Oregon Football Campus Voice: Students Angered Over Ticket Debacle

k sContributor IOctober 28, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 08:  Oregon Ducks fans cheer on their team during the game against the Michigan Wolverines on September 8, 2007 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Ducks defeated the Wolverines 39-7. (Photo By Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

You would think that in the week following the Ducks' dismantling of their arch-nemesis, the Washington Huskies, there would be a lingering sentiment of celebratory madness hovering over the student population here in Eugene.

However, you couldn’t be further from the truth.

Just over 24 hours after the 43-19 stomping of the Fuskies, thousands upon thousands of University of Oregon students logged on to GoDucks.com in their quest to secure a ticket to the once in a lifetime matchup that loomed just six days away.

Then disaster struck.

As the number of students logging on increased, the site overloaded.

Many thousands of students were left without a free student ticket to the contest.

Those unfortunate souls, including yours truly, were booted off the web site or left scratching their heads as their computers attempted to load a web page that would never fully appear.

You can imagine the disappointment and utter disbelief that enraged a large portion of the student body here at the UO.

In the aftermath of the student ticket debacle, Facebook status after Facebook status told the story of frustration with the ticketing system, myself included, and a Facebook group spread throughout the site that captured the hearts of those betrayed by the system.

The group, Students Against U of O’s Current Ticketing System, has grown to nearly a thousand angry and inspired students that are planning to take action to change the system.

In the past few years, students have been through a couple of changes in the way tickets have been distributed.

For the first two years that I attended this fine university, students lined up very early every Monday morning—or camped outside the ticket office the night before—to wait hours upon hours to get their hands on an actual, physical ticket.

The line up/miss class method was incredibly popular among the die-hard Duck fans who would do anything to attend each and every football game. I feel like this system was built to cater to those who really cared to go to the games, and those who didn’t have the fortitude to work/miss their Monday morning class didn’t get to go.

Then, last season, the ticketing system was transferred online.

Students would log on to GoDucks.com at a specified time, according to their class standing, and obtain an electronic ticket.

The new, electronic system made the playing field level for all students and solved the problem of students skipping Monday morning classes.

And then this season’s updated electronic system was unveiled. Instead of students logging on at different times based upon grade level, all students log on at once, causing a meltdown of the ticketing system.

Instead of students discussing the rout of Washington and the mammoth matchup coming Saturday, they are arguing about how they were screwed by the system and how to change it.

One of my professors actually took time out of his lecture to ask how many people got “screwed out of tickets over the weekend.” In response, about two-thirds of the students in class raised their hand.

The ticketing system had been showing signs of technical problems throughout the season. I have heard rumblings since the first home game of people being kicked off the site and being unable to procure a ticket.

But because of the sheer magnitude of this weekend’s game, nearly every student attempted to gain admittance, thus causing difficulties.

In response to the huge number of students trying to buy regular tickets, the prices have been skyrocketing into the triple digits for one ticket.

I am extremely disappointed in the system and how the university has handled it. There has been no response as of yet from the university.

So, if you are asking yourself why Oregon students aren’t as happy as they should be after a weekend of victory and a rise in our BCS ranking, this is the reason.