SGA may offer buses for b-ball fans

Transportation may be offered for Miami (Ohio), Kent State games.

Ball State students may have the opportunity to take a student fan bus to at least two men's basketball games this season.

Student Government Association is working to provide transportation for students to two out-of-state games against Mid-American Conference opponents, SGA president Tommy Rector said.

"We are looking at the games against Kent State and Miami (Ohio) to try to provide busing to those games," Rector said.

The Cardinals travel to Kent State Jan. 2 and to Miami Jan. 26.

Rector said an advance of about three weeks is needed to plan for such a busing program.

"We had been trying to get a bus for the IU game (Sat.)," Rector said. "But we couldn't get enough tickets and the game sold out."

Funding is the major factor involved with busing students to athletic events, Rector said.

"To run a bus trip, the price range is about $2,000 for 47 people," Rector said. "For the trip to the football game at Kentucky, we worked with the Office of University Advancement and Cardinal Varsity Club. They provided buses for that."

An effort to provide student buses to Northern Illinois University when Ball State played for the MAC West championship Nov. 17 failed because of lack of funding and problems scheduling a bus company, Rector said.

Rector said the funding and scheduling problems were unfortunate and hopefully not to be repeated.

"The men's basketball team has been really successful this year, which will be a big plug for students to get involved in trips like these," Rector said. "We really do have a good time."

Promotional efforts at home basketball games are also in the works, Rector said. SGA is working with radio station WLBC (104.1) and other organizations to coordinate such programs, which would include games and prizes for men's basketball games at home.