Athletic department reviews ticket policy
By SCOTT BRODFUEHRER
As a result of an unexpected overabundance of Nebraska fans at Saturday's game, the athletic department will be reviewing its policy on football tickets.
"It's fair to say that all policies are being reviewed. It's premature to say that any one decision will be made," said Jim Fraleigh, director for athletics Ticketing and Marketing.
According to Fraleigh, where all groups of ticket holders — alumni, faculty, staff and students — had re-sold their tickets. Any decision regarding a change in ticket policy would involve the organizations that Nebraska fans sat and the numerous red T-shirts throughout the stadium indicated that represent the groups of ticket holders, such as the alumni association, he said.
"It's not a decision that will be made solely by the athletic department. It's a much bigger issue than what most people think," Fraleigh said.
Currently, the University does not have an official policy regarding the re-sale of tickets, rather there is an alumni ongoing practice based on tradition that fans follow.
"We are not against selling their tickets to other alumni at face value. We are against them selling [tickets] to non-alumni for significantly higher than face value prices, or scalping," Fraleigh said.
The University reserves the right to revoke ticket privileges for any reason. There are not enough resources to ensure that tickets are not scalped, Fraleigh said. Alumni usually do not sell their tickets, which are received through the annual football ticket lottery, directly to fans from the other team, he added. Instead, they sell the tickets to other alumni, who might sell the tickets to fans from the opposing team. Since opposing fans do not obtain the tickets first-hand, it is even more difficult to control scalping.
"In reality, we have a limited staff," said Fraleigh. "It is virtually impossible for us to track any situation."
All News Stories for Tuesday, September 12, 2000