Texas guard Kerwin Roach II (12) jumps into the arms of fans after Texas defeated Oklahoma 79-74 in a NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas students left out in the cold trying to get into OU game

Posted February 5th, 2018

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The Texas men’s basketball team pulled a win over Oklahoma Saturday afternoon, beating the Sooners 79-74 in front of a lively crowd at the Frank Erwin Center.

Unfortunately for some Longhorn fans, they were left out in the cold.

To sit in the student sections at athletic events, UT students must purchase “The Big Ticket.” This ticket includes a reserved football season ticket in the fall and access to all other sporting events. But according to Texas Sports, “seating for all other sports besides football is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis.” The Frank Erwin Center’s capacity for basketball games is reported to be 16,540, with the overwhelming majority of seats going to non-students.

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ESPN’s College Gameday traveled to Austin Saturday morning and administrators encouraged students to show up early and cheer for the Longhorns. About 3,000 fans turned out, far exceeding the station’s expectations for the crowd. That afternoon, the women’s basketball team beat TCU. But with so many people at the Frank Erwin Center for both events, capacity for students showing up for the men’s game in the late afternoon was limited.

Texas fans were not pleased with the availability of seating at the Frank Erwin Center for students and posted their frustrations on Twitter. Photos show sections reserved for recruits and crowds of fans waiting outside the arena.

https://twitter.com/garrettmkelly/status/959922481594273793

https://twitter.com/tannerlevesque/status/959904438889697288

https://twitter.com/TheAmayaFields/status/959934290007085056

https://twitter.com/cmalesky/status/960161814666448897

https://twitter.com/garrettmkelly/status/959962956686594049

https://twitter.com/TheNoahHendrix/status/959933950125858817

https://twitter.com/johnmkirklin/status/959914260146151424

https://twitter.com/KingBishop210/status/959911328893816832

Athletic director Chris Del Conte addressed some concerns on Twitter, including retweeting a post about The Big Ticket.

Texas officials announced last year that the Frank Erwin Center would be replaced with a new arena on campus. The American-Statesman reported the new arena will be “smaller and more intimate than the Erwin Center,” according to documents released by UT.

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