LOGAN – After three years of using printed student tickets for assigned seating at Utah State football games, the athletic department has switched back to its first-come-first-serve general admission seating policy.
Unlike recent years, there were no hard-copy student tickets for football games prior to the 2014 season. Access was instead granted by the swipe of a USU ID at the gate. That meant long lines of students hours before the gates opened, each waiting for a chance at the best possible seats. If the game was against a highly-anticipated opponent like BYU, a late arrival meant there was no guarantee of a seat.
The 2014 policy change took into consideration the students who felt they were missing out on pregame tailgate activities due to the hours of waiting in line. It made hard-copy tickets with assigned seating available to be picked up on campus during the week leading up to the game.
According to the ticket office’s assistant ticket manager Katie Piula, students were still able to get into games without a printed ticket, but it was less convenient.
“Everyone who did show up at that last minute with their ID card would have to wait for those who had claimed a ticket to go in first,” she said, “because essentially those people had already claimed a seat in the stadium.”
Piula said the method of using printed tickets gave the ticket office staff a better idea of what to expect in terms of attendance, but said the pre-2014 system was favored by most students.
“As far as ease of access and being able to decide on that last whim if you want to go or not, it is easier to be able to swipe at the gate,” she said. “They seem to like to have that freedom a little bit more than the ticket-claiming system we’ve used in the past.”