November 6, 2013 by ryanfadus
With football season going on for a few more weeks, basketball season is upon us here at WVU. For years and years students have had to wait outside of the Coliseum just to get inside and sit in the student section. They would have to brave all kinds of weather; snow, rain and wind just to get a good seat to the game. At one point, everyone who went to these games would complain about waiting outside and how they should have the ticketing system just like for football games. Well, it has finally been announced that the SGA was able to get approval to do this and the ticketing system is currently in place for all home basketball games this year.
So far, the ticketing system is just open for men’s basketball games. Their season has already started and students can begin to request tickets for the next game which is against Mount St. Mary’s on Friday November 8. The system works the same as for football tickets and it will finally allow students who don’t want to wait in line for hours just to get into the student section. An article posted just a few weeks ago talked more into detail about this situation.
When requesting a ticket you have three choices to choose from; lower standing, lower seated and upper level. There will also be 2,300 student tickets available for each home game this year. The lower standing is where the original student section was and will continue to be. Maniacs don’t have to worry either since there is a special section designated for them. The SGA and everyone else involved did a really good job of thinking students as well as regular people who pay to see the game. The sections won’t take up much more room and there are still plenty of seats left for regular ticket payers.
Students are very excited for this new policy and some plan to go to more games now because of it. Eric Catafago said, “I’m really looking forward to going to more games this year than in the past because of this new ticketing system.”
Even though West Virginia is playing against teams that aren’t very good, ticket requests should still be high. Many students are probably wondering how well it works and how much better it really is than waiting outside in bad weather just to see a game. Once Big 12 play starts though, expect ticket request numbers to go up, especially when Kansas comes to town. “I can’t wait to go to the Kansas game this year, since I don’t have to wait in line and I can basically sit anywhere I want,” Catafago said.
The Mountaineers have only played one game using the new ticketing system and with many more to go, expect more and more students to use it. That being said there are a few things can be made to make sure this process goes smoother and get as many students at the games as possible. Since the basketball team plays almost every day, emails should be sent out to all students so they know when registration begins and ends for the upcoming game or games. By doing this the Coliseum can expect more students to show up and cheer for the Mountaineers. Another thing that might be useful is have an interactive map so students can see where each section is exactly and if they want to sit there or somewhere else.
These are just a few suggestions that can make the ticketing process more user friendly, but as of right now many students are excited about it and are prepared to take full advantage of it. “Since this is my senior year, I want to go to as many games as possible. With this new ticketing system I can do that now,” Catafago said.