A little over a month ago I stated that there was a surprising lack of demand for Nebraska Football season tickets. I also said this should be an eye-opener for the athletic department. I was told a lot of things after the publication of that piece, but perhaps what I heard the most was “What does this have to do with the game…write about something worth reading. Stop trying to create drama.”
Creating drama was not my intention. I was simply conveying a message that Nebraska football season ticket demand was down. With that said, it seems that with less than 75 days remaining until the season kicks off, the ticket office has created some drama of its own.
This week, the athletic department put out a red alert to all Husker fans by opening up sales to the public in a wide-ranging campaign.
“With the completion of the first two phases of Seat Yourself, a new online, ticketing program for the upcoming football season, Husker fans now have the opportunity to view and purchase remaining season tickets for the 2014 season.”- via Nebraska Media Relations
The waiting list for Nebraska football season tickets looks to have been exhausted. This push to sell tickets and fill it back up (which began in earnest well over a month ago) is a cry for help from the AD to a fan base that has sold out every game since 1962 without thinking twice.
Today, any prospective season ticket holders can visit the ticketing website and view seats up for grabs. They’ll also learn of any donation requirements for the upcoming season.
Single seats, pairs and upwards of eight seats in a row remain across all but east stadium. The majority of those seats require a minimum of a $150 donation.
The most expensive donation required as of this writing is $1750. There are a few seats in the last rows of the north stadium expansion that can be had with no donation. Nebraska’s initial release of tickets to the public apparently earned the site a large influx of traffic as the servers slowed for all attempting to visit, but they were kicked and the kinks worked themselves out.
The question that remains is: After that initial surge, what demand is left? Clearly not enough to fill the season ticket waiting list anymore.
Husker fans along with the athletic department have been put on notice sooner than expected on the sellout streak. Supply has very possibly caught up to demand. The red alert has been sounded.
Sellout 334 is no longer guaranteed.
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