Crimson Tide Football ticket sales to begin MondayBy Charles Scarborough | 06/09/2010 10:36pm
More than 14,000 students will vie for 13,000 football season ticket packages next week.
"The student football ticketing process has really gotten off to a great start, and we expect more good news in the coming weeks," said Stephen Swinson, SGA Vice President of Student Affairs. "Every student deserves the chance to watch the national champions play football this fall.
"With the additional 2,000 seats allocated to the student body, the chances of a student receiving a ticket during the summer sale has been dramatically increased. That's great for students and great news for the entire Alabama community."
The ticket sales will consist of five credit-hour brackets, each with a corresponding sales day between June 14 and 18. Students who filled out the required online forms to be eligible for student tickets received an e-mail on May 24 stating which day they could buy tickets. Tickets go on sale at 7 a.m. Central time on each designated day.
"Participants in each bracket will have close to a 90 percent chance of receiving tickets," Swinson said. "That's a big increase from last year."
Swinson said he expects the online sales to run much more smoothly than last year.
"With students spread throughout the country and participating in smaller groups, the software is relieved and less vulnerable to malfunction,” he said.
The date for away game ticket packages is yet to be determined, but Swinson said they will be available sometime after the home season package sale.
Those who were not enrolled at the University last semester are ineligible for full season packages, but Swinson said exceptions were made in some circumstances.
"Appeals were heard and exceptions were made for our fellow students deployed with the military and those with an approved medical absence," he said.
Students who twice neglected to donate their unused tickets are ineligible to participate in the student ticket sale, Swinson said.
"The ticket policy is enforced to ensure all students who have tickets will attend the game or donate the ticket to another student who will," Swinson said.
David Mitzner, a senior majoring in business management, said he believes there has been some confusion about the process.
"Everyone seems to think that the sophomores get the first shot at tickets because they get to buy them first, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case."
Bradley Haynes, a junior majoring in marketing and management, said he is indifferent toward the process.
"I really don't care about the SGA or how the football ticket process works," he said. "I just want to get my tickets and go to the games. If that doesn't happen, I'll be pissed."
Although he said the process has run smoothly thus far, Swinson said he is always looking for ways it can improve.
"I will ensure that the system is to student satisfaction by conducting various student survey polls and conversing with fellow students," Swinson said. "The SGA will work extremely