Last year, ticket scalpers flooded the Bobcat Exchange Facebook group in the weeks before the Homecoming Concert.
“It was so strange and wild,” said junior Raasha Gutierrez, an junior art major, about the 2018 ticket scalping. “I remember all of a sudden the tickets were sold out. When I went to look on Bobcat Exchange for how much people were selling tickets, it was a mess. I remember seeing one post saying that the one ticket started at $60 and that it was going to the highest paying customer. It was crazy.”
This year, assistant dean of students Tom Miles and director of student involvement Jonathan Meyer don’t foresee such an overwhelming demand for tickets. SGA declined to comment.
Centennial’s occupancy increased this year, with 400 additional spaces for students. The Homecoming committee can now sell a total of 5,000 tickets.
So far, about 1,450 tickets have been sold. Meyer said he doubts that tickets will sell out as quickly this year.
“The fire marshal redid the occupancy with the floor,” Miles said. “Our emergency management people have been looking at the occupancy and working with the state fire people to see what the real occupancy of the facility should be based on today’s standards. We never want to create an environment where our students aren’t safe.”
Additionally, Miles recommends students take advantage of the first two weeks of ticket sales. This time period was designed specifically for students after seniors were unable to buy tickets to the Homecoming Concert a few years ago.
“We didn’t [set aside two weeks for students] one year, and we struggled with it because we had some of our seniors, and they couldn’t get tickets to their own senior year concert,” Miles said. “It broke our heart to tell seniors that they couldn’t get into the last concert.”
Some Homecoming lineups lead to a higher demand of tickets, like 2018’s T-Pain concert, which causes ticket scalping.
Unfortunately, the Homecoming Committee can do little to stop this behavior.
“I don’t know what we could do or what jurisdiction we’d have, now with Venmo and all the other person-to-person methods,” Meyer said.
However, the homecoming committee did extend ticket selling hours to accommodate cohort students. Ticket sales used to end at 4 p.m., but due to classes, many cohort students were unable to get to Magnolia in time because of their cohort obligations. The committee has extended sales until 5 p.m. to accommodate these students.
If students buy their tickets early, they shouldn’t have to resort to buying tickets from scalpers. In addition to the first two weeks of Homecoming sales, students still have another two weeks after that to purchase tickets for an increased price. Students can purchase two tickets for $10 the third week, and the fourth week, tickets are $25 and are on sale for the public.
“Don’t put yourself in a position where tickets sell out and you’re scrambling to try and get a ticket and you have to resort to buying one for $40,” Meyer said. “We always try to say that these two weeks are set aside for [students]. Take advantage of it, we want as many students going to the concert and getting tickets.”