Safe to say it's got local college football fans talking about the Huntington match-up of Marshall and WVU.
Fans are excited and can't wait for the big day September 8, but wanting to attend the game and actually going to it are very different things.
It's a state rivalry of epic proportions--Marshall University to the west and West Virginia University to the east--only about three hours apart in distance but when it comes to football, they might as well be on opposite sides of the globe. Just three weeks and counting until the big showdown in Huntington for the Friends of Coal Bowl--part two.
“I don't have nearly enough tickets. I could actually use more tickets,” Bill Rainey, WV Coal Association said.
From the major sponsors all the way down, that seems to be a running theme!
“Very much, very much so,” Shellye Townsend, MU football fan said.
That’s how badly Shellye Townsend wants to go to the game, but for the non-student, getting a ticket requires a hefty payout.
“The season tickets and a mini ticket package on the only way to get a ticket,”Randy Burnside, Sports Information Director said.
Season tickets start at $140 and go as high as $600 depending on the location of the seat. Those sales end on Wednesday. Starting Thursday, Big Green members can buy a mini pkg. Three games only--WVU, Southern Miss and UAB-- starting at $80 and going to $100. If you're banking on tickets going on individual sale--think again.
“We expect the Big Green members to buy the last tickets,” Randy said.
“It’s terrible. I don’t think it’s fair,” Shellye said.
One man not concerned about tickets--Jim Clark--Marshall alum and die-hard football fan.
“I bought 12 season ticket packets for my friends,”Jim said.
And that includes a few from enemy territory.
“Those friends treated us like royalty when we went up there last year and we wanted to return the favor,” Jim said.
As of today, there are only 3000 tickets available to the general public through the season tickets or big green mini pkgs. However, there is no limit on how many packages you can buy. Marshall expects the 38,019 tickets to be sold out by the end of the week.
As for students, tickets are available for first come first serve starting Tuesday with graduate students and seniors. On Wednesday, juniors can get tickets. On Thursday, sophomores can get tickets and freshmen can get them on Friday.
If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, you can call 1-800-THEHERD.