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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published October 01 2010

Student reaches high for homecoming game tickets

When North Dakota State University ran out of student tickets for Saturday’s homecoming game, Andrew Puckett went straight to the top.

The sophomore from Grove City, Minn., e-mailed President Dean Bresciani to see if there was something he could do.

“I wanted to talk to someone who both had power and who I thought would care,” Puckett said. “This is, as far as I’m concerned, the most important football game for us.”

NDSU sets aside 4,000 student tickets for home football games, said spokeswoman Najla Amundson. Those were gone by Wednesday afternoon.

Puckett said Bresciani responded quickly to his e-mail Wednesday evening and arranged for Puckett and a friend to receive tickets.

On Thursday, NDSU announced that another 200 student tickets will be made available at 8 a.m. today.

“He made things happen. I’m very impressed with him,” Puckett said.

Meeting the student demand for big home games has been a challenge for NDSU in recent years as the Bison have gone Division I and student enrollment has increased.

Many students find it frustrating when there aren’t enough tickets because they support athletics through their student activity fees, Puckett said.“I do think for homecoming, the university should plan accordingly and reserve more student tickets,” Puckett said.

Athletic Director Gene Taylor has said in the past that NDSU reserves a high percentage of student tickets compared to many arenas nationwide.

There are 18,600 tickets overall, making the student section nearly 22 percent of all tickets.

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Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590