Colorado Students Struggle To Secure Tickets As Interest Grows For Nebraska Game

Colorado students watch a Buffs football game at Folsom Field.

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The University of Colorado will face Nebraska this weekend and interest in the football team is at an all-time high. Unfortunately, the anticipation for the upcoming rivalry has left many students without a ticket for Saturday’s home opener.

The ticket claiming process has grown frustrating for those looking to support their school and new head coach Deion Sanders.

The Buffs are fresh off a 45-42 upset of national runner-up TCU in Fort Worth, shocking the Horned Frogs as a 21-point underdog. In that contest, offensive fireworks were displayed as quarterback Shedeur Sanders set a school record with 510 passing yards.

Four Colorado receivers topped 100 yards and running back Dylan Edwards found the endzone four times.

Momentum had already been building around the program following Coach Prime’s hiring this offseason, but the season opening win blew the top off CU hype train.

It’s caused a huge demand for Week 2 tickets as the Nebraska Cornhuskers come to town. Get-in prices are already skyrocketing, and it’s expected that Colorado fans will outnumber those of the visiting team, a welcomed change from the last time the two squads met in Boulder.

While we’ll likely see a sold-out crowd at Folsom Field, there are a number of students that won’t be in attendance due to the growing excitement.

Malaina Humphreys of Sko Buffs Sports spoke on the student ticket troubles this week.

“Colorado football is receiving more attention now than they have in the last decade alone,” Humphreys said. “Between the pent-up excitement and the win that Deion Sanders just brought back to Boulder, fans can’t wait to see their Buffs take on their biggest rival at the home opener this weekend. Unfortunately for some students, the $185 sports pass doesn’t guarantee a ticket to the home opener or any other game.”

While Folsom Field expanded its students section this year, many Colorado goers experienced issues attempting to snag their tickets in the online queue.

Students pay an up-front fee for access to football games and other sporting events. They are then awarded tickets based on a number of different things, including seniority.

For those unable to gain entry with the student pass, there was often an option to snag a ticket through resale. That’s no longer feasible to many due to increasing prices.

One student said, “It used to be very easy to get tickets from the ticket exchange app, but now people are selling a ticket for, like, $200-$300.”

Some spoke of long online waits as they sat in the queue in hopes of receiving good news. Others said they were booted after finally getting into the system.

The growing enthusiasm for the Colorado football program is certainly welcomed after years of mediocrity on the field. Unfortunately, it’s coming at the expense of those Buffs players’ classmates.