Students at the Mercy of Lottery for Men's Basketball Tickets

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Cody Robertson is used to camping out for basketball tickets, and as a Reed Rowdy, he's one of the first cheering at Aggie basketball games.

But for now, it looks like Roberston's days of camping out for tickets may be a thing of the past.

It's now going to be a gamble for A&M students who want a chance to see the Aggie men's basketball team take center court.

"It's the fairest way to do it to get students tickets," said Robertson. "There's so many people who want to go to the games, and that's a great problem to have."

For the remaining home games this season, the athletic department has decided that student tickets will be distributed through a lottery system.

"This is a mechanism used at a lot of peer institutions that have a very competitive basketball programs," said Dean Bresciani, Vice President of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University.

The decision to first use the lottery system came after an unprecedented number of students flooded the Kyle Field Plaza awaiting ticket pull for the A&M-UT game.

Since then, officials have tweaked the system to help give faithful fans a slight advantage, while not eliminating the chances of other students wanting to attend.

"If you went to no games, your name gets entered once," said Bresciani. "If you went to one to three games your name gets entered two times. If you went to four to six games your name gets entered three times."

The new system also weeds out those students who don't plan on attending the game since students must register and have a valid sports pass with the basketball option to be entered into the lottery.

Students, however, have mixed reactions to the new system.

"It's good because I didn't have to wait in line for a Texas ticket, but it stinks for the people who did, because obviously a lot of them didn't get tickets," said student John Martin.

"I was sad because I didn't get a ticket, but at the same time, my little brother did, who's a sophomore," said Aggie basketball fan, Kristen Griffes. "I'm a graduating senior, so I thought I maybe should have got it."

According to Bresciani, the reward for those students who do win the luck of the draw is "getting to see one of the best basketball programs in the nation emerging right before our eyes."