Wolfpack Gameday is almost here. The Virginia Tech Hokies are coming to town to face NC State tomorrow at 3:30pm in Carter-Finley Stadium. The game will be carried on ABC Network regional coverage, and anticipation for this critical ACC matchup between the two teams is reaching a feverish pitch with Wolfpack fans.
If you are looking for a ticket to this Saturday’s crucial match-up between NC State and Virginia Tech, then good luck. Tickets are scarce and expensive. Not since the Ohio St. and Virginia Tech home games in 2004 and 2005 respectively have tickets on the secondary market been this difficult to find and this costly. Over on the ticket exchange thread on Packpride, there have been a few face value tickets available from generous Wolfpack fans, however there are numerous State fans scalping other State fans.
I was perusing the VT message boards earlier this morning (yes, I woke up to watch the Ryder Cup coverage that is now delayed because of torrential downpours) and I found the following comment:
Have your tickets in advance, before you get down there. In 2005 I went to the game without a ticket expecting to easily get one outside the gate before kickoff, which is what I always do and I didn’t see one for under $200. I sat in the 3rd row against Boise for $20, and generally never have to spend more than that for any away game. I’ve been to ACC championships and Orange Bowls for $5…….but NC State was completely different. I saw 100s of people that didn’t get in. That could have been due to it being a primetime game featuring 2 ranked teams to kickoff the season… Regardless I figured Id warn the people that like to wait and get their tickets at the game. Hopefully most of you already have your tickets.
Remember how excited NC State fans were about that game?
With the football program’s first 4-0 start since 2002 and its first appearance in the polls since 2003, NC State fans are chomping at the bit to start the tailgate right now(I can’t be the only one). Increasing the demand for tickets was Lee Fowler’s scheduling of Parents Weekend on what everyone knew would be the most sought after ticket of the season. Here we detailed some of the issues that have been caused by this snafu as students were allowed to purchase two additional tickets in the student section for their parents reducing the number tickets available to students. Fortunately, our new athletic director Debbie Yow took action immediately and had temporary bleachers installed that allowed another 1500 tickets to be given to students.
Have we mentioned how impressed we are by Debbie Yow so far? This is a great story.
So my younger brother (now a senior) failed to get tickets to the VT game despite going through the lottery and standing in the pouring rain for three hours.
Needless to say he was pretty upset as he has been to every home game since he was a freshman and didn’t want to miss such a huge game. He decided to email the athletic department about some of the problems he sees with the ticketing system (as a recent graduate I can attest to these problems). About an hour later he got an email back from Debbie Yow herself explaining that she agrees and is working to correct the ticketing problems starting next year.
At this point he was already impressed and responded with another email about how he was grateful she was listening to the student body. Another hour later he gets another email from Debbie telling him that she secured a ticket for him and that he should come by her office to pick it up.
I have to say Debbie has impressed me so far… stories like this lead me to believe we made the right hire.
Just thought I would share this, I really liked it.
Stories like this one have been repeated over and over and over by every NC State fan that has had any sort of interaction with AD Yow. Hopefully, she knows that the changes since she has arrived haven’t gone unnoticed and that her efforts and those of her staff are much appreciated.
Not only are the fans excited about Coach O’Brien and the Pack, but the recruits are taking notice as well. It has been rumored that close to 100 recruits could be making official or unofficial visits this weekend.
Steve Williams from Pack Pride said:
Pack Pride from recruiting analyst Steve Williams: “As many as 80 recruits in attendance with most of those being kids with offers or ones that are a strong candidate to earn one. Of those, many will be juniors. This just adds even more significance to a game that was already extremely important. Obviously the atmosphere Saturday…
This has been a good stretch for NC State. Excitement over a top 5 basketball recruiting class giving us realistic hopes for an NCAA tournament bid, a new chancellor, and new AD, and a surprising 4-0 start by the football team have made NC State sports fun again. Here’s to hoping the momentum continues with a program changing win against VT on Saturday.
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