INDIANAPOLIS—Excitement turns to anger on the Butler University campus, as many students are shut out of the Bulldogs Final Four game this Saturday.
Monday afternoon, hundreds if not thousands of butler students huddled around their computers for a chance at tickets to the big dance. More than 650 tickets were supposed to go on sale at 12:00 noon for just $25, but some student groups on campus were granted special access first, leaving out many so-called "regular" students on campus.
University officials said 178 tickets issued Monday will now be taken back. An official statement was released to the media Tuesday morning:
"The Butler University Athletic Department would like to explain today's NCAA Final Four student ticket process. With 660 tickets made available by the NCAA to our student population of more than 4,000, it was not possible to accommodate all students. The NCAA informed Butler of the method of student ticketing, which allowed for the individual purchase of one ticket per student as long as supply remained.
Staff members from the Band, Cheer, Student Affairs and Athletics departments met last Friday to discuss tickets; student ticketing was part of the discussion.
At noon, the Athletic Department sent an email to a group of "priority students" to purchase Final Four tickets through the NCAA's online system. These students included: band members and cheerleaders not performing at the game; dance team members who are performing at the game; Dawg Pound members with point levels of 40 and above; and athletics interns.
These students were told "DO NOT SHARE THIS LINK. You may forfeit your right to tickets by sharing with others not on this email." Unfortunately, some students did violate this policy and they will lose their ticket privileges.
It was anticipated that approximately 400 tickets would be available to all remaining students on a first-come first-served basis. At 12:27 p.m., an email was sent to this group of students through the Butler Student Announcement listserv. After the fact, Information Resources confirmed that due to the high volume of emails being sent through the server, this process took approximately 30 minutes to complete. Consequently, some students did not receive this email until after all tickets were sold.
As soon as we complete the examination of this incident, the reclaimed tickets will be made available to all remaining eligible students. Notification of the process for distribution will be made via email."