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OSU fans will need season ticket for Georgia game

1/21/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Oklahoma State officials have announced that their Sept. 5 game against Georgia will be designated as a premium game.

Except for the 5,000 tickets made available to the visiting team, no single-game tickets will be available for the Bulldogs' first visit to Boone Pickens Stadium. It means the only other tickets for that game will be available through buying a complete season-ticket package.

The school used a similar plan last season that made the Oklahoma game one that required a season ticket, in most cases, to see. It resulted in a record season-ticket sales of 48,254 for the season, according to the Tulsa World.

But it also helped contribute to the fact that the Oklahoma game was not close to being a sellout, with a crowd of 49,031 attending the game between the then-No. 3 Sooners and the then-No. 12 Cowboys. The attendance was nearly 11,000 fans short of the reconfigured 60,000-seat capacity at the facility.

Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder defended the controversial policy.

"Our football program is heading in the right direction," Holder said in a statement. "We believe the decision to hold the ticket and donor seat pricing is the right choice. We set new records in season-ticket sales and attendance last season. Our goal is to eventually sell out the stadium with season tickets."

The Cowboys also will have nonconference home games against Houston, Rice and Grambling, and conference home games against Missouri, Colorado, Texas Tech and Texas.