Football season opener to cost students $35 per ticket

Although students would not have to shell out $45 to $150 like other fans to watch their Horned Frog football team open at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, they will still have to pay $35 to watch their team.

Sean Conner, director of ticket operations, said student pricing for the season opener against Oregon State University would be $35. Athletic officials were waiting to determine the final information for exactly how students will purchase tickets.

“We are still trying to work we are going to distribute student tickets,” Conner said.

Students should expect to receive an e-mail with further information about the game sometime during the summer, he said. Tickets for non-students and alumni would range from $45 to $150.

Brett Anderson, a sophomore marketing major, said he plans on attending the season opener, no matter the cost. Anderson said he attended every home game during the 2009 season.

Although Anderson plans on attending the game, he said he is skeptical about the attendance of other students at the game. He said he hopes tickets are at a reasonable price so students can attend.

Anderson said he looked forward to the Horned Frog season opener. Playing in a big-time atmosphere, against a big name team and being televised on ESPN is not something TCU experiences often, he said.

“I think it is an exciting and a good opportunity for TCU to get some publicity,” Anderson said.

Mark Cohen, director of athletics media relations, said this past season was not the only contributor leading to the opening game at Cowboys Stadium. The success of the team over the past 10 years also played a major role.

“What we have done over the last decade has helped solidify us on the national level,” Cohen said.

The university football team has never played a game at the new Cowboys Stadium or the former Texas Stadium, he said.

“It’s a great opportunity to be playing on that type of stage,” Cohen said.

Playing a non-conference game against a great opponent on ESPN also was a unique opportunity, Cohen said. A game of this size was played between two teams that have established themselves on a national level, he said.

Oregon State will be a terrific opening game, Cohen said. Oregon State is expected to be ranked in the preseason rankings and was one game away from playing in last season’s Rose Bowl.

“I think our fans are excited to see us against a Pac-10 opponent,” Cohen said.

The game against Oregon State is going to be one of the marquee events in college football taking place Labor Day weekend, Cohen said.

“It is a credit to what coach Patterson, his staff and the players have done here to have the opportunity to play in this game,” he said.

By the numbers

$35 – amount students will pay to see TCU play Oregon State University

$45-$150 – price of tickets for non-students and alumni