Basketball admissions altered

The student ticket process for attending basketball games has changed this year.

With both basketball seasons right around the corner, students need to make sure they follow the correct steps to gain admittance to Hinkle Fieldhouse.

All students can still attend games, but if they are not members of Dawg Pound, they will need to register with their student ID numbers.

Lindsay Martin, manager of marketing and promotions, said the new process will allow the department to track who attends games.

Students can register in two ways.

The first is to email the athletics department and request to be registered. People will also be present at the first men’s basketball exhibition game this Saturday to register students as they come in.

A form is available on butlersports.com, Martin said, but it has not been working. She suggests one of the first two options to make sure students get registered.

There is no cost to register. Part of the student activity fee that students must pay goes to cover this cost.

The process has changed slightly for Dawg Pound members as well.

Members no longer have a card. Instead, they are registered through their student ID just like other students.

Students can still register to be a member of Dawg Pound and receive the organization’s benefits.

Martin said only Dawg Pound members can sit in the lower-level seats.

Additionally, members have access to bus trips, first chance at tickets for tournaments like the Crossroads Classic and the opportunity to win prizes at the end of the year.

Dawg Pound has approximately 1,000 members signed up already. No cut-off date to join has been announced.

Students can register for Dawg Pound by visiting Martin’s office in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Cost is $30 for freshmen and $20 for everyone else.

All students should enter Hinkle through gate two.

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