High-demand Gold Pass System Leads To Record Attendance
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 01:10
The “sieve” chants were louder than usual in Conte Forum on Friday night, as a record number of students were in attendance to watch the Boston College men’s hockey team defeat No. 2 Wisconsin 9-2.
“Great win for the boys,” senior men’s hockey captain Patrick Brown tweeted after the game. “Want to thank the best fans in the nation for filling conte tonight it was a great feeling in there!”
More than 2,400 students attended the game, leading to more than a 90 percent show rate, according to Jamie DiLoreto, associate athletic director of external operations.
The 2,400 total combines the general student population along with student-athletes, who use a separate ticketing system from the newly implemented Gold Pass.
The Wisconsin game was deemed “high-demand” in advance by the athletic department because of the quality of the opponent, date, and time. Typically, games for football, basketball, and men’s hockey are made available to all students who have purchased Gold Passes, but a different system is used for big games since expected demand by the more than 5,500 Gold Pass holders sold exceeds the capacity in Conte Forum.
BC plans to implement this high-demand system again for next semester’s hockey game against BU and three men’s basketball games. Depending on demand, other games could be added.
Students were emailed on Tuesday night if they had earned enough reward points to qualify for a ticket to the hockey game. Reward points were built up throughout the semester by attending games for BC sports and for arriving early. Students then had from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to pick up a paper ticket from the Conte Forum ticket office. When not all of the tickets were claimed, the necessary point total was lowered to include more students, who had the same time window to pick up a ticket on Thursday. By 7 p.m. on Thursday, all of the tickets were claimed.
To try to fill the entire stadium, BC also gave out a limited number of tickets not purchased by the general public to Gold Pass holders when the gates opened.