USC Students Upset Over the Lack of Championship Tickets
Stub Hub which is an online marketplace for buyers and sellers of tickets is selling individual suites to the championship game for nearly $27,000.
Sam Davis is a junior at USC who did not receive a ticket for the championship game.
By: Jasmin A. Whitney
The South Carolina Gamecocks are going to the SEC Championship in Atlanta this year, but when a lot of students woke up Wednesday morning they were devastated to find that they were not making the trip. At least not for free.
The university only allotted 1500 student tickets for a student body of more than 27,000.
USC and Auburn each received 15,900 tickets for the game. The bulk of the tickets, 11,600, were sold Monday to booster club members. The athletic department and Board of Trustees were allotted 2,100 and 800 tickets were reserved for sale to university faculty and staff. The rest of the seats were reserved for long-time SEC Championship ticket buyers.
The USC student tickets were distributed by a lottery system that ranked them by class and the number of loyalty points they had collected by attending other football games. That lottery left a lot of football fans without tickets.
"When I found out that I didn't get one my heart just sunk to the bottom of my stomach," says Sam Davis a junior at USC. I just slouched on my couch. I didn't want to move, I didn't want to get up. I didn't want to do anything."
Once students realized that they would not be given tickets by the university they searched the Internet for tickets. They found them, but at some very high prices Tickets to the game on web sites like Ebay and Ticket Master exceed $300 each. Individual suites for the game are nearly $27 thousand on stub hub.
"As great as it would be to be in Atlanta after we won, there is really just not a whole lot of incentive for me to go down there if I can't afford to go to the game," says Sam Davis.
Some students are determined to get to the championship game. Some are even considering asking professors and teachers if they can have their tickets.