ALBANY — A new online platform for ticket sales is now available to student organizations and departments at UAlbany.
The new site, developed by the Office of Student Involvement, is designed to avoid many of the problems associated with hosting a ticketed event: lost tickets, on-site money collection and questions about whether an event is sold out or canceled.
“Student groups were in need of a platform to provide online tickets to students,” said Michael Jaromin, executive director of campus life. “The site also helps with internal control – organizers can better manage income, which now can go directly into an account.”
UAlbany Event Tickets just went live last week and is available to students, faculty and staff. Visitors to the site must register to add events or buy tickets. University accounts are available to students, faculty and staff, and others can register through a general public account.
Through the Resources tab, users can log on and submit a request to list their own event, filling in information such as time, venue and ticket price. A 50 cent surcharge per ticket goes to the host vendor, a company called University Tickets.
To purchase tickets, users click on the event and fill in the form. Tickets are then sent to a computer for print-out, or a phone for on-site scanning.
“Our students have let us know that they are interested in online ticket sales, and we made sure to incorporate their feedback as we set up this site,” said Jennifer Anderson, associate director of student involvement. “The final product is a site that is easy to navigate and that I believe will promote ticket sales. It may even encourage students to attend events they hadn’t previously considered.”
Dawn Hubert, financial manager for student involvement, said the new site will make it more convenient for event planners, especially student groups. “This prevents the need for a student to sit on site with a money box, and will also prevent the possibility of fraud or counterfeiting tickets,” she said. “And it will be easy for students to see if tickets are still available.”
Jaromin said one of the long-term goals is to develop relations with off-campus venues, such as theaters and local entertainment venues, to negotiate discounts for the campus community.