Central Michigan University students will still get into all games free of charge this fall, but will need to reserve a ticket in advance for the September 8 game against Michigan State. With the addition of 2,000 seats to the current student section, 10,000 students will be admitted, creating the single largest group of ticket-holders in the stadium. Students will comprise one-third of a capacity crowd.
"We saw a growing demand and we are thrilled that we can accommodate our student body's interest with the additional seats. They are such an important part of our atmosphere. Based on the feedback we've heard we expect the tickets to go extremely fast," said Director of Athletics Dave Heeke.
The free tickets may be reserved at two events this fall, according to a committee of campus student leaders that finalized ticketing procedures last week. At either MAINstage, Sunday, Aug. 26, or the first football game, Thursday, Aug. 30, current CMU students may show a valid CMU ID to reserve a ticket. An e-mail confirmation will be sent showing that the ticket was loaded onto his/her ID card. That card must then be scanned at the Kelly/Shorts Stadium gate for entry into the game on Saturday, Sept. 8.
The preloaded ticket procedure will only be in place for the Michigan State game. Entry to all other games will be by scanning a valid student ID card at the gate.
The committee was comprised of:
Vince Cavataio, 2011-12 SGA President
Kelly Wright, 2011-12 SGA Executive Secretary
Alexandria Kennedy, Panhellenic Council
Courtney Hunter, Panhellenic Council
Mark Perez, MAC Scholar
Kyle Norman, 2011-12 RHA President
Anna Dvorak, CMU Student
Darryl Maxwell, CMU Student
"I would like to thank CMU Athletics for reaching out to our students for their input and involvement in this project. This is going to be a big weekend for CMU and the surrounding community and I am excited that there will be opportunities for our students to be a major part of the experience," said Damon Brown, Assistant Director of Student Life.
"I appreciate how students have been allowed to have an informed and diverse say in the planning of a fair and equitable ticket distribution. Students' voices have been heard," said 2012-13 SGA President Justin Gawronski.
"We wanted to come up with a fair system for all CMU students who will be enrolled next semester and we worked consciously as a group of students to do the right thing. It has all come together and I am very happy with everything," said CMU student and committee member Darryl Maxwell.