Wolfpack Fans Are Seeing Red Over Ticket Distribution For Florida State Game
Posted October 23, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — For years, ACC basketball has been a tough ticket to get on Tobacco Road, but the hot start by N.C. State on the gridiron has Wolfpack fans howling for football tickets.
Reynolds Coliseum has seen its share of fierce competition over the years, but on Monday, the struggle was over tickets for Saturday's game against the Florida State Seminoles.
Carter-Finley Stadium holds 51,500 fans. With a student body of almost 28,000, students receive only 8,000 seats. Campus organizations, like fraternities and sororities, receive 4,500, which leaves 3,500 seats for unaffiliated students.
"I don't like it, I don't agree with it," says student Nathan Kirtley. "There are 3,500 left over for 'first come, first served' while the rest go to block seating. That's stupid."
While some students feel they have been tackled by block seating, ticket demand for the Florida State game has the school with its back to the wall.
"It's tough, and it's definitely going to be a tough job to work out how it's going to be done," says student Ryan Ratliff.
The ticket situation may just be a matter of the haves and the have nots.
"Everybody likes the policy if they got tickets, and if they didn't get tickets, they don't like the policy," says student Michael Norris.
Officials at N.C. State say that 92 organizations applied for block seats. Only 39 of those groups received the seats through a lottery.
Fans without tickets can watch the game for free on the Jumbotron at the ESA.