Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Blackboard enables Crimson Tide to distribute student football tickets online

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Distributing football tickets equitably to students has often been an exercise in frustration, particularly if there aren’t enough tickets to go around at schools where football reigns supreme or when football teams consistently have winning records. Both scenarios are true for one of the Southeastern Conference’s powerhouses, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

But the ticketing process became far easier for both students and university personnel last fall when the campus rolled out a new program called “My Football Ticket.” Simply put, the new solution enables students to manage their football ticket account online. Actually, “ticket” in this case is a misnomer because a physical ticket is no longer required for entry to the games.

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