Alabama SGA Make Changes to Football Tickets
After three Alabama home-football games, the Alabama Student Government Association and Alabama Athletics Department are implementing changes to the student football ticketing process.
Students may no longer transfer tickets from one student to another for the remaining two games. This eliminates the ability to sell a ticket from one student or another, leaving those who truly intend on attending the game as the students opting into the ticket lottery.
The graduate school's ticket allotment has been reduced by 5% and reallocated to the senior class' percentage, seniors will now make up 45% of the students attending the game each week.
The system used for student-tickets in the past had to be altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting seating in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Students were given tickets in a lottery system and a student's odds for receiving a ticket increased with more credit hours.
Many students that were receiving tickets would then test the open-market and selling tickets for a massive profit. This led to complaints from both students and parents alike and the SGA to review the system that has been in place this season.
Sam Rickert, vice president of student affairs, said the SGA began noticed there was a problem after the Georgia tickets were allotted. Students were quick to attempt to sell their tickets for a large profit, raising questions and complaints on if the process was working correctly.
Eliminating the ability to transfer tickets was the SGA's answer to prevent those who had no intention of going to the games from opting into the ticket lottery. Students may still donate their ticket back to the student lottery if they cannot go to the game, the option to swap lower and upper bowl tickets is still available this year also.
"The way we did tickets this year was a game-by-game basis and the reason we chose to do that and why I thought it was a really good idea too, is because it allowed for a chance for us to do something like this, to change. To be able to look at what happened the first three games, where did people see problems, and make it as fair as possible if we needed to make a change," said Rickert.
"I think with Kentucky and Auburn coming up, students are still really happy about the fact that we did make this change we did make it more fair because since we are limited to the 20% capacity not all students have been able to go to a game. This is going to make their chances a lot higher and prevent students from opting in for the soul purpose of selling, and rewarding people that are wanting to go to the game making it so that the only reason you opt in for a ticket is for going to the game and rewarding the true fans."