BG-NIU tickets go quickly

Doyt L. Perry Stadium will host filled stands Saturday as the Falcons play host to Northern Illinois in the first nationally televised game in school history.

This week’s contest with NIU will mark the first time a game between two nationally ranked Mid-American Conference schools will be broadcast in the regular season. The game has also brought attention because College GameDay is coming to campus to air their pregame show, along with the game will also be played on ESPN 2.

The scene from Anderson Arena remained busy all day as people scrambled to purchase tickets for family members and friends.

Throughout the day, the long lines did not seem to slow down as the majority of individuals had to wait for over a half an hour for tickets.

Tickets were announced sold out as of 3 p.m. yesterday by BGSU Athletic Ticket Manager, Scot Bressler.

“We felt going into this weekend like we had a good chance of selling out because of people buying tickets in advance as well as the hype this campus has had from ESPN coming to campus,” Bressler said.

Sophomore Jared Welsh felt relieved he got tickets to the game for his friends that were coming here from Mansfield.

“I had to purchase tickets at two different points yesterday, and ended up having to wait well over forty-five minutes both times,” Welsh said.

Athletic Director Paul Krebs said student tickets would be limited for this weekend’s game due to the intrest.

“The laws of nature says not every student is going to be able to go to the game,” Krebs said. “We have allocated over 9,000 tickets to the students and we feel like we have taken the prudent measures.”

One concern for school officials is that ticket scalping will occur throughout the week and prior to game day. Scot Bressler said appropriate measures were being taken to combat this issue. “It is something that officers are going to be made aware of and they will be looking out for it,” Bressler added.

This game has the potential to be just the fourth sold out stadium in its history. The last time there was a sellout was on October 8, 1983, when 33,527 fans saw BGSU play Toledo.