Indiana overselling student section; announces it will it will cap student tickets at 12,400

Demand for Indiana student basketball tickets has apparently already surpassed the supply, which means Indiana will have to ration games. Indiana announced Thursday that 9,400 student tickets have already been sold for a student section of 7,800. IU athletic director Fred Glass said the athletic department will continue to sell tickets up to 12,400 to make sure that every student who buys a student ticket package will see at least 10 of the 16 in-session home games, but that of course makes it much less possible for any student to see all 16.

Indiana’s release follows.

IU Athletics to cap student ticket sales at 12,400.

Bloomington, Indiana—Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that 9,400 students have already placed orders for men’s basketball season tickets and the athletic department is projecting that number to continue to increase throughout the summer.

“Following the team’s incredible performance this past season, I am thrilled to see student ticket demand returning to the same levels I experienced when I was a student at IU,” said Glass. “There is not a more exciting place to watch college basketball than Assembly Hall, and it is IU students that create our home court environment that is unmatched anywhere in the country.”

Projections for student tickets are expected to exceed 10,000 in the next few weeks. The department has announced that it will cap the number of tickets sold at 12,400 to allow students to receive tickets to a minimum 10 of the 16 games that occur during the academic calendar. IU has a long-standing tradition of overselling its student section and rationing the number of games each student receives.

“Indiana University has the largest student section in the country at a whopping 7,800,” added Glass. Comparison student section sizes at other schools are: 5,152 at Purdue; 6,000 at North Carolina; 4,500 at Kentucky; 3,100 at Michigan State; 2,300 at Louisville and 1,200 at Duke.

“Indiana Basketball is an important part of the IU college experience and we want as many students as possible to have a chance to experience it live in Assembly Hall,” Glass noted.

“For the last several years, student tickets sales have continually increased, but have not exceeded the allotted space of 7,800 students per game. For the first time since the 2003 season, IU will be exceeding that allotment.”

“Our student fan base is the best in the country,” said IU Head Coach Tom Crean. “Our fans and former players have supported us from the moment we arrived and are a big reason why the program is where it is today.”

Student ticket holders do not receive tickets to games that occur during the semester break between December and January. However, IU Athletics has indicated that students in town during the break will be able to purchase tickets at the student rate once those tickets become available.


  1. I purchased my fball/bball combo tickets last May b/c I knew basketball season tickets would go fast. I paid over $250 for the tickets. Dustin, after talking with Glass can I expect a refund or more than 10 games assuming I paid that amount of money for the entire home basketball season tickets like how they have sold them in the past? Thanks

  2. I’m not sure about the combo tickets, but he did say that students would only pay the $15 each for the tickets they actually received. If the football/basketball combo was not discounted at all, I’d presume you’d be refunded for the six tickets you won’t receive.

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