STILLWATER — One fan woke up at 5 am and waited three hours for a ticket to Saturday’s game. Another has been a season-ticket holder for the past six years, but won’t buy a seat for the opener.
As the Oklahoma State football team is less than a week away from its showdown with No. 1 Florida State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, it seems some Cowboy faithful might be split on whether the game is worth the price in person or if it’s must-see TV.
Luke Alaback, an OSU junior from Tulsa, was the first to purchase a student ticket for the game when they went on sale Aug. 18. Alaback and about 20 of his friends will drive to Arlington for the weekend and possibly attend ESPN’s College GameDay in Fort Worth, he said.
Matt Claxton, 33, lives in Norman but hasn’t missed a home game at Boone Pickens Stadium in 6 years.
When he found out the Cowboys had scheduled the Seminoles for a one-hit neutral site game, he was disappointed that for a second-straight year OSU was losing out on something he cherishes.
Claxton will still be at every home game this season in Stillwater. He just wishes there were one more in 2014.
“That kind of game in Stillwater would be huge for the community,” Claxton said. “It would bring lots of money in … we’re technically losing a home game because of it.”
There are the other variables that make staying home a better option, too, Claxton said.
Ticket prices weren’t all that bad, considering Claxton and his wife would be the only cost. But factor in transportation, hotel and food – and what could have been an average priced weekend in Stillwater for a home opener becomes much more expensive.
Among other possible concerns is quality of game, as the Seminoles are heavily favored.
But that’s not something Alaback is worried about.
“I don’t see it as that big of a problem,” Alaback said. “I think it’s going to be a good game, regardless … (the Seminoles) are a pretty solid team, so it would have to be a really crazy win for OSU.”