Eager Students Line Up Early for Tickets to First Football Game

August 30, 2010
By ODU Athletics

Aug. 30, 2010

NORFOLK, Va. -- Building on the excitement of last season, officials with Old Dominion University Athletics were hopeful there would still be a rush for student tickets for the first Monarchs' football game of the season, when they were distributed Monday morning at the Ted Constant Convocation Center.

They needn't have worried.

Last year's first-ever ticket distribution included a tent city on the lawn behind the Ted. This year, there was no overnight camping allowed. But that didn't stop fans from coming way before the crack of dawn, for the first crack at student tickets for the Sept. 4 game against Jacksonville.

"This has been great," said Senior Associate Athletic Director Debbie White. "The way students have shown up so early on the first day of classes has been incredible. Last year, we did this before school started."

White said there was some concern that the novelty could have worn off a little. "But clearly, it hasn't. There's still real excitement. It's great for Athletics, but it's also great for the students, their experience of college life."

Many in the line were returning students. But first-year student Nina Braden also was in line for her ticket, looking forward to her first ODU game. "I heard so much about it last year. I'm really, really excited to go to the games," she said.

At the very back of the line, three student-athletes on the ODU rowing team were hoping the tickets would last until they got to the front of the line. "That would be horrible if they didn't," said Amanda May, a junior biological sciences major. Ashley Payne, a sophomore studying communication, said attending games last year only made her more excited to get tickets for this year's season opener. "It's such a great environment. It makes you proud to go to ODU."

Meredith Laverdure, a sophomore studying speech-language pathology, is in the marching band and didn't need to get a ticket on Monday. But her brother Nate, who graduated last year with a degree in mechanical engineering, begged that she line up and snag him a ticket. "He just can't get enough. He'll be a student forever, I guess," Laverdure laughed.

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