Rose Bowl MSU Ticket Shortage; Season Ticket Holders Guaranteed 2

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

EAST LANSING (WILX)-- MSU's decision to make sure every season ticket holder can get two tickets to the Rose Bowl, has some loyal donors up in arms.

To accommodate season ticket holders it means many others (bigger donors) won't get the tickets they were expecting.

It wasn't an easy decision for MSU, which is just trying to help out the average fans.

"It was tough decision, but in the end we did it for the right reason. Trying to get as many Spartans to have this experience as possible," said Paul Schager, Assoc. Athletic Director.

There were more than 30,000 requests, and only 24,000 tickets available. Do the math and you can figure out not everyone is going to get tickets to the Rose Bowl.

It's a harsh reality for families that have already gotten airfare and hotels booked. Even the head of the MSU alumni association, Scott Westerman, lost a couple tickets in the deal.

"All of us here understood that it was a request and not a guarantee. My Spartan Fund donor level entitled me to request four tickets. I ended up getting two and that was fine," said Westerman.

The athletic department is trying to get more tickets, but the 24,000 will likely be the limit.

"Given the high demand for the game on both sides. We don't feel any large quantities of tickets are going to become available to us," said Schager.

Looking for more tickets, fans will have to stay optimistic.

"Now things are starting to settle down. The supply and demand are going to balance out a little bit. There may be actually more tickets and reasonable prices," said Westerman.

Some tickets will be available on websites like StubHub and Ticket Master, though prices are likely to be higher for a while.

For those who are getting tickets, they will be delivered through the university. Students, meanwhile, will have to pick theirs up in Pasadena.

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