Season tickets nearly double in price for faculty, staff

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    An addition to the season ticket package for the Oct. 28 TCU-BYU game at Cowboys Stadium will mean TCU faculty and staff will pay almost double the price of last year’s season ticket price.

    The increase in ticket price has everything to do with adding the seventh home game at Cowboys Stadium, Sean Conner, TCU director of ticket operations, said.

    The faculty or non-faculty ticket prices for the six home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium stayed the same, Conner said. The difference in price from the 2010 season was the additional $45 for non-club and $65 for club seats at Cowboys Stadium.

    This would mean faculty and staff would either pay $120 for upper section seats at Amon G. Carter Stadium and non-club seats at Cowboys Stadium or $140 for lower section at Amon G. Carter and club seats at Cowboys Stadium, Conner said.

    David Vanderwerken, professor of English, wrote in an email he had no problem with the increase of season ticket pricing for TCU faculty and staff.

    “We have had one of the most modest prices for faculty season ticket prices for many years. If you check the athletic websites of the last national football polls of the top 10 schools for 2010, I think you’ll see what a bargain TCU has been,” Vanderwerken wrote.

    Non-faculty season ticket-holders also will see an increase in prices next season. Last year, a lower-level reserved seat cost $210. Now, the same seat costs $275 this season. Non-faculty season ticket-holders also do not have the ability to “opt out” of the TCU-BYU game at Cowboys Stadium, according to the TCU Athletics website.

    Dianna McFarland, professor of psychology and faculty senate chair for 2010-11, wrote in an email that she believed the price was fair given the addition of the Cowboys Stadium game. She added, however, that giving faculty and staff options on pricing would be nice.

    “Personally I do think it to be a very smart pricing strategy to have the choice to ‘opt out’ of going to a single ball game that only because of location is responsible for approximately 45 [percent] of the price for attending all the games,” McFarland wrote.

    Kathy Coleman, instructor of mathematics, agreed that an option to only purchase tickets that included all six home games at Amon G. Carter Stadium would be ideal for her.

    Coleman said she has been a season ticket-holder since 1989 but that this year could be the first time in more than 20 years that she would not buy season tickets.

    “I prefer only to go to the home games at Amon Carter,” Coleman said.

    Coleman said she thought the extra ticket should not be a requirement, especially for people like her that would not want to attend the Cowboys Stadium game.

    Conner said season ticket-holders do get a price break as opposed to buying single-game tickets, which would range from $30 to $40 for adults in the 2011 season, according to the TCU Athletics website.

    Last year, the game at Cowboys Stadium against Oregon State was not a mandatory inclusion in the season ticket package.

    Conner said the game was not a home game for TCU, but a neutral site game. TCU was not able to set the prices for the game, and because ticket prices for the single game would increase season ticket prices to more than twice the normal price, it was decided to not include the game in the season ticket package.

    But next season’s TCU-BYU game at Cowboys Stadium would be a home game for the Frogs. Since it is a home game, TCU was able to set the price, Conner said.

    For this reason, TCU decided to add the ticket into the season ticket package. Conner said he believed season ticket holders were still getting a deal.

    Ticket prices for the Oregon State-TCU game last September ranged from $75 to $150, compared to the $45 for non-club and $65 for club seats for the TCU-BYU game, Conner said.

    “[$120 or $140] to watch a defending Rose Bowl champion football team play seven games — you can’t beat that price. It’s a fantastic price,” Conner said.

    He said non-season ticket-holders would be able to purchase tickets for the game starting Aug. 1.

    For more information on season ticket prices and seating, visit gofrogs.cstv.com/tickets/tcu-tickets-football.html.

    Football Ticket Price Comparisons for 2010 and 2011

    2011 Football Season Ticket Prices

    Lower Reserved $275

    Upper Reserved $165

    TCU Faculty and Staff lower section $140

    TCU Faculty and Staff upper section $120

     

    2011 Football Single Game Ticket Prices

    Adult Sideline $40

    Adult North Endzone Reserved $30

    Adult South Endzone General Admission $30

    Youth South Endzone General Admission $20

     

    TCU vs. BYU at Cowboys Stadium Single Game Ticket Prices

    Club seating $75

    Non-club seating $55

    TCU Students $25

     

    2010 Football Season Ticket Prices

    Lower Reserved $210

    Upper Reserved $120

    TCU Faculty and Staff $75

    2010 Football Single Game Ticket Prices

    Sideline reserved $40

    Upper deck reserved $30

    End Zone General Admission adult $30

    End Zone General Admission youth $20

     

    TCU vs. Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium

    End zone $75

    300 club level $100

    Club seats $150