Jackson State Tigers fans Jackson State Tigers fans cheer on their team as Alabama State Hornets takes on Jackson State Tigers at ASU Stadium in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022. Jackson State Tigers leads Alabama State Hornets 10-6 at halftime.

It’s a huge weekend for the Jackson State Tigers. Not only is Deion Sanders’ program hosting HBCU rival Southern but they’ll be doing so under the spotlight of ESPN’s College GameDay, which will be in Jackson, Mississippi.

Jackson State comes into the game with a record of 7-0 and finds itself ranked No. 9 in the nation in the FCS subdivision. Given all of that, it’s clear that the hype is going to be through the roof and so will the demands for tickets to the big game.

Because of that high demand, the Tigers’ athletic department announced a ticket policy ahead of Saturday’s game that states they will only honor tickets purchased through Impact Tickets, which means any tickets purchased via third-party services such as Ticketmaster, Seat Geek, or StubHub will be honored.

Now, Jackson State had done this before so it’s not something they’re doing just to take advantage of the demand for this game. However, for rival fans and others who are not JSU fans, the policy is rubbing a lot of people the wrong way. That’s especially true for those who have already purchased tickets through third-party sellers and didn’t realize what the policy entailed.

Sanders and his Jackson State program have made a lot of noise in the last two seasons, sometimes ruffling feathers with the media, rival coaches, and rival schools. This latest move is sure to add a bit more fuel to the fire as other HBCU schools attempt to keep up with the Tigers.

[Jackson State Athletics]

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