WKU Athletics, Official College Sports Network Offer Online Ticket Sales

Oct. 18, 2002

BOLWING GREEN, Ky. - The Official College Sports Network, the Web's largest network of official college athletic sites with 136 official partnerships, and the Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics announced Friday the launch of an Internet feature that will allow Hilltopper men's and women's basketball tickets to be purchased online. FANSeats will offer a secure online transaction form on Western Kentucky's Official Athletic Site, www.wkusports.com in which fans may purchase single-game tickets for the 2002-2003 basketball season beginning Monday, October 21.

WKU Ticket Manager Jim Cope says ticket buying will be easier for fans this year. "We're very pleased to be able to provide another outlet for our fans to purchase men's and women's basketball tickets. With the heavy demand we are experiencing, this is a convenient and efficient way to make Hilltopper basketball seats available 24 hours a day."

"Moving business functions online helps Athletic Departments better serve the needs of their fans, while also easing the staffing needs that many universities face," said Russell Wright, Director of University Relations for OCSN. "Western Kentucky's ability to sell tickets directly from their Official Athletic Site will increase their ticketing distribution channels and allows their fan base to have 24/7 access to purchase tickets."

OCSN is entering its third season of offering a secure online transaction solution to Athletic Departments to sell athletic tickets online. During the 2001-2002 athletic season, 24 schools participated in the FANSeats program generating nearly $1 million in online ticketing transactions.

The Official College Sports Network (OCSN), formerly the FANSonly Network, is the largest and most-trafficked on the Web devoted exclusively to college sports. Through its Official Athletic Sites, OCSN provides online brand management, content delivery, consumer marketing and business/commerce solutions to 136 university athletic departments and conferences throughout the country. CollegeSports.com serves as the network hub for individual Official Athletic Sites and 87 Official Team Stores.

For more information, contact either Tom Keith in the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation office (270-745-2468 or tom.keith@wku.edu) or OCSN's Kevin McDonough (404-592-3239 or kmcdonough@ocsn.com).

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