Student Angered at Lack of Hockey Tickets

Many students, after wak-ing up painfully early to pick up a hockey ticket before their first class, find students’ allot-ment of men’s hockey tickets sold out in the wee hours of the morning. “Hockey has been selling out for years,” said Jesse Bridges, who works at the ticket office. “Student spirit is build-ing and it’s an indication that students are getting more interested in the teams,” said Bridges. According to Bridg-es, the last 53 of the men’s hockey games have sold out. The ticket office has allot-ted 20 percent of its total tick-ets, or 758 tickets for its stu-dent population. These tickets are for four designated sec-tions in the Gutterson Arena. The ticket office gives the Student Government Asso-ciation a third of its tickets or about 250 of the 758 tickets for distribution on the main campus. Bridges added that he has noticed that students have figured out the ticket buying habits of the rest of the stu-dent body. The process has become a competition to get to the office earlier, in an ef-fort to beat the other students, who are also scrambling to get tickets early. Some schools, such as Cor-nell University, have insti-tuted a selection process for their hockey tickets in which groups are given a turn to get in line for season hockey tickets, with numbers being assigned to students by their class. The University of New Hampshire, a member of Hockey East and rival of UVM, has seen its student tickets go just as fast. UNH allots 2,000 out of its 6,501 seats for its students. “This week, standing room only tickets that were put on sale were gone in four min-utes,” said Robin Drown, who is in charge of UNH’s hockey tickets. “There have been lines go-ing out the door and all the way around the arena for tickets,” said Drown. “This year, the students are doing better than they have in the last seven years,” Drown said echoing her UVM coun-terpart Bridges. UVM has instituted a ticket policy that provides for first come first serve free tickets for its students. This policy was instituted by the Uni-versity three years ago, and Bridges feels that it has been a very successful program. “I like it, the free tickets, and I’m glad we have it,” said Jessica Papeika. However, some UVM stu-dent’s are frustrated by how quickly tickets are going this year and how hard they are to obtain on Monday. “I think it’s bullshit that at 4 p.m. on Mon-day, tickets are already sold out for a game on Saturday,” said EV Hamilton. “It’s annoyingly hard; they seem to sell out way too quick-ly. Every time I want to go, I’ve heard they’ve sold out,” said Billy Clark. Some UVM hockey fans are excited to see how quick-ly students are getting their tickets for the games and how many fans are showing up to the games. “I think it’s a great example of how important the team is to the University,” said Conor McArdle.