Spirit wakes up early

Aug 312004
Authors: Christiana Nelson

When Rianne Dingee got to the Fum McGraw Athletic Center at 4:45

a.m. on Tuesday, she thought she was in the wrong place.

“I thought, ‘We’re either the smartest ones for waking up so

early or we’re the dumbest ones,'” said Dingee, a junior human

development and family studies major.

About 1,100 student tickets to The Rocky Mountain Showdown were

available for student purchase starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday. The

tickets were left over from the lottery, and Dingee and five of her

friends contemplated camping out in their car to reserve a spot to

buy the leftover football tickets.

However, when they arrived in the morning they found no other


“It is usually a huge line, but we came around the corner and

there was nothing,” she said.

By 6:15 a.m. the line had grown to 15 students, but it only grew

to about 20 students by the time the ticket booth opened.

“We sold about 100 tickets,” said Sharon Rady, athletic

department ticket manager. “I was expecting more, but oh well. The

students seemed excited to get their tickets and surprised that

there were actually tickets left.”

Anticipating her third CSU vs. CU rivalry football game, Dingree

was relieved the lottery winners did not buy all the tickets.

“You’d think the people that put their names in the lottery

would pick up their tickets,” Dingee said. “But we’ll pick up the


Jeff Gallegos, a senior mathematics major, arrived at 8 a.m.

ready to show support for his hometown Rams, despite the $60 price


“I stand behind my school – it is always a good time to get

together,” Gallegos said. “The price is a little high

unfortunately, but it should be worth it.”

For Heather Sievers, the price is no comparison to the


“It is the best game of the season,” said Sievers, a junior

psychology major. “It is worth it to me. I really wanted a chance

to get tickets and I was worried there would be none


While Rady is unsure why students did not purchase more tickets

to the game, she said the available tickets are for sale to

community members and CSU students to purchase for the same price.

She also added that charging $60 for tickets is uncontrollable as

CU sets the price of its home-field tickets for away teams.

But, despite the price and waiting in line for three hours, Andy

Johnson has only one thing in mind.

“I just can’t wait till we bring home the victory and have

bragging rites for the year,” said Johnson, a junior business

major. “I wouldn’t miss this game. I just can’t wait to hear ‘I’m

proud to be a CSU Ram’ – we’ll go into hostile territory and when

we win there will be crazy – this little section will be making all

the noise.”





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