Even Steven: Will the SEC's Iron Bowl Ticket Sales Be Split Fifty-Fifty?

Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  A flag for the Auburn Tigers is flown during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Recently, there has been discussion about possible minor changes that could be made to one of college football's most intense rivalry games: The Iron Bowl.

One of the problems people see with the SEC's historic Iron Bowl game between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn University Tigers is that one team always has a "home-field advantage". Springing from another recent article I wrote, many fans on both sides of the spectrum agreed that there could be changes made so that both teams feel the game is a more neutral playing atmosphere.

A problem some fans observe when they attend an Iron Bowl game is that no matter if the game is played at Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium or Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, the fanbase seems very skewed in favor of one team. Some Auburn and Alabama fans came up with the idea of splitting ticket sales fifty-fifty between both teams' fan bases.

With this idea, there would be an even number of fans supporting both teams at an Iron Bowl game. Even though one team would be playing at the other's home field, the atmosphere would be neutral, filled with both Tide and Tigers fans equally. In this way, the emotions of a rivalry game would be heightened and the competition would be even more spectacular.

Ticket sales would be split evenly between different box offices that supply seats for the game. These would be sold at a first-come, first-serve basis to both fan bases. Although the trouble with this proposed idea is that it will be even more difficult to purchase seats at each Iron Bowl game since they are in very high demand.

This idea is actually one that could be considered again in the future. As of now, the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn will remain as it is, but it could be subject to change. There is one thing that will always remain the same, and that is the pride in the Iron Bowl.