TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The University of Alabama announced in a letter that more than half of the ticket requests from the school's faculty and staff for 2007 football games will be denied.
The letter sent Tuesday to people associated with the university says the ticket office will use a priority system to determine which staff and faculty members get tickets.
The new policy is a result of "increased demand," The Birmingham News reported on its Web site Wednesday.
Already high interest in Crimson Tide football spiked after the hiring of coach Nick Saban in January.
More than 9300 requests for tickets were submitted by faculty and staff, according to the letter.
About 4500 tickets had been set aside for the group, which is about the same number as last year. As a result, 4800 ticket requests are being turned down.
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