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Big Ten honcho Delany secures extra tickets for Michigan State fans to Rose Bowl

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Michigan State fans were stunned and saddened to learn last week that there would be no public sale of tickets to the 2014 Rose Bowl between the Spartans and Stanford Cardinals after a mad rush left little to nothing available. Even MSU donors found themselves locked out of the chance to buy tickets, something that was a main reason many of the donors decided to donate in the first place.

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On Monday, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis announced that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was able to secure another wave of tickets for those Michigan State donors who were unable to buy tickets after the initial go around.

“Big thanks to Jim Delany,” Hollis told reporters while working at Jenison Field House in East Lansing on the ticket situation. “Today’s the first day I’m starting to actually enjoy being in the Rose Bowl.”

The uproar from fans and especially donors was at a fever pitch once donors received notifications that their bid for tickets on change to buy seats had disappeared. Even those at the higher levels of annual donorship, in the level of thousands of dollars a year, were given the bad news that tickets would be unavailable.

The new allotment not means that those MSU fans who gave between $2,000 and $4,900 annually will be allowed to purchase four tickets, instead of just two, as was originally-stated after sales went berserk. Also announced was that all season-ticket holders who requested tickets would now be guaranteed at least two for the upcoming bowl.

It has been 26 years since the Spartans have earned a spot in the Rose Bowl and the anticipation clearly drove Green and White fans to unassumed ends in securing means to travel to Pasadena, California.

Last week, Forbes magazine predicted that this year's ticket prices for the upcoming Rose Bowl could come with the most expensive price tag in the bowl's history. The average ticket price last week was over $1,000 on secondary ticket-selling websites, while previous years had an average of only $400 at this point in time, respectively.

You can follow MSU writer, Michael Ferro, at twitter.com/MichaelFerro.

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