STILLWATER — Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder said he would welcome any Oklahoma fan purchasing a football season ticket, even if that means they only attend the Bedlam game.
Over the years, thousands of Sooner fans have helped fill Boone Pickens Stadium when Bedlam is played in Stillwater.
This year, Sooner fans must be OSU season ticket holders if they want to attend the Nov. 29 game. OSU officials announced on Tuesday they will not sell any individual tickets for the Bedlam game.
OU fans options' are to purchase a $419 season ticket, a four-person $980 Family Fun Zone season ticket package at $245 a person or a $294 season ticket in the Discount Zone.
And what is Holder's reaction that some seats could be empty for every OSU home game other than Bedlam?
"We'd love to have OU fans as season ticket holders here,” Holder said. "There are a lot of Cowboy fans who are season ticket holders in Norman. A lot of them buy that ticket so they have a good seat for Bedlam every other year.
"Some of our best supporters are season ticket holders at OU. Some of my best friends are. If (OSU) is out of town they go to the game in Norman. There's nothing wrong with that. We'd love to have more of that reciprocation from the University of Oklahoma.”
OSU is copying a plan used by Iowa State. Last year ISU officials required fans to buy season tickets to attend the Iowa game. Iowa State's season ticket sales increased nearly 20 percent from 30,000 to 36,000.
Since OSU expects a similar increase, is there a chance a similar plan could be implemented for the 2009 season opener against Georgia or the Texas game?
"I think we would strongly consider it,” Holder said. "We just want to sell more season tickets.”
Some OSU fans have expressed they would like season ticket holders be given the option of purchasing individual game OU tickets for friends and relatives when they buy their season tickets.