Please note- fans buying MICH tix must also buy same number of EMU; fans purchasing NEB tix must also buy same number of Kent State tickets.— Penn State Athletics (@GoPSUsports1) July 23, 2013
Penn State Athletics announced new procedures for single-game ticket purchases for this year's Michigan and Nebraska games, saying that you must buy as many tickets for Eastern Michigan as you will for the Wolverines and as many Kent State tickets as you will purchase for the Cornhuskers. Full details can be found at GoPSUSports.com.
While many Nittany Lion fans aren't happy about the new purchasing procedure, it's not uncommon for teams to bundle ticket packages for the marquee games and the games against lesser opponents that don't sell as well, especially when attendance numbers start to dwindle like Penn State's has over the past five years. Most of the drop is due to the implementation of STEP as the process for buying season tickets and the fallout from displeasure with how the school handled the football program and Coach Paterno between November 2011 and the start of the 2012 season.
There are always two sides to every argument. This case is no different. On one hand, of course fans should be able to pick and choose which games they want to see if they're spending their hard-earned money. On the other hand, Penn State football is in the business of making money and has to recoup some of the losses it incurred when losing 5,000 fans a game on average from 2011 to 2012. Also, it gives credence to the fact that fans maybe aren't as passionate about the team as they claim to be. Instead of "You stood with us so we stand with you", that saying takes on the appearance of "You stood with us so we stand with you as long as you're playing someone halfway decent."
There's bound to be a wide range of opinions on the topic, so let us know what you think of the MICH-EMU and NEB-KSU ticket plans in the comments.
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