Football Student Guest Tickets Sell Out in Three Hours

Go C-USA! Students line  up for tickets to Saturday's football game against Texas Tech.
Students line up for tickets to Saturday's football game against Texas Tech.

Sept. 21, 2009

HOUSTON - And then there were none.

It certainly didn't take long for University of Houston students to use their allotment of student guest tickets for this weekend's showdown against Texas Tech on Monday morning. As Athletics Department personnel began arriving to work around 6:30 a.m., Monday, hundreds of students were lined up outside the Athletics/Alumni Center to purchase student-guest tickets.

Although plans did not call for them to begin selling until 8 a.m., officials with the Athletics Ticket Office had the doors to the Center opened and began selling tickets at 7:15 a.m. Just more than three hours after the selling began, all 1,500 student guest tickets were gone. By 10:35 a.m., Monday, Athletics Ticket Office administrators reported that all student guest tickets were sold out.

The Cougars, who are ranked No. 17 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 23 in the most recent USA Today Coaches poll, play host to Texas Tech at 8:15 p.m., Saturday on John O'Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium.

Although 5,500 student tickets remain for distribution at Gate 10 on Saturday, administrators with the Athletics Department created a plan to accommodate those students who may not be able to get into Robertson Stadium to enjoy the game.

Students can take part in the atmosphere by watching the game on a giant mobile television live on ESPN2. The television will be set up in the southwest corner of the stadium grounds by the campus police station near the intersection of Scott Street and Wheeler Avenue.

The 9x16 mobile LED screen was generously donated by Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture and provided by GoVision of Keller, Texas.

Students are not allowed onto the stadium grounds until 8 a.m., Saturday, when they may begin lining up for entry at Gate 10.

Stadium policies remain in effect in this area, requiring tailgates to be closed during the game with no alcohol allowed in the viewing area.



Fans can hear the game live on 790 AM The Sports Animal with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action, Ted Pardee providing analysis and Chuck Brown reporting from the sidelines. The pregame show is slated to begin at 7:15 p.m., Saturday.

Fans can hear the game live on by clicking the "Multimedia" tab and following the appropriate links.

In addition, fans can watch the game live on ESPN2 with Mike Patrick calling the play-by-play, Craig James serving as the analyst and Heather Cox on the sidelines.

The Cougars' remaining four home games will be part of a Conference USA Four-Pack that fans can now purchase. The Four-Pack includes games against C-USA rivals SMU (Oct. 24), Southern Miss (Oct. 31), Memphis (Nov. 21) and Rice (Nov. 28).

Four-Pack ticket locations will be renewable as a season ticket for the 2010 season.

To order Four-Packs, fan can visit the Athletics Ticket Office (located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center, 3100 Cullen Blvd.), or call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) Monday through Friday, during regular business hours.

Fans always can purchase tickets to UH events by visiting and clicking the Tickets link.

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