Well, do ya, punk?
In case you haven’t heard, tonight is the first mens basketball Student Ticket lottery, where you stand just about the same chance of leaving happy as you do if you were one of the ten girls in the audience at a KSR podcast. Look, I appreciate what the lottery is (a semi-efficient way to distribute tickets to students,) but I also recognize it’s not a flawless system. As far as I see it, you only have to change one thing about the distribution, and everyone will be happy. Or at least I will. And frankly, that’s enough for me.
Allow students to camp out in a “first come, first serve” basis for the lower level student sections. Change every lottery to take place on Monday nights, and let the students start camping out on Friday’s. Distribute those tickets an hour before the lottery for the Erruption Zone and the upper arena tickets, to allow for any over flow to still get a chance at the remaining student tickets.
What will this accomplish? For starters, it will guarantee that the most passionate students have a way to get tickets to the games they want to see. The way things stand now, those willing to camp out for an entire weekend have the exact same chance at getting good seats as those types that wear pink ‘Kentucky’ shirts to games. I’m looking at you, Kappa Delta.
This will also put those same students in the anemic lower level. You’re probably asking yourself why the lower level, instead of the Erruption Zone, but just roll with me for a second. The people with Erruption Zone tickets already have a meritocracy in place. The earlier you get there, the better seats you get. It’s as simple as that. Meanwhile, put those that are willing to camp out in the mix with the “I-don’t-come-to-basketball-games-to-stand-up” crowd, and something’s gotta give. My guess is that the lower level’s intensity finds a way to pick it up.
Do I expect anyone from the ticket office to read this and impliment my new plan? Well, I mean, yeah. It’s friggin’ brilliant after all. But until Billy G flies, and they make this happen, I’ll still be lining up and rolling the dice with everyone else in memorial.