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Archive for Wednesday, September 22, 1993

KU STUDENTS CAN FIND BARGAIN IN ALL-SPORTS TICKET PACKAGE

September 22, 1993

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Kansas University student Ken Doresky doesn't buy an $85 multisport season ticket because it gets him in Jayhawk football games.

"I don't go to football. I got it for basketball," said Doresky, a Lawrence senior.

He said $85 is a good price unless demand for KU men's basketball tickets forces a lottery this year and he gets shut out.

"I'm thinking of going to graduate school," Doresky said. "My goal is to stay in school until Kansas wins the national championship."

The price KU students pay to attend the two major college sporting events -- football and men's basketball -- compares favorably to other Big Eight Conference schools.

Only two of the conference's universities require students to fork over less than KU for season tickets.

Missouri has the most expensive ticket package, charging students $123 for basketball and football.

"We think it's an excellent deal," said George Hough, ticket manager. "The price didn't go up this year."

The bargain is at Colorado, which charges $22 for a season pass to football and $3 a game, or about $52 a season, to basketball.

CU ticket manager John Degling said 14,000 football season tickets available to students sell out in a day or two. Only about 1,000 students watch basketball.

"Basketball has been free in the past," he said.

Here are season ticket prices for men's basketball and football at the other Big Eight schools:

-- Nebraska, $117.

-- Kansas State, $109.

-- Oklahoma State, $98.

-- Iowa State, $84.

-- Oklahoma, $80.

Bernie Kish, KU ticket manager, said the university had received a record number of requests from students for combination football and basketball tickets.

"It's fueled by KU's Aloha Bowl game and ongoing success of the basketball program," he said.

KU sells $33 season tickets for football but doesn't do the same for basketball. That squeezes more money from basketball fans such as Doresky who have no interest in football.

Ticket sales for football at Nebraska -- the Big Eight's football powerhouse -- have declined during the past decade from 16,000 to 6,700.

"I hope it hits bottom soon. Students work and have 100 others things to do. Football isn't the No. 1 thing to do anymore," said Cindy Bell, NU's ticket manager.

OU ticket manager John Walker said lack of student demand for basketball tickets had kept prices down for Sooners fans. OU hasn't sold out the 2,800-seat student section for basketball games in several years.

"The last couple years we've seen a decline in sales to about 2,000," he said.

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