MUSS tickets go on sale tonight

Kevin Stoker, president of the MUSS, has one piece of advice for students who want to get the best seat possible for the 2006 football season: “Get your group together, and sign up early.”

MUSS football signups start tonight at 9 p.m. at Crimson Nights or online at the Alumni Association Web site. Priority seating is given to students who register early.

“We’ve found that is the fairest way of doing things,” Stoker said.

When registration is complete, a stamp is put on the time when a person signed up to determine seating. For a group, the average time is taken into account for prioritizing seating.

“This year we have the BYU game (at home), and it will almost be worth joining the MUSS for that,” said Marcie Bunker, assistant for the director of business relations of the Alumni Association. Stoker expects many people to sign up to avoid camping out overnight for BYU tickets.

Other big home game opponents include Texas Christian University, which finished 11th in the 2005 Associated Press poll, and Boise State.

For $25, students get a season ticket, a T-shirt, access to pre-game tailgate parties with food, priority on away and bowl game tickets and subsidized road trips.

The athletics department is allocating tickets for the UCLA game in Pasadena, Calif., for every member of the MUSS registered before Aug. 1. A subsidized road trip is planned for the San Diego State game in September.

Students can register with groups of friends to ensure they are seated together. The first person to register creates the group name and password that the other potential members must use when signing up.

“That way, the groups are limited to their friends and people just aren’t getting combined groups,” Stoker said.

Each student can also register three guests for $25, but visitors must pay the $7 for each game to comply with athletics department rules.

With the MUSS filling its roster in 2005, Stoker said he wants even more people to participate.

“Our goal is to recruit 5,000 members,” Stoker said.

Last Monday, MUSS representatives and members of the football coaching staff met with all the greek houses to encourage their members to join.

The greek fraternities and sororities have requested to sit together, Stoker said. But the quality of their seats depends on when they sign up, just like for everyone else.

MUSS representatives have visited no other student groups, but announcements have gone out to several campus organizations, Stoker said.

He and other representatives of the MUSS plan on visiting other student groups throughout Spring Semester.

Online registration can be done at www.alumni.utah.edu/muss/.