OMAHA (KPTM) – It was going to be the best 50th birthday present for Jeff Glauber. Glauber birthday is June 18th and falls right in the heart of the College World Series in Omaha. His family of five was going to travel the 1,200 miles from Philadelphia to Omaha to watch games at T-D Ameritrade Park. When it came time to purchase the tickets in April, he was met with resistant.
The NCAA limits buyers to only four reserved-seat tickets at a time. This is a restriction they have for all 89 championships, not just the CWS.
"What does a family of five do? They said there is nothing you can do that there are rules in place," he said.
Glauber purchased a set of two and three tickets for four of the midweek games. For some of the games, his family isn't even in the same section. This means his three teenage boys won't be able to celebrate his birthday together.
"It is a family trip, something the kids will never forget and not being able to sit together during that celebration during the course of the games is disappointing," he said.
Fox 42 News contacted Cameron Schuh of the NCAA to get clarification on the restriction. He tells us the restriction is in place to prevent one party to buy a large amount of tickets. The goal is to allow large amounts of fans to experience the championships. This would also help prevent a "secondary market."
"We sympathize with those people and are willing to work with those parties affected by the rule," Schuh said.
Tickets went on sale April 13. There were 881 reserved-seat tickets for each of the first four games and the first two games of the championship series. There were also 1,079 tickets on sale for games 5-12. Many of the reserved tickets are for
The NCAA tells Fox 42 they did off Glauber five seats in the Upper-Bowl of T-D Ameritrade Park. Glauber declined saying he shouldn't have to change his location in order to have his family sit together.
"But the rule itself puts a damper on the stadium visit, the game itself and that sort of thing," he said.
Glauber has started a petition asking for the NCAAA to change it's ticket restriction policy. The petition will stay up until the 2014 College World Series or he tells Fox 42 News until the NCAA changes it policy. The petition can be found by clicking the below link.
Schuh said in order to make a change to the ticket policy at the CWS the NCAA would have to change the policy for all championships.
An Omaha season ticket holder has offered his five tickets as a trade with the Glauber family. Glauber tells Fox 42 this is a tremendously nice offer and is a clear reflection of the spirit that exists in Omaha.
The College World Series runs from June 15 to June 26.
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