UCF addressing student ticket ‘debacle’

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SEATS. WESH 2’S BOB HAZEN EXPLAINS HOW
THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT IS
WORKING ON A SOLUTION. BOB: LOTS OF STUDENTS WAITED
OUTSIDE THE STADIUM IN THE HEAT,
TO GET IN AND WATCH THE GAME ON
SATURDAY, ONLY TO BE TOLD THEY
COULD NOT GET IN. NOTE UCF IS LOOKING TO SEE IF
SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. NOAH SWOR TOLD ME IT WAS PRETTY
MISERABLE OUTSIDE SPECTRUM
STADIUM. INTENSE HEAT AND A HUGE CROWD OF
STUDENTS PLANNING TO GET INTO
UCF’S GAME AGAINST STANFORD.>>THERE WAS A SUPER LONG LINE,
AND KIND OF A NEW STRUCTURE AND
SET UP AS TO HOW THEY WERE
GETTING STUDENTS IN THE GAME
AND IT WAS PRETTY CHAOTIC AND
DISORGANIZED BOB: HE HAD RESERVED TICKETS AND
GOT A BARCODE LIKE THIS TO BRING
TO THE GATE. BUT YOU CAN SEE ON THE EMAIL
THAT DOESN’T GUARANTEE YOU GET
IN. SO MANY STUDENTS SHOWED UP, HE
AND MANY OTHERS COULDN’T GET IN. THERE ARE 12000 SEATS IN THE
STUDENT SECTION, AND SEVERAL
THOUSANDS MORE HAD REQUESTED
TICKETS. I ASKED UCF ATHLETICS DIRECTOR
DANNY WHITE WHAT CAN BE DONE TO
HELP.>>FOR THE SIZE OF OUR STUDENT
BODY, I DON’T THINK 12000 SEATS
IS ENOUGH. NEITHER IS 45000. WE’RE GOING TO NEED A BIGGER
STADIUM. BOB: BUT THAT’S NOT HAPPENING
SOON. FOR NOW, UCF OFFICIALS PLAN TO
LOOK AT SEVERAL OPTIONS AND WORK
WITH OTHER GROUPS ON CAMPUS TO
HAVE A PLAN FOR THE NEXT GAME IN
TWO WEEKS.>>WE CAN’T STOP THE STUDENTS
FROM COMING AS EARLY AS THEY
DID. THEY WANT TO GET THE BEST SEATS. IT’S GENERAL ADMISSION, SO THEY
LINE UP AT NOON FOR A 3:30 GAME
BUT WE’RE WORKING ON SOME THINGS
TO MAKE TH

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