The Department of Athletics has adopted a new system to allow students’ access to ACU athletic and sporting events. The new policy goes into effect for the very first games.
“Your student ID’s will no longer get you into student athletic events,” said John Houser, assistant director of athletics for operations. “Now, you must go onto acusports.com, click on “ticketing”, then click the ACU student link in the bottom left hand corner of the page, and once you’ve clicked on that, just follow the instructions.”
The new system now gives students two ways of acquiring their tickets.
“From the website, you can look at the schedule, select the games you want to attend and then print the ticket off from your home or dorm,” Houser said. “The other option that we have created is that you can get the QR code from the website onto your Iphone, smart phone or device and bring it to the games where the workers can scan the code and then let you into the game.”
The change to the ticketing system will hopefully get students more involved and increase student turnout.
“Grand Valley State has made the change as well,” Houser said. “They have twenty to twenty five thousand students and they said that it creates a huge increase in student attendance. This new system makes the students go online, see what’s going on and look at the athletic calendar, and make them get their ticket which in response will make them want to actually show up to the games.”
The new policy not only affects students, but also teachers and faculty.
“Faculty, staff and retirees all get a free sports pass to go to as many games as they want for free,” Houser said. “The only change is now we’re starting to charge dependence; spouses and kids over eighteen are charged sixty dollars each and kids under eighteen or spouses over sixty five are given a buy one get one free deal for forty dollars.”
Houser and the rest of the ticketing department are very optimistic about the new policy and believe that it is definitely a step in the right direction.
“It’s going to take a little time to get up and running with it, but once we get going, I think it’ll be a very simple and smooth process,” Houser said.