UO student says university BCS tickets a ripoff

UO student says university BCS tickets a ripoff »Play Video
University of Oregon sophomore Blake Reed is spending his winter break in Spokane fuming.

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon sophomore Blake Reed is spending his winter break in Spokane fuming.

"I'm really furious," Reed said.

Blake, his dad Randy and his brother Brian were all set to go to Glendale.

"It was going to be my Christmas present," Reed said.
    
They purchased plane tickets, booked a hotel and reserved a car. All they needed were tickets to the game.

But this year, the UO changed the way students buy bowl tickets. Students can choose from one of four packages. The cheapest option costs $450 and is sold out. Face value tickets are about $300. The extra $150 pays for  a bus ride and access to a pre-game a party.

"None of that I really need or want," said Reed.

KVAL News took Reed's concerns to the UO Dean of Students Paul Shong. We asked him if he knew why face value tickets weren't made available to students.

"Well, you can try to find tickets online," Shong said. "But what we wanted to do was arrange for the whole experience for students to be a positive one and wanted to make sure we had staff available at this event. We wanted to make sure students had access to transportation."

With or without tickets, Reed said he will still go south. It just won't be the same.

"It's going to still be a great experience," Reed said. "But it's not going to be the full experience that we had both wanted it to be."

The BCS gave the university 1,000 student tickets. At last check, some of the packages had still not sold out.