A great deal of criticism is being directed at the Athletic Association for issuing football season tickets which admit to only the first five games, and requiring special tickets for the final three. Previously season tickets have included admission to all home games except that with Yale when played in Cambridge.
It is urged against the new plan that the cost of seeing the home games to those who have not the privilege of buying H. A. A. tickets will be $7, while heretofore the corresponding games have cost only $5. The increased expense will fall chiefly upon graduates living in this vicinity who ordinarily attend every game, and on members of the University who wish to purchase tickets for their friends.
The condition which the change is designed to improve prevailed particularly at the Dartmouth game last fall. One-half of the 30,000 seats available were allotted to Dartmouth, and of the remaining seats, 10,000 were held by outstanding H. A. A. and season tickets, leaving but 5,000 to satisfy the heavy demands of alumni and undergraduates. This number proved wholly insufficient. This fall under an application system such as has always been used for the assignment of Yale game tickets, persons connected with the University will have preference in the allotment for all three of the final games.
Obviously the distribution in this way of tickets for three games will entail additional expense. It is unlikely that this additional expense will account for the extra profit which will be made with the price of admission thus advanced. In making the burden of financial support of athletics heavier, in one direction, the Athletic Association may reasonably be expected to lighten it somewhere else. We suggest the abolition of subscriptions as a most welcome relief.