Archive for Saturday, August 16, 2003

Men’s basketball ticket prices boosted

Tier system divides Allen Fieldhouse into three sections

August 16, 2003


Ticket prices for Kansas University men's home basketball games have gone up, but not in the traditional fashion.

The KU Athletic Corp. board in May adopted a tier system for price increases.

"The plan has fair and equitable pricing schemes," said Susan Williams, an associate professor of engineering who chaired the board's finance committee. "We think it's a fair plan. Most of our peer institutions have similar plans."

Allen Fieldhouse has been divided into three sections -- gold, light blue and dark blue. Instead of all tickets costing $30, each section will have different prices.

Gold seats are in the prime areas between the end zones. All of the chairback seats are in that area, and prime seats will cost $35 for the 2003-2004 season.

"We talked about going to $40," Williams said, "but we didn't want to do that all at once."

Light-blue seats are the remaining public and faculty-staff reserved seats. They'll cost $32.

Dark-blue seats are for students and for general admission when students don't pick up their tickets and make GA available. The GA ticket price will remain $30. Student seats are available only through a combination football-men's basketball ticket. The price of that combo ticket was boosted from $100 to $125 by earlier board action.

In reality, the increased cost of single-game gold and light-blue seats is moot because they are available only in season-ticket packages. KU will have two fewer home games next season because the Jayhawks are not in the Preseason NIT, so the cost of a light-blue season ticket will go up just $2 from $511 to $513. However, the gold season tickets will jump to $561. Gold faculty-staff tickets will climb from $409 to $449 and faculty-staff light blue from $409 to $410.

"If the people who sit in the gold seats don't want to pay the increase," Williams said, "we'll be happy to move them somewhere else."

That's not likely because of the long waiting list for season tickets.

The price adjustment -- the first in three years -- will generate an additional $493,238 for the 2003-2004 fiscal year budget, Williams said.

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