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Michigan Student Ticket Exchange Raises $55,000 for THON

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The Michigan student ticket exchange fiasco ended earlier than expected yesterday at around 4:15 p.m., with all 1,100 incentive packages claimed and accounted for. According to Penn State athletic communications director Jeff Nelson, approximately 25 percent — or 275 students — took the THON option, which generates $55,000 for the organization.

Approximately two-thirds took the half price season ticket option and the remaining nine percent selected the on-field pass to a Penn State game against either Illinois, Purdue, or Nebraska.

In case you haven’t been following along, a Ticketmaster glitch this summer caused Penn State to oversell student tickets to every home game this season for freshmen. While it has not been an issue so far this season — and according to Nelson, it will not be an issue for any of Penn State’s three home games after this weekend — Penn State believed that the student section would be overcrowded for Saturday’s Homecoming showdown against Michigan, which was announced as a sellout last week.

For this reason, Penn State Athletics offered students three ticket packages if they were willing to trade in their student section ticket on Saturday. All packages included a seat in the Upper South endzone for the game, $10 in LionCash, and this year’s White Out t-shirt.

The individual packages featured two tickets to next year’s Homecoming game/half off on guaranteed student section tickets next season, a $200 donation to THON in the student’s name, or on-field passes to any one of Penn State’s remaining home games.

All of the packages were claimed more than two days before the deadline of October 10 at midnight.

THON - The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon (THON), the most ubiquitous event on campus, has been in existence since 1973. THON currently benefits the Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Children’s Hospital and has raised over $100,000,000 since its inception. Read more