In my opinion, the order should go: 1. Boosters, 2. Alumni who aren't boosters, 3. Upperclassmen, 4. All other registered students, 5. Fans. It's ridiculous someone who lives in a college town who has never attended the university, and just wants to go watch a football game, gets precedence over those who are shelling out thousands to attend that University. If I'm wrong, please correct me.
@5LittlePiggies As one who had to wait over a year to "win" the lottery at UF to get a ticket, I share your pain. However, as an alumni, there are two things that influence this at opposite ends of the spectrum.
1. Debt on one side. Non-student tickets normally are much more expensive (therefore lucrative) to the university, and almost every college football team in the country is in debt up to its eyeballs. Yeah, they rake in money, but they also spend like drunken sailors. Urban Myer won us a national championship. He was guaranteed a $5 million bonus. His coaching staff got huge bumps as well. That was not scheduled in the budget and UF did not have lottery insurance (that was an attempt at humor). Our ticket prices went thru the roof after that, and they are still a lot less expensive than Texas A&M's this year, and they just won a non-BCS bowl. I just went to a web site to lookup some ticket prices to justify my argument here. LIST prices for the Texas A&M vs Alabama game are BETWEEN $438 and $1082. Read that last number again. There are NO decimal points in that, that's the price for a COLLEGE football game. No coincidence the Aggies are starting to do a $450 MILLION dollar upgrade to Kyle Field. Folks, this is close to insanity. The point here is, for every seat the Aggies give up to a student from these "at large" tickets, they lose money they really need. And there is no guarantee in two years they will be able to get this kind of money. And I thought UF's pricers were bad. Not even close.
2. Keeping students in the game, how important is that? The wider the differential between what you can get from a student ticket (a SINGLE ticket at A&M for a student is $200, or you can get a season ticket for students at $350), so there is a differential between the AVERAGE single ticket price for the Alabama game and a student SEASON ticket is over $200. A&M is picked again for this diatribe because their student section is over 31,000, the largest in college football. Every wonder why A&M has the largest student section in college ball with a stadium that seats about 20,000 less than the standard setters (the Swamp, Death Valley, BDS)? Might be the reason. The Aggies charge INSANE prices for student and non-student tickets. To get that kind of money into your pockets, you have to take it from ANYBODY who will pay it. The Aggies decided to keep their student section huge. Aggie student wants a ticket? No problem. Just pay for it. It is a lot of money, but you get a ticket. Right now, the Aggie students are willing to pay that price.
At UF, if we could not get a ticket to a game, the best beaches in the US are just 3 hours away. In College Station, there must not be much else to do on a Saturday.
Holy crap. My brother and I were just complaining last month about the rise in nose bleed tickets in the Swamp to the high double digits.....
@BonzaiB Great info, thanks. Yep, it's all about the $$$ now. I attended the University of Oklahoma for 2 years, and the student season ticket was $50. That was during the '96 and '97 seasons, so they were just about giving away tickets then because of the Blake years. But I definitely see the reason why universities would want to sell the premium ticket before the discounted student ticket. I like what A&M does, sell the student ticket at a higher price. A university could sell the student tickets at the same price everyone pays for a season ticket. At least that gives students the opportunity to purchase them before the public. Best Regards!