Purdue Literally Giving Away Student Tickets to Western Michigan Game

August 27, 2014 at 1:01p    by DJ Byrnes    
31 Comments

Comments

AndyVance's picture

According to ESPN, Nebraska still has tickets available for five games, despite having sold out an NCAA-record 333 consecutive contests... Apparently winning really does matter these days.

+3 HS
vitaminB's picture

Still classier than offering a Groupon.

+8 HS
droessl's picture

Side effects of PURDUE FEVER include: perpetual losing, attendance woes, fear of being in public, and a general apathy towards football. If a Purdue football game holds your interest past halftime, consult your physician immediately. 

+5 HS
Fatpants's picture

Props to them for realizing their product isn't worth charging to see.

+2 HS
d1145fresh's picture

I know they are different levels of play (Conference wise not actual team) but when I went to Ohio University the games (football and basketball) were always free to students. I know it can't be that way at an Ohio State but it should be. The NCAA says they are in it for the school and the students well then actually do something for the students and let them watch the games for free.

Oh and have the playoff semi-final games at home stadiums since its for the kids and not the money.

/rant

+3 HS
BuckeyeinToledo's picture

As an alum of Toledo, we were let in free as well. It's sad that Purdue has now stooped to the level of a MAC school...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

+1 HS
RunningFree's picture

Well, considering that's where their level of play has been for the past decade...

DefendYoungstown's picture

Even during the conduction of Tressel's domination train at YSU students were never let in for free from what I recall.

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

bukyze's picture

Heck, even if they only charged a dollar, they could end up giving the proceeds to a charity.  Maybe telling the students their ticket money would be going to a charity would help.  In all honesty, I don't know if students would give a crap anyway.

Furious George 27's picture

I believe Purdue Athletics can be viewed as a charity

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

+6 HS
c92996p's picture

^this legit made me spit up my water.  Props

MassiveAttack's picture

What if every seat is filled, would they still call it a Sell-Out?

+2 HS
HilltopHustle's picture

Don't some schools still do free student tickets? I believe so. We're just used to our students paying for theirs.

toad1204's picture

A lot do.... They normally aren't in the big though.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Poe McKnoe's picture

I believe the University of Toledo only requires some resemblence to a student ID.  

+1 HS
beamga's picture

I'm a student at Miami down in Oxford and we just have to show our student ID to get in for free to any athletic event.  I would imagine it's a similar situation at a lot of MAC schools.

HandsOfSweed's picture

Throw Kent State into that mix. At least they did when I graduated in 2000.

BoFuquel's picture

Just shows to go ya, the condition of The Other Th'Hurteen. It's downhill from now on. GO BUCKS! and quickly.

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Joebobb's picture

Don't hate because students get free tickets. With the cost of college, students should get free admission to the game with their Student ID. It is a shame that UM gouges their students with ever increasing ticket prices. OSU is trending this way too. Isn't it enough to charge $30,000 a year to attend the school? Plus that free ticket may engender a much higher level of support down the line from alums. In reality more schools should be doing this for their students.

InTressITrust's picture

How would you give free tickets to students at OSU and UM?  I know FSU gives free tickets to students but only a certain amount and it is a lottery.  As a recent student, I would rather pay face value with a much better chance to get season tickets than randomly being drawn for one for free.

EDIT: I am just curious if you have a great solution to free tickets to students.  I do agree with you about paying $30,000 a year you should be able to get them for free.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

+2 HS
Joebobb's picture

I do not have a problem with schools charging a token amount for tickets (say $10 a game per student) but yes, have a lottery, offer them first come first serve. Camp out in front of the ticket office like they do at Penn State. There are a number of ways to accomplish this. It will build loyalty, camaraderie and in the long run generate more money in donations from alumni than it does overcharging students for the tickets now. I am not old enough but I would wager that OSU had free student tickets in the 60's and 70's maybe even in the 80's for a bit. I could be wrong though

BuckminsterFullback's picture

I would wager that OSU had free student tickets in the 60's and 70's maybe even in the 80's for a bit. I could be wrong though

I don't know about the 60's and 70's, but you'd lose that wager in the 80's.

Hovenaut's picture

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

texbuck's picture

All of their students must be busy shooting "hip hop" videos.

+1 HS
THE's picture

Man, Purdoo is garbage.  These guys need to be relegated or traded with a school that is higher up than a distant 3rd in their own state. 

Drivin > Disco > Drivin.
To the people in the bathroom, how's it going in there?

HandsOfSweed's picture

No doubt. Especially when said state is....fuggin Indiana.

+1 HS
OSU_ALUM_05's picture
I love dusting off this gif for Purdue football threads ... delivers every time
+4 HS
RocknRollover's picture

Boiler down....Boiler down....Boiler down.... (chanting this over and over in my head as I watch this)

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

It's like WCW during the Monday Night Wars - they want asses in seats even if those asses didn't pay for tickets.
 

Class of 2010.

JC-28's picture

I know they are different levels of play (Conference wise not actual team) but when I went to Ohio University the games (football and basketball) were always free to students. I know it can't be that way at an Ohio State but it should be. The NCAA says they are in it for the school and the students well then actually do something for the students and let them watch the games for free.

Don't some schools still do free student tickets? I believe so. We're just used to our students paying for theirs.

Don't hate because students get free tickets. With the cost of college, students should get free admission to the game with their Student ID. It is a shame that UM gouges their students with ever increasing ticket prices. OSU is trending this way too. Isn't it enough to charge $30,000 a year to attend the school? Plus that free ticket may engender a much higher level of support down the line from alums. In reality more schools should be doing this for their students.

Not always the case but most of the smaller schools where students get into games for free they often times pay an athletics fee along with the other general student fees paid every semester.  Since they paid the fee, the students are then allowed to attend athletic events for free. Thats how a lot of the small schools fund their athletic departments.