A Spartan win - and loss - in the same night? - Michigan Ticket Fairness

A Spartan win - and loss - in the same night?


The Michigan State Spartans torched the Penn State Nittany Lions this past weekend with a final score of 55-16. The win took their record to 11-1, but more importantly, it put them in them in the Big Ten Championship game against the undefeated and 4th ranked University of Iowa Hawkeyes. 

This championship game will not only crown the king of B1G football, but also has the potential to completely shake up College Football Playoff rankings if Michigan State were to defeat the unbeaten Hawkeyes.

The game promises to be a classic. And like most historic games, tickets will be hard to come by. Unfortunately for loyal MSU students, their dreams of heading to Indianapolis for the championship were over before they began. The tickets sold out… before they even went on sale.

Early on in the week, it was announced that student tickets for the game would go on sale Saturday at 9:00 p.m. – after the Penn State game. It was announced at Spartan Stadium on Saturday night that student tickets would be available for purchase at 9:00 p.m., and would be available until 10:00 a.m. the following day. There was even an email sent out to students at 8:42 that night. 

And so, hundreds of students were at their computer screens in anticipation, fingers hovering over their keyboards at 8:59, ready to purchase their tickets. The only problem? By the time 9:00 p.m. rolled around, ALL of the student tickets had been sold.

Somehow, a few "lucky" students were able to log into the system as early as 7:30 that night to purchase their tickets, leaving those students who abided by the rules out of luck. No explanations were offered, leaving a long list of unanswered questions, especially considering that this same thing happened with the 2013 Big Ten Championship and 2015 Final Four.

This is just another example of ticket companies, teams and venues misplacing their priorities. For those loyal students who barely had time to make it back to their computers by 9 p.m., they were “rewarded” with a slap in the face. But those, we’ll say “casual” MSU fans, were rewarded with a trip to Indy.

Don’t get us wrong, we think everyone should be able to go to the game. But in this instance, with so much on the line and demand through the roof, the Big Ten should have checked their system for bugs – you know, for the second time [see 2013 B1G Championship.]

For Michigan State students, it may have been an amazing weekend to watch their Spartans claim victory on the football field. But for those loyal students hoping to see them take home the Big Ten trophy in person, the excitement of Saturday’s victory was short-lived. 

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