiggle room.

    For season-ticket games, they can exchange a student ticket for a regular ticket if they pay the $30 price difference plus a service charge, which probably will be $10 per ticket, Simonson said. That’s so students who bought a season pass and find they can’t use one or more tickets aren’t penalized, she said.

    Those using upgraded tickets won’t need a student ID to enter the stadium, and thus, those tickets could be sold to the general public. That is not, however, the intent of the upgrades, Simonson said.

    "We’re hoping we don’t see a bunch of tickets go up for sale on eBay; that’ll cause us to rethink the upgrades," she said.

    No ticket upgrades are allowed for Saturday’s game against the University of Cincinnati or the Sept. 11 game, Simonson said, because the tickets were sold late enough that students should have known whether they could attend the game.

    For any game, a student can sell a ticket to another OSU student, who then could use his or her ID to get into the stadium.

    Next year, faculty and staff members also will need to show identification to use their tickets. They buy tickets for $46 each, an $11-a-ticket discount.

    Simonson said concerns that ID checks will slow entrance into the stadium may not materialize. Students can enter through any gate and twice as many people will work the gates to keep lines from forming.


    kgray@dispatch.com
     
  9. Brutus1

    Brutus1 Don't be penurious, donate to the BP Spring Dr.

    I can somewhat see their idea of upgrading to a full priced ticket, but why the hell charge a $10 service charge on top of that ? That's such b.s. Maybe $10 s.c for each season ticket, but not on every ticket after you're already paying 30 to get up to full price.

    That's just going to produce higher scalping prices.
     
  10. yeah this sucks. I was hoping to get tickets this way...but now I am afraid to buy student tickets for the fear that I might be out of the money that I spent on the tickets
     
  11. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

    bump. how'd the ticketing go? any stories?
     
  12. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    I have heard two second hand reports. In both cases someone with no student ID was denied access, in one case the person was the father of the student and was accompanying his son but could not get in.

    Hate to see it go down this way, but if the U is unable to satisfy demand there is certainly an argument that students who are not attending the games should not be the ones to decide how tickets are distributed.
     
  13. AFB19

    AFB19 Newbie

    You could not say that enough, those guys are crooks.
     
  14. Sdgobucks

    Sdgobucks Pig on a wing

    So if my brother, a student, buys student tickets i can upgrade all of them except for marshall and cinci and get into the game without an ID?
     
  15. EdgeBuck

    EdgeBuck Glass Half Full Buck

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