Attention UO Students: Get Ready to Shell Out $200 for Football Tickets


Ed’s Note: Read the updated/correct story here.

Any current (or former) U of O student knows how awesome football games at Autzen Stadium are. Not so awesome, however, is the process of how said students go about obtaining their virtual golden tickets.

Every Sunday evening before the next home game, thousands of students nervously log-on to GoDucks.com, holding their collective breath and hoping the server doesn’t overload while the seconds seemingly tick by at lightning speed. If you don’t get to the ever glorious checkout page by three minutes past your designated distribution time, you know there’s a good chance you’ll be scalping tickets come Saturday.

Well now there’s an answer.

From GoDucks.com:

For the 2010 Football Season, UO students will be able to purchase a Student Season Ticket. This season ticket will cost $200, and all 6 home games will be embedded into your UO Student ID card. Students with a Student Season Ticket will not need to claim a ticket through the lottery process on a game-by-game basis, though you will still get your UO ID scanned at the student entrance at Autzen before each game.

UO Student Season Tickets will go onsale on Sunday, August 22nd at 6:00pm. There is a limit of 1,000 season tickets and they will be sold to currently enrolled UO Students on a first-come first-serve basis.

Hold on a second here. Doesn’t every student already pay for football tickets as part of their student fees? Why should I have to shell out $200 more — on top of $35,000 for tuition — to ensure that I can yell “O!” on six Saturdays?

Of course, I’m going to do it — and I expect the other 999 tickets to sell out in mere minutes — because whether it’s right or not, being able to attend (and write about from the first person) Oregon football games is one of the top reasons why I chose the U of O.

Students get the short end of the stick already. Sure, you can cut back hours to the library, EMU and the Rec, close “The Break” pool hall, and eliminate needed bus routes without much complaint, but don’t mess with our football tickets.

The UO Athletic Department has put itself in a win-win position while putting the ASUO in a lose-lose. The old system was bad, blaming the ASUO for not having enough money to buy up the whole student section on gamedays. Now, students will blame the ASUO for agreeing to let the AD make $200,000 in pure profit off 1,000 so-called lucky, worry-free students.

Sure, it might be worth $200 to me to avoid the heart-stopping panic each Sunday night. * **

(*Note: Last year, I only managed to get a ticket to the epic USC game because a “friend” on facebook who I didn’t actually know, had made it into the system and decided to do a good deed, entering my username and password into his open ticket-gulping channel.)

(**Extra note: While thousands of students are turned away from even attempting to “purchase” student tickets online, certain lucky students have the opportunity to logout and back in nearly limitlessly to hook up all of their friends. Yea, the system is broken.)

But it’s $200 more than students should have to pay to attend football games. I may seem to be emitting a generous aura of entitlement, but I think my (well, my dad’s) $35k+ a year is enough to include a guarantee for six measly football tickets.

Yea, I’ll pay the $200, and it’ll be a relief for my blood pressure not to go through the roof on a weekly basis, but I think there’s a better way to let students attend football games — without gouging their pockets and offering its student body a collective weekly coronary.

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8 responses

  1. With fond memories of lining up in the EMU at the ticket office for my student fee-paid tickets, this makes me sad. Ticketing online is a terrible idea. I’d much rather reward the die-hards who wait hours in advance than the guy with a bot who just wants to put them on StubHub.

    And, UW 541, I presume your student fees don’t already contribute toward tickets, but ours did and seems they still do. (Really, UW? And you’re from the 541 region? Unless it was a purely academic decision, I’m genuinely sorry to hear that.)

  2. I have to somewhat agree with WWB here. I remember waiting in line at the EMU to get my tickets as well. There was always much more of a sense of accomplishment after waiting to get your ticket, as opposed to hoping you have a fast internet hookup to get through the online ticketing system. I waited 6 hours in 2001 to get my Civil War ticket. I became friends with my fellow students in line during that whole time.

  3. There’s a big flaw in the logic that:

    “$35k+ a year is enough to include a guarantee for six measly football tickets.”

    A couple flaws, actually:

    1) You have not paid for the complete cost of your education. In other words, it costs more than $35,000 a year to educate you. The State of Oregon pays the difference between UO’s costs and income from tuition, etc. So, it stands to reason that there’s not enough left over from your tuition to cover football tickets. Remember, every seat they fill at Autzen for “free” is a seat they can’t sell. So, just because you’re a student doesn’t mean they’re paying for each student seat.

    2) There are more than 22,000 students at Oregon. Nearly all of them have paid a full tuition. They can’t all be “guaranteed” a seat at Autzen. But if the cost of their seat is built in to tuition, should non-sports fans get a refund for not attending any games? Of course not. It doesn’t work like that. Student seats are a courtesy (perk) for students; they’re not a right.

    Finally, supply and demand work wonders. When I was a college student (not long ago), parking was ridiculous. It was $10 a year for a parking pass, and they sold unlimited numbers. People would drive from 5 or 10 blocks away and use up the precious few spots available, leaving commuters no place to park. Eventually, a group of economics students made a strong enough case for the school to RAISE the price of a parking pass. The school jacked up the price. Suddenly, less students bought passes (because less students needed them that bad). Parking became less of an issue, and everybody was happy except for the few people who lived 10 blocks away and had to walk or ride their bikes (when frankly, they should have been doing that anyway).

    My point after this novel of a post: Personally, I’d have JUMPED at the chance to spend $200 for the right to see games w/out having to camp out or hope for the luck of the internet draw. Isn’t it worth it not to have to sweat and pray all week for a ticket?

    • Thanks for the comment, Law Duck. You bring up a very interesting point. Not all 22,000 students want to attend games, but there are probably about three times as many who want to go than they have room for. That said, a good chunk of those students have no real interest in the game — so your logic of making students pay works quite well. Eliminate the people who don’t really care. And you’re right, I’m going to be the first person to pay the $200 because it’s probably worth even more to me than that to not have to worry about getting tickets (but then again, I’m more of a fan than the average student). The thing that gets me upset though, is that they include the price of tickets in our student fees. If you take that out, I’d be more than happy to pay for tickets. Instead, I’ll pay the $200 begrudgingly.

  4. It’s a good business lesson for you college kids. Simple supply and demand. And if they take out the $200 fee from every student than they will just charge you more than $200 for your season pass. Be thankful that there are a lot of students with no interest in going that are helping subsidize your ticket.

    lawduckfan is dead on regarding the parking, it was an absolute shit show prior to that.

  5. I too used to stand in line at the EMU for football tickets. I remember waiting in line for 2 hours for Civil War tickets. I got my ticket and then the guy behind me got the last student ticket. The student line was still winding up the staircase. I felt bad for the poor student emu ticket guy having to tell everyone they were out.

    Anyway, I think the best way to correct the problem is to have students go online fill out a season football ticket application (drop this $200 fee). Everyone who wants tickets submits an application that includes their student ID etc. In August, students who are lucky enough to receive tickets are then notified via email, phone, whichever method the student chooses. This way the U of O can then look at the applications…nail down how many sections in Autzen they will give students (some games..students are given up to 3 or 4 sections for games. Others, high profile games students are only allowed 2 sections).

    After applications are submit nail down a number for sections say 3 that students are allowed for EVERY game. Then the U of O can use whatever method they want in deciding who gets the tickets..first come first serve..or based upon grade level.

    This way there’s no system overloads/errors during ‘allotted’ times. And no one has to wait in line for hours for tickets. Applications are submitted at the end of spring term. Students are notified in August and their student ID’s loaded with the tickets.

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