Last year the Association for Student Activity Programming brought in a total of 2,200 people to a venue capable of holding 7,500 for a concert costing roughly $100,000. For that, last yearâ€™s Collegian Editorial Board lambasted the group.
This year, ASAP will, in nine days, bring in Ludacris. The difference: More than 4,800 tickets have been given out in just three days, effectively doubling last yearâ€™s attendance.
And at a projected cost of $45,000, Ludaâ€™s concert is half the cost of performances by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Pepper combined.
On one hand, the low cost could be attributed to luck.
The Air Force Reserve approached ASAP with the opportunity to host Ludacris, asking only for the student organization to provide the venue while it covered Ludaâ€™s performance fee.
But whatever the reason, itâ€™s exciting that students could get free tickets.
Last year, student general admission, student-floor and public tickets to the dual-artist concert cost $12, $18 and $28, respectively.
Overall, the sudden success with ASAPâ€™s event is good to see, this highlighted by positive student interest and response.
The line for tickets started in the early hours of Saturday morning and grew to hundreds that stretched from the Lory Student Center book buy-back center and across the West Lawn.
With that, ASAP seems to be on the road to a graceful recovery after last yearâ€™s colossal mistake. Good job, ASAP.