May 28, 2020

Fans find alternative methods to get tickets

Jose Carlos Fajardo / Contra Costa Times

Sold out. It’s been a common theme lately when talking about Bulldog fans looking for tickets.

The Wisconsin game sold out of tickets a week before the showdown, while the game at UCLA has been sold out for weeks.

“I don’t have tickets, but a few of my friends from high school go to UCLA,” said junior Collins Okoroike. “I’m going to try and get a student guest, but I’ll try anything.”

The game is shaping up to be a tough road game for the Bulldogs, while the Bruins have high expectations of their own with new head coach Rick Neuheisel.

UCLA is coming off two consecutive losses to BYU and Arizona and Fresno State defeated Toledo in double overtime Saturday night.

Bus trips organized

“Both teams could have no wins and we’d still be very excited,” said alumni Fred and Susan James. “We got our tickets through the UCLA ticket office a while back and have two buses going up with a total of 102 people.”

Fresno State also has organized buses for students going down to the game, but those tickets went quickly as well. However, college-age fans won’t be the only ones making the trip to Pasadena.

Tickets available — for a price

Bob and Barbara Myers, both 80 years old, started tailgating on the track at Ratcliffe Stadium, the old home of Fresno State football.

They used to travel almost anywhere the Bulldogs would play, but age is slowing their traveling down a bit these days.

“We don’t travel nearly as much as we used to, but this is a game we circled a while back,” said the couple. “We got our tickets through the Go Bulldogs Web site, but people looking for some should check out StubHub.”

StubHub is a service that allows people who have already bought tickets to resell their seats if the ticket is in high demand.

Currently, there are 590 tickets up for sale on the Web site, where the prices range anywhere from $15-350 per ticket.

Fans may think $350 a ticket is too much, but there is something special about this game.

“I got my ticket through a friend, because his uncle is a booster member for UCLA,” said sophomore Josh Donohoe. “We’re going to make a weekend out of it, but I can‘t wait to see the Rose Bowl.”

History contributes to fans’ interest

The Rose Bowl in Pasadena is the home of the Bruins and one of the most historic college football stadiums in the nation.

It hosted events in the 1932 and 1984 Olympics and became part of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) series in 1998. The Rose Bowl holds roughly 92,500 people, making it one of the better atmospheres to play at.

The Bruins lead the head-to-head series 6-1 over the Bulldogs.

“There is definitely something special about the Rose Bowl,” alumnus Richard Bramer said. “We have a group of over 100 people going down there to tailgate. It’s going to be one fun game.”

Bramer played in the first-ever game at Bulldog Stadium. In addition, the Bramer family has tailgated for more than 25 years at the stadium.

It is certain that the Bulldogs will be well-represented in Pasadena come Sept. 27, and the Bramer family will be rooting for them from a skybox.

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