STILLWATER — Dwayne Johnson found tickets on eBay. Jim Shipp’s brother-in-law, an OSU fan, gave him tickets.
But for most OU fans, tickets were hard to come by for Bedlam 2008.
OSU athletic director Mike Holder announced in January that fans would have to purchase a season ticket to attend the Nov. 29 Bedlam game. The policy has been a hot topic for 10 months. Some ask, how could OSU afford to have 15,000 empty seats?
"I agree with what he’s doing,” said OSU season ticket holder Phil Sumner. "We have to build our season ticket base. The OSU people who don’t agree with it don’t understand it.”
It’s no surprise most OU fans disagree, stating it’s foolish not to make an extra $1 to $2 million with a sellout.
"I read where there will be more than 13,000 empty seats for a nationally televised game,” said OU fan Paul Wilkening. "I understand the plan. But for this game it’s a little misguided.”
OSU officials feel the gamble paid off. The Cowboys set a new record for season ticket sales (close to 40,000). The Cowboys also set an attendance record, averaging nearly 48,000 a game. Factoring out the extra game price, OSU made an additional $1.7 million in ticket sales.
More than 100 season tickets were sold last week, including one person who spent $3,276 for four $419 tickets, each requiring a $400 donation.