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Western Carolina Launches Online Ticketing System for Athletics; Announces New Policies for 2005

Aug. 25, 2005

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Cullowhee, N.C. - In an effort to be more customer friendly, the Western Carolina Athletics Department today announced the launch of a new online ticketing program. Partnered with TicketsXchange, the new online ticketing system will be used campus-wide, including venues such as the Ramsey Center and the new Fine & Performing Arts Building.

The new online ticket purchasing system can be accessed by visiting and utilizing the "Click HERE for Online Ticketing" link located along the left side of the page under the "Athletic Department Info" block. Fans can also access additional Western Carolina ticket information, and the online purchasing link, by visiting the "Tickets" link also on the home page. Individual game, as well as season tickets, may currently be purchased through the online avenue.

During this first year of operation, the online program will allow fans to purchase tickets in advance and will also enable them to transfer tickets for particular games. In the near future, fans will also be able to obtain season pass scan cards, much like a credit card, in place of paper tickets.

"The new online ticketing system is a great addition to our program and will make purchasing tickets to Catamount athletic events a much easier process," said WCU Ticket Manager, Aime Mitchell. "The main thing we ask, as this process is still in its infancy, is for patience and understanding from our fans as we implement the system both online and at our venues."

In addition to the new ticketing system, Western Carolina will also implement and reiterate entrance policies during the Catamount football season, which will remain in effect throughout the 2005-06 athletic seasons. WCU students will now have their student identification cards, otherwise known as CatCards, scanned to allow admission to Catamount sporting events. There is also a rededication to a standing policy on no pass outs, meaning once a person has left the stadium, their ticket stub will not entitle them to readmission. The policy holds true for students, too, as there will only be one scan per contest per ID card.

Another new addition for 2005 is that Western will begin charging admission for all sports. Individual game ticket prices for the fall sports, women's soccer and volleyball, are $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. Fans can also purchase season tickets for the sport, $20.00 for soccer at the new Catamount Athletic Complex and $25.00 for volleyball.

An additional general admission option for Catamount fans is an All Sports ticket, which will entitle the bearer access to Catamount soccer, volleyball, softball, and baseball for a low cost of $100. Basketball will have a separate ticketing process, which will be announced in the near future.

For more information on purchasing season tickets for the fall sports or the All Sport pass, please contact the WCU Ticket Office at (800) 34-GOWCU.

Western Carolina opens the 2005 football season next Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7:00 pm as it hosts Mars Hill at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field. The Catamount soccer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Tammy DeCesare, will host Campbell in a historic first match under the lights on Friday, Sept. 2 at 6:00 pm. The first 150 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Volleyball, also under a first-year skipper, Stephanie Dragan, opens its 2005 season on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7:00 pm versus Gardner-Webb in the Ramsey Center.