Towson University returned its allotment of $38 tickets for an Oct. 1 game at the University of Maryland and suggested fans purchase seats on the secondary market for as little as $4.
The Towson, Maryland, school received tickets to sell for its game in College Park, Maryland, the first football meeting of the schools that are about 45 miles apart.
Maryland gave additional complimentary tickets to season-ticket holders, leading to a high concentration of ticket availability on websites such as StubHub.com, Vividseats.com and TicketsNow.com, according to Mike Harris, an associate athletic director at Towson.
“The secondary market has been flooded with deeply discounted tickets starting as low as $4 per seat,” Harris said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “We are encouraging our fans to seek tickets directly from UMCP athletics or via the secondary market. Tickets on the secondary market are more affordable and they are located in better viewing locations.”
A search of StubHub today found tickets priced between $5 and $172. Seats on TicketNow.com ranged from $11 to $157.
The arrangement to allow Towson to return whatever ticket it doesn’t utilize is standard, according to Shawn Nestor, a spokesman for Maryland.
“We had great crowds against Miami and West Virginia, and now we’re looking forward to another solid turnout for the Towson game,” Nestor said in an e-mail.
The Terrapins (1-1) reported attendance of 53,627 at 54,000-seat Byrd Stadium for its last home game, a 37-31 loss to West Virginia on Sept. 17. It beat Miami 32-24 in its season-opener before 52,875.
Towson, which plays in the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, is 2-0 following home wins over Morgan State and Villanova.