Block O...where many students will never sit because of Ticketmaster.
As I previously reported, football tickets went on sale yesterday at 10:00 am on ticketmaster.com. To the dismay of football fans, Ticketmaster wasn’t exactly cooperative. Many students had planned to log on exactly at 10:00 to buy discounted tickets, particularly in the exclusive Block O student section, which has a very limited number of seats. However, they were met with complications. First, no one was able to select any tickets to buy. Then, the only tickets that were available were the upgraded ones, which cost around $300 instead of $150. Some students accidentally bought these, thinking that there were no others available. Finally the discounted tickets appeared on the site, but by the time many students had figured this out, all the Block O, Penn State, and USC tickets had been swept up.
Ticketmaster also released these tickets at an unreasonable time. Most students have classes during the morning and can’t be tied down to their computer at home “waiting in line” for tickets. Some students combated this obstacle by carrying their open laptops around campus. In previous years, tickets were released at midnight, and at midnight ALL the tickets were released. In addition to all the inconvenience Ticketmaster caused the students, a “convenience fee” was charged on top of the overpriced “discounted” tickets.
Students were furious. Unfortunately, Ticketmaster practically has a monopoly over the ticket industry. There is very little that anyone can do, other than let the world know their problems in their Facebook statuses.