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O/NSO: Big ticket items edition

By Greg Katz – WeAreSC

The Obvious: The Trojans will open the season against defending national champion Alabama on Sept. 3 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Not So Obvious: The official name of the game is the Advocare Classic 2016.

The Obvious: Earlier this week, Trojans season ticket holders were given information regarding tickets and ticket prices for the USC/Alabama Game.

The Not So Obvious: In order to purchase tickets or participate in the lottery through USC and sit in the USC sections for the season opener against the Crimson Tide, you must be a 2016 Trojan Athletic Fund member and/or 2016 Football Season Ticket Holder.

The Obvious: It figured that pricing and seat locations for those able to purchase tickets through USC wouldn’t be cheap.

The Not So Obvious: If you get the opportunity to purchase tickets through the USC Ticket Department, the price range is as follows for support group members: Scholarship Members (8 tickets in the club at $300 per ticket), Committee Members (6 tickets in the club at $300 per ticket) Cardinal & Gold Premier, Cardinal & Gold, Women of Troy (4 tickets at $200 per ticket), and Trojan Club (2 tickets at $100 per ticket via lottery)

The Obvious: Tickets for the USC/Alabama game for general season ticket holders will be handled by lottery.

The Not So Obvious: Yes, you “General STH” get your shot at two tickets maximum if you are selected in a lottery after applying for tickets. The cost? Only $100 per ticket with a two-ticket maximum. Zing!

The Obvious: Like most major USC events of great interest, there is a deadline to submit a request for ticket orders.

The Not So Obvious: The deadline to order tickets to the Advocare Classic is March 25.

The Obvious: There is a seating chart available to see where Trojans fans will seat for the season opener at AT&T Stadium.

The Not So Obvious: Trojans fans will sit behind the USC bench and will stretch around to behind the end zone. There are four levels at AT&T Stadium with different price ranges. The $300 seats are on three separate levels behind the USC bench. The $200 seats are located in both the two highest levels of the stadium running both down the sidelines and rapping around behind the end zone. The $100 seats are located at the highest level of the stadium and run from around the 5-yard line to behind the end zone.

The Obvious: Tickets will be made available for USC undergraduate students wanting to attend the USC/Alabama game.

The Not So Obvious: USC Student lottery is open only to returning undergraduate students who renew their season pass. Cost for a ticket to the big game in Texas will be $50 per ticket.

The Obvious: There is nothing more exciting than being in a lottery, especially if you win.

The Not So Obvious: Lottery winners for those that are hoping for two tickets to the USC/Alabama game will be announced during the first week of April.

The Obvious: There is nothing quite like price inflation when it comes to parking your car at a major stadium.

The Not So Obvious: For those wishing to plan ahead and reserve a space for the Adovare Classic 2016 at AT&T Stadium, parking passes are $50 in advance and $55 day of game. RV and Bus parking is $150 per pass and limo parking is $125 per pass. Parking will be made available via a direct link in late spring so all USC TAF members and season ticket holders can make an advance purchase.

The Obvious: The renowned Trojans Marching Band (photo above) will attend the USC/Alabama game.

The Not So Obvious: The Spirit of Troy will be seated on the lowest level where the backline of the Trojans end zone and sideline intersect. See, sometimes it pays to be part of Art Bartner’s magical music machine.

The Obvious: Trojans field goal kicker Alex Wood has elected to forego his final season of eligibility.

The Not So Obvious: Wood gave no public reason for not returning to the team, but it will set up competition in the future between junior Matt Boermeester and incoming blue shirt freshman kicker Michael Brown (Temecula, Calif./ Linfield Christian). Brown is a two-time All-State and All-CIF selection and gets your attention having deposited 62 of 68 kickoffs for touchbacks this past season. As for field goals, Brown made 9 of 13 field goal attempts, including an eye-opener 57- yarder.

The Obvious: The Trojans did not recruit any fullbacks in the recruiting class of 2016 for Clay Helton’s offense.

The Not So Obvious: According to Helton in a social media Q&A session, the Trojans will use their tight ends as fullback substitutes. Happy now?

The Obvious: And finally, the Trojans received a commitment from Class of 2018 quarterback Matt Corral.

The Not So Obvious: The O/NSO knows what you’re thinking; it’s still a couple of years away and anything can happen with the gifted Corral. He does say that USC has been his dream school for a long time and there is nothing like walking down the famous Coliseum players tunnel. The Tunnel remains one of the Trojans must recruiters.

Greg Katz
Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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