Coach Chizik indirectly addresses the complaints about the student ticket lottery for the SEC Championship Game in this letter to the students. As with any ticket lottery, there were thousands of students, seniors who have never missed a game, who didn’t win and didn’t get the chance to buy a student ticket. To that I say: get over it. I had to in 2004. You’ll live.
Besides, there are thousand of other tickets out there that you can buy, but if you still feel like complaining, you might want to talk to the SEC, who only gave Auburn 1,500 student tickets. (I don’t know why I’m being so mean right now.)
Your support this year has been phenomenal, and I wish every single one of you could be there in the Georgia Dome on Saturday to help pull us through against a really good South Carolina team.
I am pleased to announce that you are invited to join your fellow students at Auburn Arena to watch the CBS broadcast of the Championship Game on the HD videoboard at center court.
There will be no admission charge, and full concessions will be on sale throughout the game. While I know many of you would rather be there with us in Atlanta, gathering at Auburn Arena will be a great way to show your support and enjoy the game.
The broadcast starts at 3 p.m. C.T. on Saturday, but I would like to encourage you to come out early and support Coach Nell Fortner and the women’s basketball team, which tips off against Temple at 1 p.m. at the arena. The Championship Game against South Carolina will be shown in its entirety following the basketball game.
Thanks again for going “All In” all season long for Auburn. You are the best student section in the country, and your support means more to our players than you will ever know.
God Bless and War Eagle!
Coach Gene Chizik
Thanks to @AlexSchriver.
Is the Auburn Arena open to alumni too?
I guess we ruined it back in ’97. I camped out for and got my ticket, but it got a bit unruly. Still, that was much more of a fond memory than not finding my name on the lottery list in 2000.
I was there in ’97 as well, camped out all night, insane atmosphere. The weirdest thing about it was that later on that afternoon a friend of mine decided that he wanted a ticket and he just walked up and bought one, no lines or anything.