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May 4, 2005

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COLUMBUS, Ohio: When Ohio State faculty and staff receive their football season ticket applications in the mail this week and next, they also will receive information on a new Department of Athletics policy designed to reduce ticket scalping and maximize ticket availability for faculty, staff and students.

Beginning this fall, faculty and staff who are eligible for football tickets will have the option of either purchasing tickets at a reduced rate because of their affiliation with the university, or of upgrading their tickets to the rate charged to the general public. The latter option has not been available for faculty/staff in the past. It was in place for students in 2004.

Those members of the faculty and staff who choose to purchase tickets at the discounted rate will be required to show an OSU photo ID in order to gain admission to Ohio State home games.

The cost of a discounted ticket for faculty and staff is $47 per game. The general public price is $58. Faculty and staff members have the option of purchasing either one or two tickets.

Discounted tickets will be printed on a special faculty/staff ticket stock that will earmark those tickets as requiring a current OSU photo ID for admittance. Both the Buck ID cards and the Medical Center ID cards are valid for entry and will allow two people to enter the game, providing they arrive at the same time.

Faculty/staff may upgrade their tickets either on a seasonal or an individual game basis. Individual game upgrades will be done at the Athletics Ticket Office at the Jerome Schottenstein Center, Monday through Friday the week of the game, but not on game day. Tickets that are upgraded will be printed on regular ticket stock.

“This is an effort to maintain the integrity of the discounted tickets sold to the faculty and staff,” said Richelle Simonson, associate director of athletics. “If a by-product of the policy change is a reduction in scalping, or the abuse of discounted tickets, we will consider that to be a bonus.”

Simonson said an “affiliate ID” will be created for those faculty and staff members who choose to purchase the discounted tickets. The latter will allow faculty and staff members to give their discounted tickets to a member of the immediate family. Additional information on the “affiliate ID” will be available in the summer once the ticket office has a breakdown of the numbers.

Simonson said it is important to note there will be no penalty for faculty and staff members who do elect to upgrade their tickets.