Spartan championship game tickets gone quickly

Posted: 8:45 AM, Dec 01, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-01 08:45:34-05
Spartan championship game tickets gone quickly
Spartan championship game tickets gone quickly

Student tickets sold out at a record pace for Michigan State's third appearance in the Big 10 Championship game.

Minutes after the sale started, every student section ticket was gone. Some students say that was because the sale started earlier than it was supposed to.

"They were already sold out when I tried to get it," said Jimmy O'Brien. "I have no idea how I missed it."

The $40 student tickets were supposed to go on sale at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, after the Spartan's big win. By 9:18 all 2,500 tickets were sold out. O'Brien say that's because the sale started too early, with some of his friends snagging tickets up to 15 minutes before the scheduled time.

"A lot of my friends got tickets they logged on right at 9 p.m. or even before that and got tickets," he explained.

MSU's Executive Associate Athletic Director Paul Schager says some people were able to buy student section tickets online before they were supposed to go on on sale Saturday night. But he says that wasn't intentional, it's only because the site was being tested.

Students who were able to buy tickets won't be able to re-sell them since it's a championship game. MSU will give students a refund instead. But students won't be able to buy those tickets.

"The tickets that they refund, they're not reselling which is kind of annoying," said Benji Shapiro, who couldn't buy student tickets.

The game isn't sold out, but students will have to pay much more if they want to watch the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Available tickets start around $150, with club seats going for well over $3,000.

That cost isn't worth it to Shapiro, who says he's already making other plans.

"We have like a 72 inch plasma screen, so at least we'll have a good view," he said.

Students say at the end of the day, they're just cheering their Spartans on. They're hoping the team makes it all the way, then they'll spring for bowl tickets.

"The way we've been playing lately, I wouldn't be surprised if we were back there soon," O'Brien added.