In spite of the fact that the price of tickets to the "Big Three" football games was advanced considerably this fall, there has been no appreciable decrease in the number of individual applications to three of the most representative contests on the Crimson's schedule, those with Dartmouth, Princeton, and Yale.
Two years ago there were 2875 Harvard undergraduate applications for tickets to the Dartmouth game, while 7650 graduate applications were received at the office of the Harvard Athletic Association. This fall when Dartmouth came to Cambridge, 3311 undergraduates had filed applications, this increase in students being offset by a decrease in the number of graduates, only 6700 applying.
2000 Princeton Tickets Left
Because of the long trip to Princeton in 1925, there were only 1522 undergraduate applications, with approximately 6000 graduates sending in for tickets. This fall 3495 undergraduate petitions have been filled to date, with 8550 graduates. Some two thousand tickets still remain to be disposed of for next Saturday's contest, so it is probable that this number will be increased in the final figures.
For the Yale game in the Stadium a year ago, 5112 student applications for tickets were filled, with 13,300 graduate bids being taken care of. There are still stacks of letters to be computed yet for Yale applications this year, but the figures to date indicate that approximately the same number of Harvard supporters will receive their tickets from the H. A. A. before the last applications are taken care of. To date 3668 students have applied for tickets to the Yale game, with something over 7600 graduate applications already in. C. F. Getchell manager of the ticket department stated yesterday that this number would probably be increased to at least 10,000, and would probably exceed that quota.
Tickets for the Dartmouth game were advanced from $2 a year ago to $4 this fall, while tickets to the Yale and Princeton game suffered a two dollar advance from the former figure of $3 and are now commanding $5. This raise in prices did not affect undergraduate applications for single seats the price to students for each of these three games being set at $2 for the first seat, and then either $4 or $5 for each additional pasteboard, depending on whether it was for the Dartmouth, or the "Big Three" games.
In at least one instance, the number of graduates applying for seats at one of the major contests shows a marked decrease There were 950 less applications for seats at the Harvard-Dartmouth game this fall than a year ago, although the usual capacity crowd witnessed the contest.
Surplus Not Unusual
While the increased cost of the tickets may have kept some graduates from standing in for tickets, the previous record of the Harvard eleven in going down to defeat at the hands of Geneva and Holy Cress undoubtedly had something to do with the diminution of interest among alumni.
Regarding the fact that there are still several thousand tickets to be sold for the Princeton game next Saturday. Harvard officials have pointed out that there is nothing unusual in this fact, and that the same surplus existed two years ago. Whereas Dartmouth is allotted 21,000 tickets for the Harvard Dartmouth game, and succeeds in disposing of this number with great regularity, Princeton only takes care of 10,000 seats in the Stadium for the bi-yearly clash in Cambridge, and the total sales in Princeton this fall for Saturday's game will not exceed that figure.
The number of graduates of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton who are compelled to stay away from games this fall because of the increased price of tickets is not believed to be great in the opinion of Harvard's athletic officials. Great pains have been taken to make it clear that the increased revenue resulting from the raised price of the tickets is being devoted to the furtherance of athletics at each of the three institutions, and the student is the ultimate beneficiary. The saturation point in the size of Stadiums may be approached by some of the newer concrete bowls that have been erected recently in Philadelphia and Chicago, but the day is not considered imminent when Harvard, Yale, and Princeton will have difficulty packing their stadiums for their annual clashes between each other.