Sam Corbett may be the luckiest sports fan in the city. Last year, the consultant for the University of Louisvilleâ€™s College of Education and the Fund for the Arts discovered heâ€™d been chosen winner of the Golden Ticket raffle, presented by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC).
The second annual drawing took place last spring and offered Corbett the chance of a lifetime to attend many of the major athletic events hosted in Louisville. Corbettâ€™s Golden TicketÂ granted him admission to the Kentucky Oaks and Derby, last seasonâ€™s Louisville Bats home games, the Quaker State 400, Bellarmine University menâ€™s basketball games, the 2012 NCAA Division I Womenâ€™s Volleyball National Championship and VIP access to the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships.
The Voice-Tribune spoke with Corbett, whose family owns Sam Meyers, about his yearâ€™s worth of enviable sports fan experience as the 2012 winner of LSCâ€™s Golden Ticket.
â€“ Ashley Anderson, Staff Writer, The Voice-Tribune
What was your reaction when you found out you won the Golden Ticket?
It was kind of interesting. I was sitting at home, it was a Tuesday night, and my phone rang, and the caller ID flashed up â€œKarl Schmitt.â€ … My initial reaction was, â€œWhy is Karl calling?â€ And then it hit me, I bet I won that ticket!
As Golden Ticket winner you got to choose between UofL or UK football and basketball season tickets. Did you go with the Cards or the Cats?
I chose the UofL tickets. This became a very one-sided transaction because my youngest son basically commandeered most of the tickets â€“ he really was the Golden Ticket winner. My son Matt, he went to probably two thirds of the games. He really quite enjoyed himself, so I donâ€™t know what heâ€™s going to doÂ next season.
What were your seats like at the events you attended?
They would be different each game, but generally I would say they ranged from really good to okay.
What was your favorite event out of all that you attended?
I think given the success of the basketball team, I think some of the key games that I went to were kind of the most memorable part of the experience, but Iâ€™d never diminish the significance of the Kentucky Oaks or Derby, either.
Did you have a chance to visit the Cyclocross World Championships?
Having never experienced that, I didnâ€™t know much about it until the competition started â€“ that wasÂ really exciting.
So, Iâ€™m guessing based on your experience, youâ€™d encourage other people to enter the Golden TicketÂ raffle, too?
Definitely. The odds are so good, and I actually went online last spring and priced out the Oaks and Derby part. If you had bought those tickets online and factor their value. … (The total Golden Ticket sports package) is a value of (probably) $15,000 to $20,000.
Will you be entering the drawing for the Golden Ticket again this year?
Oh yeah. I was talking with Karl the other day (and I said), â€œWhatâ€™s the probability of having a back-to-back winner?â€
Grab The GOLDEN TICKET
The Louisville Sports Commission will draw the winner of its annual Golden Ticket raffle on the evening of Tuesday, April 23.
This yearâ€™s winner will receive two tickets to each 2013-2014 regular season home football and basketball game of the major university in either Louisville or Lexington, winnerâ€™s choice. The Golden Ticket recipient will also receive two tickets to the 2013 Kentucky Oaks; 2013 Kentucky Derby; 2013 Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, Bluegrass Club; 2013 Louisville Bats season home games; 2014 Paul Hornung Award Banquet and the 2014 PGA Championship.
A total of 350 tickets will be sold at $100 each. The Golden Ticket winner need not be present at the time of the drawing. To purchase a ticket, visit www.louisvillesports.org, call 502.587.6742 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact writer Ashley Anderson at email@example.com, 502.498.2051.