Rose Bowl tickets are scarce, but Michigan State trustees can claim up to 20 each

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - They're calling it the hottest selling Rose Bowl ticket ever, with prices averaging nearly $1,200 each. 

Michigan State University sold out of tickets so fast that more than 7,000 fans were left with nothing.  Season ticket holders could claim only two tickets each, while donors could grab up to four. 

With tickets at such a historic demand, 7 Action News wanted to know how just how many the school's trustees would be taking for themselves.  

Answers were hard to find.

Trustees Dianne Byrum and Faylene Owen refused to answer when Investigator Ross Jones approached them at last week's meeting of the Board of Trustees.  Board  President Joel Ferguson reacted harshly: twisting Jones's microphone and telling him to "get out of my face."

7 Action News later learned that each of MSU's trustees can claim up to 20 Rose Bowl tickets; four they receive free of charge and 16 more that they can buy for face value.

For eight trustees, that's as many as 160 tickets.

Like the school's trustees, its communications teams has gone dark too. School spokesman Jason Cody wouldn't say how many tickets trustees have even asked for, adding by phone that we can find out only after the Rose Bowl is over.

Then, he hung up.

One trustee who didn't run from 7 Action News is Diann Woodard, who freely admitted she's collecting only 2 tickets.  As for the rest, 7 Action News will continue to press MSU officials for answers.

Contact Investigator Ross Jones at rjones@wxyz.com or at (248) 827-9466.

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