Students showing well-earned loyalty

Students have appeared in record-breaking crowds of blue and white to snatch up season tickets for UK football.

With last year’s Cats scoring such major wins as the Music City Bowl, students are energized to see their team do well again. As of last week, students had purchased more than 4,800 season tickets, trampling the 2005 record of 3,549 sales.

The relative ease of buying football tickets probably contributed to the record-breaking sales numbers. When football tickets go on sale, students can simply walk up to Memorial Coliseum and immediately purchase tickets. Students even have the option of buying an entire season’s worth of tickets at one stop.

Contrast that with the process of obtaining basketball tickets, where students must wait for hours in ticket lotteries in hopes of receiving a ticket to the game, and it’s clear why football tickets have become so popular.

If UK Athletics wants to keep seeing large crowds of students at football games in future years, it needs to maintain easy access to tickets for students.

UK students deserve praise for “believing in loyalty” and exhibiting their support by buying season tickets, while the athletics department should be applauded for making the ticket purchasing process as pain-free as possible.