More than 3,700 people attend Family Weekend
Family Weekend football sales skyrocket
By Taylor Prater
Posted September 24, 2012
Posted September 24, 2012
TCU Family Weekend featured a 42 percent increase in attending families this year compared with last year, Kim Turner, assistant director of student activities, said.
This year, 3,788 people pre-registered for family weekend versus 2,668 people who pre-registered last year, Turner said.
Tickets for the football game against Virginia on Saturday went on sale at 8 a.m. Sept. 1 through the TCU Athletics website, according to the Family Weekend website.
Jackie Henderson, whose daughter Brittany attends the university, said she took precautions in order to secure her tickets to the game.
“I know all the games had sold out, and then this one was sold out, so I knew that it would be harder this year,” she said. “Since we live in California, I had to get up at 6 because the tickets went on sale at 8.”
She also said she wanted to get the tickets through TCU Athletics to avoid the high cost of tickets on alternative websites such as StubHub.
Sue Sporl, who also has children at the university, purchased her tickets through StubHub.
Sporl said she went online at 10 a.m. the day tickets went on sale, and found they were already sold out in the stadium’s general admission section.
“It was just really unfortunate because we like to sit in the student section with the kids,” she said. “We were trying to get a group of tickets, and they ended up costing three times the price.”
Sporl, who has attended Family Weekend with her family for the past three years, said she never had difficulty getting tickets before.
“It’s just a great environment so I understand why people want to come to the games, but I just wish there was a little bit more help for us parents coming,” she said.
According to GoFrogs.com, 33,825 people attended last year’s Family Weekend football game against Portland State. This year’s Family Weekend game against Virginia had an attendance of 46,330, a 37 percent increase.
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