Texas A&M students have pulled a school-record 29,520 tickets for Saturday’s game against Nebraska, school officials announced today. It marks the largest number of student tickets ever distributed for an A&M home game, eclipsing the total of 28,100 that attended the 2002 Oklahoma game.
The typical four-day, student ticket draw ended today. But A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said at least 1,000 more student tickets _ in a standing-room only area _ will be made available Friday for Saturday’s 7 p.m. game in Kyle Field between No. 18 Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2 in Big 12) and No. 9 Nebraska (9-1, 5-1).
Byrne said he has instructed workers in the school’s ticket office to put additional chairs on the track that surrounds the playing field and to “find every available standing-room space” for additional students in quest of topping the 30,000 mark.
A&M seeks to set a new NCAA record for most students attending a college football game but it is unclear what that record is. Earlier this week, A&M officials believed their count of 28,100 at the 2002 Oklahoma game was an NCAA standard. But further research suggests Ohio State reserves approximately 30,000 tickets for students to its home game, although an actual drop count is not kept by the school.
_ Jimmy Burch