Hundreds lined up early Monday outside Boone Pickens Stadium to be the first to purchase student tickets for the Cowboys’ season opener against Florida State on Aug. 30.
Craig Bauman, OSU ticket manager, said his office had 550 lower-bowl tickets ($45) and 700 upper-deck tickets ($25) available for students when the sales office opened 8 a.m. Monday.
They were sold out by noon.
“We’re getting the (Dallas) Cowboys to get us more (upper-deck) tickets for us that will come tomorrow,” Bauman said. “So we’re selling them without giving the students the tickets right now. They’re going to come back tomorrow and pick them up.”
At last count, the office had sold upward of 1,500 student seats — a few hundred more than Bauman expected day one. There’s no set date when the office will stop selling student tickets for the opener, as Bauman said, “we’ll keep selling them as long as there is a demand for them.”
“At some point, probably in the near future, we’re going to have to stop selling them,” Bauman said. “We’ll work with the Cowboys on that. Because it’s not our event, at some point they’re going to want the tickets back so that they can have them for their purposes.”
Students who are still on the fence should act quickly to purchase FSU tickets this week, Bauman said, as availability and seat choices will be limited as the days pass.
To give some perspective on Bauman’s positive outlook on these early numbers, he said an average Boone Pickens Stadium student section is about 10,000 strong. Bauman expects as many as 2,000 students at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 30.
“The fact that maybe 20 percent of that is going to make the drive to Dallas, pay for the tickets, gas, hotel,” Bauman said. “All that means we’re very, very pleased with that number.”
FSU EXPECTED TO FILL O-LINE HOLES WITH JUCO TRANSFERS
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told The Orlando Sentinel newspaper Monday that two junior college transfers are expected to contribute immediately on the offensive line this season.
Juniors Chad Mavety and Kareem Are have received rave reviews with one week left of fall camp in Tallahassee.
“(Mavety) has got a chance to be a really good player,” Fisher told the Senitinel. “He and Kareem Are have been great additions, exactly what we needed.”