North Carolina State University has introduced new student ticketing policies for football and basketball that eliminate group sales and implement stricter penalties for game day no-shows.
According to the Technician student newspaper, students begin the year with loyalty points based to their standing as an upperclassman or underclassman. Seniors and graduate students start with nine points, followed by juniors (seven), sophomores (five) and freshmen (three). Students will be able to earn one loyalty point by signing up for events and attending games throughout the season. Students will also be awarded one additional loyalty point for showing up 45 minutes before a game begins.
A policy that allowed students to benefit from loyalty points accumulated within campus organizations has been suspended, leaving students to fend for themselves on their own class standing and event attendance merits.
The no-show policy also has been revamped for the coming academic year. In the past, students were deducted one loyalty point for showing up to a game after halftime. Under the new policy, a student missing more than two games during the football season or more than three during the basketball season will forfeit his or her access to future games that season. Students with five football no-shows during their N.C. State career, or eight career basketball no-shows, will be permanently banned from attending games in those sports.
N.C. State has a accommodate student ticket demand. The policy changes in Raleigh come as N.C. State opens up more student seating in both its football and basketball venues. Students will be allotted 10,000 tickets to football games, or roughly a sixth of Carter-Finley Stadium's capacity. Nearly a quarter of the 19,700-seat RBC Center will accommodate students in 2011-12.