Increased demand leads IU to cap student ticket requests

  • 06/28/2012 5:39 pm in

Overwhelming demand for student tickets for the upcoming season has led to a cap on student ticket requests, the IU Athletic Department announced on Thursday afternoon. The details, in the form a release from IU, follow:

Bloomington, Indiana — Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that 9,400 students have already placed orders for men’s basketball season tickets and the athletic department is projecting that number to continue to increase throughout the summer.

“Following the team’s incredible performance this past season, I am thrilled to see student ticket demand returning to the same levels I experienced when I was a student at IU,” said Glass. “There is not a more exciting place to watch college basketball than Assembly Hall, and it is IU students that create our home court environment that is unmatched anywhere in the country.”

Projections for student tickets are expected to exceed 10,000 in the next few weeks. The department has announced that it will cap the number of tickets sold at 12,400 to allow students to receive tickets to a minimum 10 of the 16 games that occur during the academic calendar. IU has a long-standing tradition of overselling its student section and rationing the number of games each student receives.

“Indiana University has the largest student section in the country at a whopping 7,800,” added Glass.

Comparison student section sizes at other schools are: 5,152 at Purdue; 6,000 at North Carolina; 4,500 at Kentucky; 3,100 at Michigan State; 2,300 at Louisville and 1,200 at Duke.


“Indiana Basketball is an important part of the IU college experience and we want as many students as possible to have a chance to experience it live in Assembly Hall,” Glass noted.

“For the last several years, student tickets sales have continually increased, but have not exceeded the allotted space of 7,800 students per game. For the first time since the 2008 season, IU will be exceeding that allotment.”

“Our student fan base is the best in the country,” said IU Head Coach Tom Crean. “Our fans and former players have supported us from the moment we arrived and are a big reason why the program is where it is today.”

Student ticket holders do not receive tickets to games that occur during the semester break between December and January. However, IU Athletics has indicated that students in town during the break will be able to purchase tickets at the student rate once those tickets become available.

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  • marcusgresham

    There needs to be one of those “decibel meters” put in the Hall. Not only is it intimidating, it also gives the crowd something to shoot for in terms of volume.

  • IUoptometry

    Talked to the ticket office. We will be recieving a refund for the games we will not be getting. Guess I’ll use that $ to buy tickets to the games I dont get!!!

  • abpreston

    I think it is great to put the students first. Back in my day we got 1/2 season worth of tickets and it was a good mix of “the games” and the fillers. So hopefully they use the same random picking when putting the packets together. Plus after we got our tickets a bunch of us got together and had a ticket trading party. Love to hear things are getting back to the glory days when going to the game was a big student event!

  • DannerPerea

    Ah, the MD days…i went to the game against Vanderbilt at Assembly Hall in the first round of the NIT tournament and sat amongst the 5,000 fans (some were Vandy fans). Remember Bracey Wright calling it “the loser’s tournament” and we didn’t even get invited? This was the year after that, where we got an invite, had the visiting team in OUR house for the first round, and watched Bracey dribble out the shot clock and force a bad shot from beyond the arc on darn near every possession. THOSE days were pretty sucky as a fan.

  • DannerPerea

    Ah, the MD days…i went to the game against Vanderbilt at Assembly Hall in the first round of the NIT tournament and sat amongst the 5,000 fans (some were Vandy fans). Remember Bracey Wright calling it “the loser’s tournament” and we didn’t even get invited? This was the year after that, where we got an invite, had the visiting team in OUR house for the first round, and watched Bracey dribble out the shot clock and force a bad shot from beyond the arc on darn near every possession. THOSE days were pretty sucky as a fan.

  • DannerPerea

    oh, and we lost. DOUBLE sucky time to be a fan.

  • DannerPerea

    Excellent, we’ll be sure to have the police subpeona records from Disqus and track you down when there’s a mugging between McNutt and AH.

  • DannerPerea

    maybe instead of awarding tix to upperclassmen, there should be an IUBB trivia game and only those who get perfect scores get tickets. You equate going to games (i hope you stayed at all of them until the final buzzer) with being a fan. Over at Memorial Stadium, there are lots of you “fans” who spend the 2nd half at the tailgate parties. Some of us older fans would be THRILLED to see any game we get a chance to attend. Be grateful that a very talented team is taking the court these days and you have something to cheer about.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I don’t care where I sit, I just wanna be in the building against UNC on my birthday. I’ll just hope REALLY, REALLY hard…

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I don’t care where I sit, I just wanna be in the building against UNC on my birthday. I’ll just hope REALLY, REALLY hard…

  • TomEke

    I could not agree more with Hoosers__1. The new system fails to take into account any loyalty which students have or have not shown in the previous seasons to the IU basketball team. In other famous programs, i.e. the Chicago Cubs, people are forced to wait in long queues to be awarded season tickets for their loyalty. Though I don’t agree with an 100,000 people line like what the Cubs have, I would love to see upper classmen who purchased tickets throughout their time at the school be rewarded for continuous support of the program rather than bandwagon (post c-wat shot) support. I guess this will just be the newest flaw (previously the lack of GA, which still has not completely been fixed) to exist in the student season ticket packages.

  • KAPONYA13

    This is a good problem for the IU Athletic Department to have on their hands .This years team is going to blow the competition off the map so I am sure it will be difficult for anyone to attend a game ..The ones who do will be very fortunate and I doubt the team will disappoint .

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I was there that night too watching Patrick Ewing Jr running around without cause …..

  • Isn’t that how the non student season tickets are handled though? Based on points, years attended and of course donations

  • b_side

    I’m not sure how the points/years attended system works, but based on Johnny Cougar, I’m pretty sure it’s weighted heavily by donations.

  • b_side

    I’m not sure how the points/years attended system works, but based on Johnny Cougar, I’m pretty sure it’s weighted heavily by donations.

  • TheStillman

    Everyone who graduated in 2011 and experienced final year of Sampson and 3 first years of Crean while on campus have no sympathy for you whiners. Go to Nick’s or Kilroy’s or even Buffalouie’s if you’re under 21, cheer on your #1 Hoosiers and have fun! Trust me you do not want to go back to the dark days. I would trade 75% of games I went to AH in so that IU was top 10 while I was on campus.