Boise State students were finally able to get tickets Wednesday to Friday’s football opener against Washington, but most stood in line all night to do so.
The line outside of Albertsons Stadium officially started at midnight, though some students showed up at 11 p.m. At 6:30 a.m., the line ended at the athletic center.
By about 7 a.m. about 600 students were still in line and about 1,500 tickets were left. But, those students didn’t have guaranteed tickets since each person could get tickets for up to three student IDs (two plus their own), according to Leslie Webb, associated vice president for student affairs.
Issues Monday and Tuesday with the new Ticketmaster system forced the school to announce a new distribution plan.
Students still seeking tickets can purchase them at the Athletic Ticket Office only. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Full-time students receive one free ticket; part-time student tickets are $45 each.
No open flames, tents, alcohol or smoking are allowed outside of the ticket office. Credit cards or cash are accepted. The tickets that were distributed through the online system before it had issues will be honored. Those students must bring their student ID to to the ticket gate Friday. Student guest tickets, if available, will go on sale at 8 a.m. Thursday at the ticket office.
Late Tuesday night a mass of students arrived at the ticket office and officials had to coax the group into a line, Webb said.
Athletics and Student Affairs officials and volunteers served students pizza and pastries throughout the line and tried to make the experience as comfortable as possible, she said.
“When challenges happen, we all need to rally,” Webb said, who had been there overnight.
Though trashcans were placed every few yards along the line, trash was piled along the sidewalk — empty boxes of snack food, soda bottles and discarded blankets. Webb said she suspected it may have been because of the influx of students all at once and the fear of stepping out of line.
600 BSU students left in line and 1500 tickets left, but students can get tickets for up to 3 student IDs pic.twitter.com/po3LlGh4Z3— Erin Fenner (@erinfenner) September 2, 2015
Boise State wide receiver Chaz Anderson talked about the issue, of which the Bronco players were well aware.
“Our students on campus are awesome — they’re going nuts on Twitter and stuff about not being able to get tickets, so it’s kind of cool seeing them try to find a way and make a big deal out of it,” Anderson said.
Students took to social media, with some good-humored results.
The guy that decided to change the system for Boise State Football tickets rn..... pic.twitter.com/xzf33etoTj— Brigid Rypien (@brigidryp) August 31, 2015
If Boise State is gonna do this to us with tickets least they could do is sell alcohol in the stadium— PLATYPUS JONES (@malachiburt) September 1, 2015