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October 13, 1993


Student opinion about Kansas University's new basketball ticket plan is divided between the haves and the have-nots.

Those who managed to score one of 6,300 Allen Fieldhouse seats allocated to students don't mind the inconvenience of the coupon and lottery system.

"KU basketball is definitely worth a little bit of hassle," Lawrence senior Eric Brey said outside the fieldhouse's ticket office on Tuesday, the second day that students could pick up coupons for tickets to this year's contests.

Students denied season tickets to the 16-game home schedule aren't entirely happy.

"It's probably fair, but I don't like it," said Jim Cheng, an Overland Park graduate student.

He's had tickets to KU home games the past four years. Indecision about enrolling in graduate school left him on a waiting list for basketball tickets.

All 409 students on that list and 641 other students who bought all-sports tickets but didn't pick up the football portion of the tickets were placed in a lottery for 141 seats.

"My chances were 1 in 10, but my name wasn't drawn," Cheng said as he left Allen.

Competition for student basketball tickets had become so intense in recent years that KU officials reorganized the ticket distribution process.

A coupon system was designed to give KU an exact count of the number of students committed to attending each game.

The 6,300 lucky students have until Oct. 29 to pick up their coupon books. It contains seven coupons. Each can be redeemed for one, two or three individual game tickets.

Tickets not claimed by students by a deadline will be resold during the season to other students or the public.

"I think it's a good idea. Other people will be able to use the tickets when I'm out of town," said Mandee Schaaf, a Wichita freshman.

In the past, KU sometimes sold more student tickets than seats, causing overcrowding in the fieldhouse. State fire officials ordered that practice stopped.

Schaaf said more KU students should be able to attend home basketball games. The fieldhouse seats 15,600 for basketball.

"I realize basketball is popular, but I was upset that so many students might not be able to go to the games," Schaaf said.

Brey said he appreciated the efficiency of the new ticket system. If he doesn't want a ticket, he can leave it for someone who does.

"I don't like to hassle with reselling tickets," he said.

Under the new ticket plan, all revenue from the resale of student tickets will be forwarded to Student Senate.

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