MSU President, Board Members Reaction to MSU Ticket Allotment

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

With any Rose Bowl game, there is high demand for tickets, but this year is especially so because it's a historic game--the 100th Rose Bowl and potentially a record crowd will attend.

"It is an honor to be part of team MSU and I just want to, in light of the Rose Bowl, give kudos to our ticket department which has been under a tremendous strain this week," said Mitch Lyons, a member of MSU's Board of Trustees.

Tickets ran out almost as soon as they went on sale.

"The demand far exceeds the availability of tickets," said Dianne Byrum, an MSU Board of Trustees member.

"We have to acknowledge the work of the Big Ten in getting us more tickets, but it is a bowl game where the allotments are constrained," said Lou Anna K. Simon, the President of Michigan State University.

President Simon said, MSU was given 1,000 tickets from the Stanford allotment, and was given additional tickets from the Big Ten

"[The Big Ten] were working with sponsors and people who have access to tickets in other ways to see if they could find unused tickets and to be able to collect them," said President Simon. "It wasn't enough to meet our demand but it was really terrific for them to try."

MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis determined season ticket holder would each get two tickets to the Rose Bowl game.

"That would allow more people that support spartan athletics to be able to take advantage of attending the game if that was their choice," said Byrum.

Two tickets may be a lot, or very few depending on each person's circumstances.

"Extraordinary high demand, and again we tried to look at it from a values lens in recognizing the importance of giving, at the same time as the importance of loyalty," said Pres. Simon.

Tickets or not, millions will be watching hoping for a Spartan victory.

"And hopefully it's not the last one in 26 years," said Lyons.

Whether football is or isn't your thing, president simon hopes all can enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes from winning the big ten.


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