The University of South Carolina accidentally made a free ticket link to the upcoming South Carolina-Akron game open to the public.
A link to free tickets for this Saturday’s game was supposed to be accessible for community groups and military personnel. However, due to “technical errors,” anyone could access the free ticket link. The university is now asking the general public not to use this link.
“The athletics department, in an effort to increase attendance and give our football team a more memorable experience in their final home game of the season, sent a link to complimentary upper deck tickets to various community groups and military personnel intended for their use only,” USC said in a statement released to The State. “The athletics department hopes that our fans respect the intention of the offer of complimentary tickets to community groups and the military.”
The university is hoping that attendance at the game will be high; as of Monday, The State reported that 30,000 tickets were sold. The game is a makeup for the game originally scheduled on September 15, which was cancelled after Hurricane Florence, but was just finalized earlier this month. Eric Nichols, USC’s senior associate athletics director for marketing, said that it will be difficult to “gauge what success looks like.”
“We really don’t know what to expect,” Nichols said. “We have never done this before this late in the season, but we have been pleased with the ticket sales so far.”
Tickets for the game are still available at $50 for lower level seats and $45 for upper level seats.