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Seniors Bemoan New Penn State Football Student Ticket Sale System

Every Penn State senior who thought, “This is my fourth time buying football tickets. It’ll be NBD.” was in for a shock when they logged on to the Student Ticket Account Manager this morning.

Athletics rolled out a new system on Ticketmaster this year. The new system, which has students join a waiting room and queue beginning at 6:45 a.m., heightened what was already one of the most nerve-wracking mornings of the year. Today, senior tickets sold out in 28 minutes, making what was already a stressful sprint a stressful distance run with a Thomas 100 class’s worth of other students in front of you.

Instead of clicking refresh every second beginning at 6:58 a.m., students now are assigned a place in a queue and must wait for the students ahead of them to buy their tickets first.

What’s worse: You see how many people are in front of you in line.

Although you can safely assume each undergraduate class is assigned somewhere around 5,000 tickets in the 22,000-seat student section, there’s no such thing as comfort when it comes to buying football tickets — especially when you’re stuck in line for more than 20 minutes.

Whether it be user error of adopting a new process or technology failure, there were plenty of disgruntled seniors who will either need to pay top dollar for single-game tickets or bribe an underclassman with beer to test their luck later in the week — but then again: Has there ever been a year when that wasn’t the case?

Even without the dreaded queue, buying student tickets will forever be a flawed system. Plus, they’re too damn high!

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci is Onward State’s managing editor, a preferred walk-on honors student, and a senior majoring in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.


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