Stadium renovations limit single ticket sales

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    Dean Bailey purchases season tickets for the next TCU football season after their perfect season topped off by a Rose Bowl victory. Photo by Chelsea Katz
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    With the changes to the football stadium, all football season ticket holders would be accommodated, while fewer tickets would be allotted for walk-ups and single-game ticket buyers, Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said.

    Although season tickets were at an all-time high during this year’s football season, Del Conte said all season ticket holders from last season would have a seat in Amon G. Carter Stadium as it is being renovated. He added that the student section would not be affected by the decreased number of available seats.

    “Our students will always have a seat in the stadium,” he said.

    Davis Babb, associate athletics director for development, said there would be about 33,000 seats available in the stadium during the 2011 season, compared with the 44,008 seats available before the implosion.

    With the lower number of available seats, only season tickets will guarantee admittance to TCU football games, Del Conte said. Therefore, more single-game ticket buyers might buy season tickets to guarantee their places at the games.

    “Instead of having single-game buyers cherry-pick “X’ amount of games, you’re going to have a limited number of games,” Del Conte said. “A lot of our fans are single-game buyers, and they don’t miss a game,” he said.

    Babb said he hoped the number of season tickets sold would increase to more than 20,000 tickets in the upcoming 2011 season. He said, however, he expected the increase in season ticket sales to limit the number of tickets available for single games to about 10,000 each game.

    There were a little more than 19,000 season tickets sold last year with between 4,000 and 5,000 students attending games, Babb said.

    Single-game tickets would go on sale once the season ticket sales ended, and Babb said he believed that people would buy individual game tickets earlier than in the past.

    T. Ross Bailey, associate athletics director for operations, said because of the construction, some season ticket holders would be moved to different areas of the stadium, such as the north endzone or the east side of the stadium, for the 2011 season.

    Bailey said renewals for 2011 season tickets had not come out yet.

    Although the renovation would continue through the 2011 season, Del Conte said games would still be played at home.

    “Something is truly special about playing games on a college campus, the pomp and circumstance, the tailgating,” Del Conte said. “You get a chance to show off your campus.”

    Bailey said work crews would continue working on the stadium through the fall and would make sure the site was safe for fans on game days. The stadium is scheduled to be completed for the 2012 football season.

    Football Ticket Sales

    Last season:

    Number of seats available 8212; 44,008

    Number of season tickets sold 8212; more than 19,000

    Student attendees per game 8212; between 4,000 and 5,000

    2011 season:

    Number of seats available 8212; 33,000

    Projected number of season tickets to be sold 8212; at least 20,000