Football at ETSU
I stumbled on this forum while looking through the Buc Football Foundation site. I've wanted to tell my story for years. Thanks for a place to be heard.
I was a season ticket holder for years. For my own reasons, I never chose to join the Pirate Club. During the season that ETSU went to the playoffs and hosted the game with Villanova, I think that may have been Cavan's last year, I never missed a game. I lived in a condo just above ETSU. On the day that the playoff berth was announced and ETSU got a homegame with Villanova, I was pleased to say the least. It was announced that the ticket office would be open that afternoon. If you remember, it was over a Thanksgiving weekend which meant many students would be gone. I walked down the hill to the dome to get tickets. There was a sign on the ticket office that said come inside to the athletic office. I went in so I could be near the first in line to get my tickets. BUT, there was no line. In fact, I was the only person there at that time. When I went into the office, I was prepared to buy my tickets. I was asked if I was a member of the Pirate Club. I told them no, and they refused to sell me a ticket. They told me that they would only sell tickets to the Pirate club that day. Later in the week, or the next day, I cannot remember, they would open ticket sales to the general public. Can you believe it? If they wanted to reserve a section for the Pirate Club (which they did) then sell me tickets in another section. But they were so worried that the Pirate Club members wouldn't get their designated seats, they wouldn't sell any. The way it worked out, since it was Thanksgiving, the ticket office was closed for most of that week. I recall about 4,000 fans showing up. Don't blame the loss of football on too many UT fans in the area. I blame it directly on the President for his care less attitude, and the athletic department for their holier than thou attitude. I could see it if there was an overwhelming response and the place was flooded with ticket requests. But hey, no tickets. Whether that was a blatant attempt by the administration of the university to stifle fan interest, or just stupidity, it showed me a total lack of regard for the fans. They would have been better off giving tickets away to the game and filling the dome rather than acting like they were at an SEC school with too many donors and not enough seats to go around. Well, that's my thoughts. I hope if football comes back, someone with some sense is in charge of promoting the team. That gang didn't know Jack, and frankly they didn't care.