Now that the matchup between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama in the 2013 BCS Championship has officially been announced, ND students have received the long-awaited email informing them about the student ticket lottery. Not only that, but they also been given an early Christmas present by one member of the Notre Dame community.
Notre Dame student tickets will sell for half-price ($150 each) “thanks to the overwhelming generosity of a concerned alumnus,” according to the email. The Student Bowl Ticket FAQ webpage states that 2,500 will be available through the lottery to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College. Each student may only enter the lottery once and is only guaranteed one ticket if they are selected. Winners will be randomly selected and announced at 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, December 10th.
The announcement caused quite a positive stir on social media as well:
The Notre Dame Student Body would like to issue a HUGE thank you to an anonymous concerned alumnus: twitter.com/LepLegion/stat…
— Leprechaun Legion (@LepLegion) December 3, 2012
The guys @leplegion say there are 2,500 ND student tickets to National Championship, meaning alumnus made $375K donation for student subsidy
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) December 3, 2012
Lottery winners are required to buy championship tickets, which must be picked up in Miami, FL beginning 36 hours prior to kickoff. A valid student ID is required for students to receive their tickets. In addition to the $150 ticket price, all students, whether selected or not, must pay a $20 non-refundable application fee to enter the lottery. All tickets will be paid for at the time the student enters the lottery and are non-transferable, meaning that no unsold tickets will be available. Students who are not selected will be refunded for the $150 ticket price.
The ticket lottery began tonight, immediately following the email being sent out, and will continue until 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec 5.