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Indiana’s already sold 15,500 student season tickets, for 7,800 spots

Jul 31, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

Indiana Hoosiers head coach Crean watches in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game against the Syracuse Orange in Washington Reuters

You’d think with the resurgence that the Indiana program has undergone with Tom Crean as head coach, now would be a good time for basketball fans to be a student at IU.

And it is, as long as you don’t have your heart set on attending every Hoosier home game.

The student section capacity at Assembly Hall is 7,800. According to Inside The Hall, there have already been 15,500 student season tickets sold, which means that, at best, each student that has purchased a season ticket will be able to attend eight of Indiana’s 16 home games.

It gets worse.

100 more season tickets, and that number drops even farther. From the Indiana Daily Student:

Should sales top 15,600 — [assistant athletic director for ticket operations Michael] Roberts said IU has no plans to shut down student season ticket sales this year as it did last year when it capped sales at 12,400 so students would get tickets to 10 games — students might have even fewer games in their ticket package.

“Should the sales surpass 15,600, some students by lottery may receive fewer games in order to accommodate the additional sales unless the department should determine at some point to cut off sales once it has surpassed 15,600,” Roberts said.

With a marquee non-conference home game unlikely next season, I’d hate to be the guy that got stuck with tickets to the Evansville, North Florida, Oakland, Kennesaw State, Nebraska and Penn State games.

  1. barkleyblows - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    One of theee most hated school, fan base, and coach in college sports today. It’s only a matter of time before that nutcase Tom Cheat brings this program down. The clock is ticking……

    • ndbcs2013 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:09 PM


    • sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:16 AM

      Hey Blows…

      Please read up on what Kelvin Sampson did to IU and then compare that to what Crean did while resurrecting the program.

      Not many coaches want to take that many losses on their career coaching record, what is needed to turn around the mess that Sampson left IU in.

      Crean began his first yr at IU with two walk ons who had scored a combined 36 points in their careers.

      He/they lost 25, 21 and 20 games his first three seasons before they began winning and winning they did as their 15 win improvement from the 10/11 season to the 11/12 season was the largest in the country that year.

      Oh yeah, he did very well while at Marquette too.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      “One of theee most hated school, fan base, and coach in college sports today.”

      There are three possibilities…
      1) You are a troll
      2) You are a complete moron
      3) You are a Boilermaker fan

      Either way…it’s not good for you.

      Three words…
      Kelvin Motherphuqing Sampson

  2. packhawk04 - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Wow, thats really stupid.

  3. sassycal - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Same thing happened in the mid 70s, when IU basketball was very strong. We each ended up with one really good seat, 2 okay seats and 2 incredibly lousy seats. Still had fun though!

  4. bshood23 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    The clock is ticking for a championship db. He has recruited so well and the guys who are leaving are leaving with a degree or leaving early with an early degree. Not to mention getting drafted number 2 and 4. Amazing (freaking amazing !) turnaround from his first year.

    I’d hardly call him a cheat.

  5. sportsfan18 - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Going to a lottery because season ticket holders couldn’t even go to half of the home games doesn’t seem right.

    I’m a Hoosier alum. I went there from 85 to 89. Our first few yrs our season tickets got us every home game and they weren’t bad mind you as IU won the National Championship in 81.

    Then, midway during our time there, our season ticket only entitled us to half of the home games. It was a shock and you couldn’t give back your tickets for a new set if you didn’t get say the IU Purdue game, or the Michigan game etc…

    I didn’t care about the non-conference slate, only the Big Ten slate.

    IU didn’t lose at home in the 86/87 season and they went on to win the National Championship in 87 over Syracuse.

    I understand only getting half of the home games, but to get even less really stretches the definition of “season” tickets…

    I hope they are smart enough to realize this and cap the sales to twice the seats they have available.

  6. mogogo1 - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Wish the article had more details. What do they charge students? If somebody signs up early thinking they’re going to all the games then decides it’s no longer a good deal when it becomes half or less can they get a refund? This sounds like a deal that you could only pull on college kids.

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