Ocean State University (OSU) football team is participating in its season opener this friday against West Coast University. The game will be played in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which is half way between the two campuses. This is the first match up between the two schools, and no future games have been scheduled.
Both institutions have several prospective student-athletes in the area that would like to attend. Can OSU and West Coast provide those prospects with complimentary admissions?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 8/26/16- Complimentary Admissions for a Prospective Student-Athlete to Attend a Neutral-Site Competition (I)– states that each institution participating in a regular-season neutral-site single contest in team sports (e.g., one football game) or a regular-season neutral-site single event in individual sports (e.g., one track meet) may consider it as a home contest or event for purposes of providing complimentary admissions to prospective student-athletes, provided:
(a) The contest is not organized or administered by a participating institution (i.e., the event is organized and administered by a third party); and
(b) The participating institutions do not compete against each other on an annual or regular basis (e.g., members of same conference, traditional rivalry).
[References: NCAA Bylaws: 188.8.131.52 (complimentary admissions) and 184.108.40.206 (home games at site other than regular home facility) and a staff interpretation (11/9/88, Item No. a), which has been archived]
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