Unhappy Florida Gator Fans
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
The University Athletic Association distributed about 1500 tickets to students Monday evening through the Ticketmaster website. But only non-American residents were legally able to buy them. Ticket buyers had to pretend to be international customers, and then put in false information regarding their country of origin.
Ticketmaster admits it is human error. University of Florida officials say there's nothing they can do.
One of the lucky ones is Genevieve Purdy. Her boyfriend was able to purchase a pair of tickets Monday evening by claiming to be a U.S. citizen from a minor outlying island.
"Lying in order to get something I feel bad," says Purdy. "But because of a glitch, I'd be in the same situation and not get tickets."
Mike Jenkins is one of thousands of unlucky students. Some of his friends in the same computer lab got a few of the 1500 available to UF students. But not him.
"They wanted to put in the U.S. Virgin Islands," says Jenkins. "I didn't want to lie about that. So after 7 minutes when it timed out and I couldn't get back on, I was just crushed."
He's part of two Facebook groups that complain about the situation and ask students to contact the UF ticket office, the Athletic Association and other groups.
The head of ticketing says boosters bought the last of the other nearly 15,000 tickets Tuesday. He says it's impossible for UF to go back and resell tickets that have already been purchased, even if false information is involved.
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