Penn State Sells Too Many Student Section Tickets, Is Forced to Take Them Back

By Connor Muldowney
Penn State
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The fall season has to be a favorite of anyone who’s a football fan. Actually, just anyone who lives in an area where the seasons actually change. The leaves are falling, cider mills are up and running and, of course, football is back. For Penn State Nittany Lions fans, football is the escape from the off-field issues that plagued the program in year’s past involving Jerry Sandusky.

Football is beloved in Happy Valley and tens of thousands of fans make it to Beaver Stadium to watch their favorite team play on Saturdays in the fall. Although they can’t make a bowl game for a couple of years, fans have still come out in huge numbers and have shown their support for the new head coach, Bill O’Brien, and the rest of the team.

So many fans, in fact, that Penn State has been forced to take some of the tickets that it sold to students back. Overselling the football game Saturday against the Michigan Wolverines might be an issue, but the fact that there will be disgruntled students who thought they were going to one of the biggest games of the season cannot be good for campus morale.

Good news for those students: Penn State is doing everything it can to fix the mistake.

The students get to choose from three packages to make up for the mistake of overselling the student section for the annual White Out game. First option: a 50 percent discount on a guaranteed student section ticket for 2014 or two tickets to the Homecoming game. Second: a $200 donation to THON — a student-run organization that raises money to fight pediatric cancer. Third: pre-game on-field access to a future 2013 home game.

Included with all of these options are an upper level seat in the south endzone for the game on Saturday, $10 in student cash and a White Out t-shirt.

Well, I’ll take all three, thank you. Major mistake from the Nittany Lions’ ticket offices.

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