Are season tickets the way to go??

Rocketman5000 does it again...<br><i>This time he delves into the question of Season Tickets.</i><br><br>When the Athletic Department made some changes to the season ticket policy at Boise State last year there was a lot of confusion about what was done, and why it happened. The comparison of Boise State's season ticket policy, alongside other regional & national schools should help clear up some of the confusion... and show us all just how fortunate we really are!

COMPARISON OF THE COST OF SEASON TICKETS

In my experience volunteering to sell Boise State season tickets this year, one of the reasons I heard from those that didn't commit was that they thought the Bronco Athletic Association fee was too high or shouldn't be required. I am the first to admit that this is no small chunk of change. Yes, the BAA fee is tax-deductible for some, and that helps ease the pain somewhat. Really the overwhelming advantage to joining the BAA (besides getting tremendous seats) is that the money raised through the Association helps to pay scholarships for all the student-athletes on campus in all sports. As you can imagine, that is a lot of money when you add football, basketball, gymnastics, track & field, tennis, wrestling, skiing, etc.

I think helping these students get an education is worth the price of a BAA membership, but I gave their opinions a good deal of thought. Do other schools require membership to purchase season tickets? . Does Boise State charge too much for BAA membership? As you can see from the information in the table, the answers are a resounding yes and no, respectively. In researching the information for this table, I tried to get a good cross-section of schools, mostly Western and mid-majors but also a few of the other programs that define success.

As you can see, every school for which I found information on requires a membership to get any kind of season ticket between the goal lines. The prices ranged from $75 at East Carolina to a minimum of $350 at University of California. Boise State's required fee of $100 seems very reasonable and is in line with all the schools compared. The premium seats at Boise State ($1000) pale in comparison to nearly all of the other schools. Air Force has $100,000 season ticket seats.

The price of season tickets to follow the #12 team in the nation ($128 per seat) also compares very favorably as well. For those who had already finalized ticket prices at the time of this article, Arizona had a low of $100 (although most are $155) and Texas A & M charges $375. Only 5 of the 25 schools compared charge less for season tickets than does Boise State.

Further, five of the schools charge the students for season tickets, ranging from $40 per season at Texas A & M to $75 at Michigan State. And, the per-game average ticket price of $21.33 is the lowest of all the schools with ticket prices released for the 2003 season.

Like it or not, college athletics cost a lot of money, and attending college isn't cheap either. When you consider:

  1. That your BAA fee is paying for all of the student-athletes in all of the sports that Boise State offers,
  2. That it is tax-deductible for many, and
  3. The amount that Boise State charges for BAA membership, season tickets and individual game tickets is either in-line or incredibly cheap,

It is apparent that not only are Bronco football fans not paying too much for season tickets but in fact getting a tremendous bargain.

 

SCHOOL

ORGANIZATION

MIN FEE

MAX FEE

SEASON TIX

STUDENT

PER GAME

Air Force

Blue & Silver Club

$75

$100,000

$137.50 ??

$17.50-$32.50

Arizona

Wildcat Club

$100

$20,000

$120-$150

none

$23-$61

Arizona St.

Sun Angel Foundation

$250

$ 1,000

$100-$155

none

??

Boise State

Bronco Athletic Assn.

$100

$ 1,000

$128

none

$21.50

BYU

Cougar Club

$100

$ 1,000

$156

$85

$30-$35

California

Bear Backers

$350

$ 5,500

$199

$66

$40

Cincinnati

UCATS

$100

$25,000

$126

none

$22

Colorado St.

Greater Ram Club

$100

$10,000

$145-$180

none

??

East Carolina

Pirate Club

$75

$14,153

$165

none

$25-$35

Florida

Gator Boosters

$100

$12,000

$138

none

$22-$36

Fresno State

Bulldog Foundation

$324

$ 8,500

$150

none

??

Georgia

Bulldog Club

$200

$ 2,500

$192

$48

??

Hawaii

??

$100

??

$135

none

$19-$33

Louisville

Cardinal Club

$100

$25,000

$168

$42

$28

Marshall

??

$300

$2500

$85-$220

none

$25-$40

Miami

Hurricane Club

$300

$15,000

$290-$360

none

??

Michigan St

?? ?? ??

$266

$116

$42-$52

New Mexico

Lobo Club

$100

$ 1,000

$133 ?? ??

Oklahoma

Sooner Club

?? ?? ??

none

$35-$60

Oregon

Duck Athletic Fund

$100

$13,800

$195

none

??

Oregon St.

Beaver Athletic Student Fund

?? ??

$195

none

$33-$55

Penn State

Nittany Lion Club

$150

$15,000

$150

none

??

San Diego State

Aztec Club

$100

$10,000

?? ?? ??

Southern Mississippi

Eagle Club

?? ??

$165-$189

none

$40

Stanford

Buck/Cardinal Club ?? ??

$160-$190

none

??

TCU

Frog Club

?? ??

$120

none

??

Texas A&M

12th Man Foundation

$100

$ 7,500

$375

$40-$75

$50-$75

UNLV

?? ?? ??

$140

none

$26

Utah

Crimson Club

$100

$ 400

$171-$183

none

??

Washington

Tyee Club

$150

$ 4,000

$147 End Zone

none

??

Washington State

WSU Athletic Foundation

$130

$ 943

$135

none

$27

Wyoming

Cowboy Joe Club

$100

$10,000

$108

none

$20-$25


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