Pitt AD Exaggerates Number Of Unsold Penn State Ticket Allotment
Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes would like you to believe that Penn Staters aren’t going to show up in full force at tomorrow’s game. He Tweeted earlier today that Penn State had returned some of their ticket allotment back to Pitt ahead of the game and that those tickets would now be sold to Pitt supporters.
Visiting team returned tickets for tomorrow. Will be making them available for Panther Nation. Stay tuned. #H2P
— Scott Barnes (@PittADBarnes) September 9, 2016
The implication of Barnes’ message is patently dishonest. Jeff Garner, Penn State’s Associate Athletic Director for Ticketing, confirmed that, yes, Penn State returned a grand total of 50 tickets to Pitt. However, the returned tickets were from unsold student tickets (approximately a dozen) and player family and friends tickets that were not used, which happens for virtually every game (each player on the roster gets a certain number of tickets for free for family and friends, but they are never 100% used).
We returned approximately 50 tickets, which were designated for special groups and standard holds for away games. #WhiteOutHeinz
— Jeff Garner (@JeffGarner23) September 9, 2016
Barnes’ Tweet made it seem as though the apparent influx of Penn State support wouldn’t be nearly as strong, when in reality the number of tickets returned is minimal, and in any case, not indicative of anything.
Just another day at work in Oakland. Penn State and Pitt kick off at noon tomorrow on ESPN.