December 7, 2001

Hockey Ticket Committee May Change Sale Process

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Cornell men’s hockey fans, troubled by the state of recent sales of tickets for the season, may soon rejoice.

The five-member committee is close to presenting and distributing a proposal that they hope will solve the problem.

Committee Chair Frank Araneo, director of Cornell athletics, feels that the proposal may be ready in the early Spring semester after additional input from other committee members is considered.

“We’re making [the proposal]. They’ve been refining the procedures and then [the others on the committee] will present it to me for review,” Araneo said.

The other members of the committee, Gene Nighman, director of the hockey ticket office, and Anita Brenner, associate director of athletics have been reviewing different aspects of the proposal which will modify the ticket sale process.

“It’s kind of flowing around between the three of us,” Nighman said. “I think basically what we decided on would be definitive location for where the line was going to be and indicate a time when we would give line numbers.”

Nighman hopes that this should deter students from rushing the crowd to get ahead in long as had occurred this year at the Sept. 28 sale. He finds that controlling the time when the numbers would be issued while keeping firm security of the line should allow for a smooth and successful sale.

“No numbers will be given before this time and date, then once kids start lining up we would issue line numbers. Students will be required to wait in line and we will be doing random line checks,” Nighman said.

He noted that certain details of the proposal, such as the duration of the wait and other factors are still being discussed between he and Brenner.

“We are asking, ‘How long should that [wait] period be?’ It would happen far enough in advance so they would be trickling into line instead of rushing,” he finished.

Nighman finds that the proposal has not changed drastically since it was first drafted in October. At that meeting, Nighman notes that the input of other two committee members, S.A. vice president Mark Greenbaum ’02 and S.A. freshman-at-large representative Joshua Bronstein ’05 helped them make a proposal that identified the needs of the many students wanting tickets while observing the importance of security and safety.

“They were very helpful in developing the proposal. They were pretty much in agreement with us by the end of [the first meeting]. They felt that students would make a commitment and wait longer,” Nighman said.

Araneo hopes to use this input once again by asking for the help of the committee’s two student members in reviewing the proposal after he has done so.

“I’ll make my comments on it and then we’ll send it to Mark and Josh for commentary when we feel we have a strong proposal,” Araneo said.

Greenbaum is looking forward to the chance to give his opinions on the proposal once again although they seem to be along the lines of what the other committee members already have in mind.

“I hope that [the Department of Athletics] will finally have a sensible framework in place. This entails that safety is guaranteed to students and that tickets are sold and distributed in a fair and efficient manner,” Greenbaum said. “I am confident, though, that because student input was taken into account on the committee that the new proposed process will be streamlined.”

These are the opinions that Araneo is now working to include into the proposal through Greenbaum and Bronstein’s involvement. He hopes to have a final draft ready for the two to read and review over Winter Break. “Because of the uncertainty about the availability of [Greenbaum and Bronstein] we will most likely wait until the end of the year. I would like to get the proposal to them before the break. We’ve got a lot of things on our plate too so we will most likely have to wait,” Araneo said.

No matter how long the wait, the student committee members are excited to complete the process and distribute their findings to students which Nighman said may take the form of an informational website.

“I think I speak for all Cornell hockey fans when I say that I am sick of these problems with ticket sales and [with the proposal] things should be easier,” Greenbaum said.

Archived article by Carlos Perkins