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As another Thursday comes and goes, we are once again met with student outrage to the opt-in ticket process UA has implemented as a result of Covid-19.

Students are eligible to opt-in to any sporting event the week of the event, and find out the following day whether or not their student ticket request was fulfilled. Unfortunately, the amount of tickets for all sporting events has drastically decreased.

The latest outcry is due to Alabama men’s basketball tickets. Coleman Coliseum can hold up to 15,316 people. This year, there are only 390 student tickets available per game. The breakdown for the available 390 tickets is as follows:

Grad students: 5%
Seniors: 45%
Juniors: 20%
Sophomores/Freshmen: 30%

The problem isn’t necessarily the amount of tickets up for grabs. The question students are proposing is, who are these tickets going to and how are they being selected. This year, the Student Government Association is in charge of dispersing the tickets at random. Unfortunately, there is no loyalty program, such as Tide Pride, that is normally used in order to help those that attend every home game get priority over those that do not attend Alabama sports.

Students that have actively attended games in the past, are being skipped over during this seasons opt-in. Although the team is on fire this year, that has not always been the case. A lot of students that have been Tide hoops fans for years are simply fed up and believe their support over the years hasn’t been rewarded- and rightfully so. Many seniors have expressed their frustrations on Twitter, as well as suggestions to better handle the problems they are experiencing. One user, @h2oliv, suggests increasing the amount of tickets distributed to seniors and decreasing the amount given to underclassmen.

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Another user suggests bringing back Tide Pride, but for ALL sporting events including those that are less popular such as women’s basketball and gymnastics. This method would provide a true measure of the student’s loyalty to Alabama athletics. Lastly, my favorite suggestion- every tweet about Alabama basketball equals an entry to a lottery system.

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The bottom line is that there is no possible way to please everyone. However, it is obvious that this system to randomly select dedicated (and some not so dedicated) students for opt-in tickets isn’t working. I’m hopeful the outcry will serve as a lesson learned and open discussion for the future if need be.
 

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Yep laziness at its finest. People coming out of school now simply go to google/twitter to get quick answers. No real investigative work where you actually do your job by rolling up your sleeves and go talk to people.

I even find myself falling into this trap.
 

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Its a student event...technically....
Give all tickets to students....
Let them make some money reselling...
Seniors get....half....
25/15/10 the rest....
That’s what they came to school for...being able to attend sporting events
Let boosters have WBB...Tand F..soccer...Softball...
Simple solution...( even if it’s factious)
 

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I get a rewards program based off of how many games you attend, but I also understand some students have to study, some have to work, and some may not have the money to attend sporting events multiple times a week. It's not very fair to give the same kids tickets every week. There are 35,000 people at Alabama. I get it, impossible to be fair, and people coming out of the woodworks now that we're playing well. So hire a department to go after Faculty and Staff that sell their tickets, quit giving to ticket brokers, and find those excessively selling their tickets for ten fold as students. Cost a little money to get that team together, but they have it and if they have money for social media teams they have enough for this.
 

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Gonna be interesting to see what TP is this year. How much they and tickets go up.
And they aren't telling us nuthin' yet.
But somewhere they are gonna make up the losses for 2020

and really 1 premium game at BD ... lsu ( tn. Ark. Ms are others).
Be a bad year to try n make up covid yr loss

hate to give mine up. But.....
 

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Yep, very close myself to saying the heck with it and letting some other sucker have my seats. Don't get me wrong, I love going to games and love taking my kids, but realizing it ain't worth the money. Very little loyalty anymore and even the old timers and long time boosters are fed up with them. I'd rather fork over $300 a ticket for one game a year, I think. Definitely got a decision to make. Most likely to hold on a couple more years, but definitely going to see what is in the cards once they get back to full capacity.
 

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I love going....and its a blast....take the Harley ride all over AL n MS...down to coast...to Silverstar...etc....Stay at campground for a lot of fall...
But...its 1490$ last year ( we got money back)....
..where is limit....? May just pick couple games and do a couple week vacation..
For sec games....there are plenty of tickets around stadium...AU n LSU are fewest....
Amazing how many people we know are going to give their tickets up.......
 

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