New ticket system is bad for students

By Rhyan Henson

The new way students buy tickets for basketball games is nearly pointless and will make going to the games overly complex.
Starting this year, students must go days, sometimes weeks, in advance to pick up their tickets for basketball games.
Students must bring their ID when they pick up their tickets days before the game and on game, day they must bring that ticket and an ID in order to enter the game.
If a student decides the day of the game that he or she would like to go to the basketball game, one should have that right.
It is still possible for students to get tickets when they arrive at game; given there are still tickets available for that game. However, if at the last minute a student decides to go to a big game, he or she should have the right to camp in front of Hinkle and wait for their coveted seat.
The school says it is changing the system to get a better grip on how many students are coming to the games. Administrators want to prevent long lines at the big games and to ensure less popular games are not so quiet and empty that one could hear a pin drop.
Students should not have to buy a ticket weeks in advance. Sometimes, they want to spontaneously go to a game no matter who the opponent is, or just to relax or take a study break.
If the school implemented this policy for the biggest home games of the season, such as those against Marquette and Georgetown, it would be fine. However, for smaller games during the week this new system overly complicates things.
The school should know games during the week will probably have fewer students and a smaller crowd due to peoples’ schedules. If this was a policy for the weekend games or big games during the week, that would be perfectly acceptable.
“I do not think it is necessary,”  sophomore Logan McBride, sophomore said. “I understand why they did it for big games, but for the first couple, there is not as much attention.”
One of the things that students appreciate about Butler is the accessibility to go to any game, any time, for free. While we still have the ability to attend any game free of charge, we do not have the same access because we have to plan weeks in advance.
While I am grateful that Butler does not force its students to pay for tickets to the game,  I appreciated the ability students previously had to easily access tickets to any athletic event, no matter when it started.