Florida State University recently changed its sporting event ticket policy. In the past, students were required to purchase their tickets online and print them out, bringing the physical copies to games. Since this would often be inconvenient for all parties involved, especially when the tickets were lost, the university decided to completely change the process, according to a report by FSU News.
The new policy will still digitally send purchased tickets to student ID cards, making the procedure more efficient and convenient for both students and game-day officials. Now individuals will be required to bring their FSU ID card to games, where the accessory will be swiped as if it were a ticket, the news source said. Only student ID badges will suffice, no other form of ID will be accepted.
"[We] wanted to make the process as easy as possible," Ben Zierden, assistant athletics director of ticket sales and operations at FSU said, according to FSU News. "By having the ticket delivered directly to the students' FSU ID it makes it easier for students to simply show up at the game and have their card swiped for entry rather than picking up or printing out a physical ticket."
This is especially important for management, as the school boasts its Doak Campbell Stadium can seat more than 83,000 people for football games.
The new ticketing process has been in development for several years and takes multiple elements into account when determining which students are able to get tickets. This is primarily done through a newly established loyalty program, which factors in seniority, credit standing and overall attendance to FSU sporting events other than football, FSU News said. The results will prioritize which individuals are granted better seating to more popular games during the season.
"This is a process that is definitely easier for the student," Zierden said, according to the news provider. "It requires a little more work for our office on the operational side of things but that is why we are here."
The new ID card program will go into effect during FSU's opener against Murray State on September 1 and is aimed to reward hard-working and active students with the best seats during football games.