By: Sarah Travis
The student demand for tickets to the SEC Championship game is extremely high, and USC 's 1,500 student tickets are being distributed using a lottery system similar to the regular home game ticket distribution.
USC and Auburn each received 15,900 tickets to the game. At USC, 11,600 of those were sold Monday to booster-club members and all were claimed by 11:00 a.m. The athletic department and Board of Trustees claimed another 2,100 tickets while 800 were allocated for sale to faculty members.
Colonial Life Arena Ticket Coordinator Lance Grant says fans flocked so quickly to buy tickets on Monday, that they ran out of all but student tickets by noon.
"All the club members were getting their requests in on the last day, it was nonstop the entire day," Grant says.
The lottery for student tickets first ranked them according to class and by loyalty points they'd collected by attending games, showing up early and staying for the whole game. Senior USC student Mike Luebchow thinks the lottery is a fair way to distribute the tickets.
"Of course everyone is going to want a ticket, and that's not possible with only a few tickets available so they might as well do a lottery," Luebchow says.
Students who were awarded a ticket were notified by e-mail starting at midnight Tuesday. Thoey must go to the Colonial Life Arena between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on November 18 to claim a voucher they can present at the Georgia Dome to pick up their actual ticket.