Michigan State students attempting to attend football games without purchasing a ticket could be in for a surprise this season, as the university is cracking down on access to Spartan Stadium’s student section.
There have been a number of students who have used other students’ MSU IDs to gain access to the football games, so much so that the university has taken notice. Stadium personnel will now be on the lookout for students entering football games without a proper ticket assigned to their name.
According to The State News, if a student is caught using someone else’s ID, the user’s ID will be confiscated permanently. To better avoid this penalty, flyers have been distributed at the university’s ID office, reminding students of the proper ways to transfer student section tickets.
Associate athletics director Wendy Brown says she hopes the new advertising will encourage students to follow the existing student ticket policy, with no transfer fee to the student.
“It’s a policy designed to discourage people handing off their IDs because there’s also access to money and to campus buildings on them,” Brown says. “We’ve never encouraged people to hand their ID to someone else.”
At Michigan State, students can transfer a ticket by visiting the official athletics website. The department also has a closed StubHub environment where students can sell their football tickets to one another.
Although there are seemingly easy ways to transfer tickets, students continue to see of the policy’s shortcomings.
“I don’t really think the people swiping IDs really care,” says junior John Shinners. “My friend borrowed a girl’s ID and was still let in because it was a small game.”
Needless to say, with the student credential now driving a majority of services on campus handing over your student ID to another person – even a friend – is like handing someone the keys to the kingdom.