At 2 p.m. today, the University of Nebraska Athletic Ticket
Office will release 200 additional standing room only East Apron football
season tickets to qualified freshmen. Like other student season tickets,
these standing room only tickets cost $21 per game , or $147 for the
season. They will be sold on a season basis only and as there is no
seating provided, these tickets cannot be validated or resold.
Tickets must be purchased online at Huskers.com and will be sold on a
first-come, first-served basis.
The University of Nebraska has provided 8,500 season tickets
to UNL students for many years. In 2008, working in collaboration with
the ASUN, student season football tickets were changed from reserved to general
admission, giving upperclassmen priority seating. For the past four
years, students were allowed to order tickets by academic class standing with
upperclassmen having first opportunity to sit in the East Stadium.
Demand for tickets this year are at an all-time high, not
only for student tickets, but also for fans both at home in soldout Memorial
Stadium and for each of the Huskers road games this year as NU competes for the
first time in the Big Ten Conference. For example, more than 20,000
tickets were requested for league games at Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Nebraska's allotment for Big Ten road games is just 3,000 tickets.
In 2009, student football tickets for freshmen remained
until the week of the first game. Last year, tickets sold out in April in
three days after going on sale to freshmen. This year, tickets for
freshmen ran out nearly immediately after they went on sale. The Nebraska
Athletic Ticket Office holds a minimum of 500 tickets for freshmen, and 1,258
had already been allocated to freshmen this year out of the 8,500
allotment. The Ticket Office created a 400-person wait list in April
during the signup period, and created an additional 100-person waitlist in
July. As of today, the Athletic Ticket Office was able to assist each of
the 500 students on the waitlists, but had cut off the waitlists at 400 and 100
as they did not feel that realistically they would be able to assist more than
Athletic Director Tom Osborne said, "In an
effort to assist more freshmen, we are making available 200 more standing-room
only season tickets today. We believe that is a fair number as we have
already assisted all 500 on the waitlists. With our extremely tight
sidelines, 200 really is the maximum that we can allocate for this
purpose. We hope that this will help more of our student body get into
the games as we embark on this historic season."