Archive for Monday, February 5, 2007

Game ticketholders left out in the cold

February 5, 2007


More than 100 people with tickets to Saturday night's Kansas-Texas A&M; basketball game were not allowed into the game because there were no seats for them.

KU freshman George Ressler was among those left standing outside. He got in line about 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. game, but was never allowed inside, he said.

Ressler said someone from the athletic department told the crowd that the game had been oversold, and that no one else would be allowed in.

Refunds were to be processed at the box office Saturday night, Ressler said he was told.

Associate Athletic Director Jim Marchiony said the fans couldn't be let in because students and others in the general admission section were taking up more than their one seat per person. Marchiony said the athletic department took about 40 students and let them watch the game inside Hadl Auditorium, which adjoins Allen Fieldhouse.

Most of those affected were students; however, some fans with general admission tickets were also refused admittance.


Mike Blur 11 years, 4 months ago

Yet another reason why the KUAC's tax-exempt status needs to be revoked.

I can understand overselling parking lots - but, overselling a single basketball game is naked greed. Just how many tickets were sold? I would like to know.

Jayhawktriplegrad 11 years, 4 months ago

Lew, Marchiony and about 99 other overpaid assistant athletic directors could have watched the game from their offices next door and let these ticket purchasers in.

Danimal 11 years, 4 months ago

This is total BS. I went to the game and the crowd services people were acting totally crazy, my guess is at someone elses direction. We were with a camping group and ended up cramming about three more people in each row than there were seats for. Overselling a game is just reprehensible. A ticket should mean that you actually have a seat somewhere in the venue, not 3/4 of a seat or no seat at all.

doubledogleg 11 years, 4 months ago

they have been doing this for years. when I was a student you could never find a "seat" and often had to sit on the stairs in the aisle which is against fire code despite having paid for a ticket.

budwhysir 11 years, 4 months ago

This would have never happened if all the games where played at arrowhead. I am tired of reading about athletics at this university. They need to get it together. I hope no one drove on the turnpike to get there.

ASBESTOS 11 years, 4 months ago

OVerselling a game is also against FIRE CODE!!! Where the hell is the fire marshall??

KU athletics just got a big black eye. KSU does NOT treat their fans this way, and if they did there would be hell to pay!

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