STILLWATER — Oklahoma State’s season ticket push might be getting an unexpected boost. From Georgia fans. Already at a record 41,000-plus, OSU’s season ticket sales could get a bump from Bulldogs fans in search of a bargain.
That’s right, a bargain, relatively speaking. While some Cowboys fans struggle to embrace their school’s current ticket policy and pricing, "qualifying” to be a regular fan at Georgia comes with a hefty price tag — home or away. Georgia sold out its allotment of 5,000 tickets for the Sept. 5 season opener at Boone Pickens Stadium. The asking price: $4,100. To be fair, that figure is broken down into two elements: a qualifying minimum lifetime donation of $4,000 to secure season tickets to Bulldogs games, plus the face value $100 ticket cost. And that’s the minimum requirement for a road game. "That’s the way it is at a lot of programs,” said OSU athletic director Mike Holder. "That’s not a negative comment, that’s just a reflection of the marketplace. "When you have a sold-out stadium and a waiting list and demand far exceeds supply, you can get a high price.” Holder would love to create just such an environment in Stillwater, where Georgia is the featured attraction to what amounts to a grand re-opening of the renovated and expanded Boone Pickens Stadium. In the second season of a bold ticket policy that requires season tickets for certain "premium” games — Georgia is such a game — Holder is witnessing gains. OSU’s previous record for season tickets sold was 39,976, set last season. This year’s number of nearly 42,000 comes from almost 33,000 sold to the public, plus another 8,600-plus bought by students. "We’d never broken 30,000 before, and we’re 10 percent over that and still climbing,” Holder said of tickets sold to the public. "Student ticket numbers are still coming in. If we get 10,000 students, we’ll be at 43,000-plus season tickets. "And I think that’s encouraging for our program.” Bulldogs fans could push the number higher. They have a history of going to extremes, even buying up opposing teams’ season tickets, all to follow their team. Demand for tickets, home and away, is so strong among Bulldogs fans that their ability to secure seats through the school is based on how much they’ve donated to the program over time. And the $4,000 requirement for OSU tickets is low, compared with this season’s trip to Tennessee ($21,950), or additional single-game tickets for the home game against LSU ($32,500). With Georgia’s allotment gone, there’s word that some fans are buying Cowboys season tickets.