Archive for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

KU athletics offering promotions leading to men’s basketball tickets for as little as $10

Unused student seats being resold

Kansas fans come to their feet in the north end zone as the Jayhawks leave the court Wednesday following warmups in preparation for tipoff against Alcorn State at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas Athletics Inc. is discounting seats normally reserved for students at $10 a seat.

Kansas fans come to their feet in the north end zone as the Jayhawks leave the court Wednesday following warmups in preparation for tipoff against Alcorn State at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas Athletics Inc. is discounting seats normally reserved for students at $10 a seat.

December 2, 2009

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Tickets for selected games featuring America’s top-ranked college basketball team are being sold for less than the price of a souvenir mini KU basketball. Bill Self’s Jayhawks — No. 1 in the polls since preseason — can be seen for as little as $10 at Allen Fieldhouse and at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., as Kansas Athletics Inc. works to resell tickets anticipated to be left unused by Kansas University students departing campus for winter break.

The online deals tipped off over the Thanksgiving holiday and remained in play through the day Wednesday. Kansas Athletics sends out such discount notifications and promotional codes online, to people who have signed up for updates.

“This is something new,” said Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director. “We want to make games available to those who they would not normally be available to, at a time when the students are not on campus.”

About 4,000 seats normally reserved for students are being offered for resale as general-admission seats at the 16,300-seat fieldhouse, Marchiony said. The fieldhouse games included in the promotion are Dec. 9 against Radford and Jan. 6 against Cornell.

Also available at a discount: Dec. 12 against LaSalle, at Sprint Center. “We’ll just sell them while supplies last,” Marchiony said.

Marchiony acknowledges that he cannot recall a time when tickets for Kansas men’s basketball had sold for so little. Outside the promotion, general-admission tickets at the fieldhouse regularly are $35, he said, and season tickets carry a face value of $50 or $65.

Wednesday night’s game against winless Alcorn State was the 133rd consecutive sellout at the fieldhouse, and the streak will be guaranteed to continue even if some of the general-admission seats go unsold. That’s because all of the 4,000 student seats were sold out before the football season, when students bought football and basketball season tickets for a total of $150.

Such tickets are loaded onto KU students’ ID cards, and Kansas Athletics officials regularly anticipate that a portion of those students won’t show up for games during break.

Comments

parrothead8 5 years, 7 months ago

Man, it would be really cool if this story gave a link where people could go to buy these tickets.

timetospeakup 5 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, typical of the ljworld to not add the real details

timetospeakup 5 years, 7 months ago

Any word from the editorial staff why they don't just include the link for where to buy these tickets? Why when legislation is discussed, no bill number is ever listed?

I thought journalists exist to inform - give us the information!

NotASquishHead 5 years, 7 months ago

"Marchiony acknowledges that he cannot recall a time when tickets for Kansas men’s basketball had sold for so little."

That's because these tickets over Christmas break used to be GIVEN to grade schools, etc. Now they are for sale... nice.

frank mcguinness 5 years, 7 months ago

kuathletics.com-buy tickets online-select radford, cornell or laSalle at the sprint center.

Too easy.

If you subcribe to their emails you would have received the offer a week ago.

frank mcguinness 5 years, 7 months ago

P.S. it's easy to get tix every year when the students are gone.

frank mcguinness 5 years, 7 months ago

On a final note they are only for the games where we will win 100-25 each time.

password 5 years, 7 months ago

hey "rooster" - it would be great to see them play no matter if they win by 75 or lose. it's such an awesome experience to be at a game, especially for those of us who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to go.

Jay_lo 5 years, 7 months ago

And the promo code that you need to enter to actually purchase those tickets at the reduced price is???

maxcrabb 5 years, 7 months ago

Went to the game for $10! It was great. Went home and bought tickets for the Bradford game.

Sure it was a blowout, but it's nice to see a game in person.

booze_buds_03 5 years, 7 months ago

Promo code=KUWW. Sign up for the emails, they come every wednesday and normally include great deals on tickets.

compmd 5 years, 7 months ago

So in other words, Kansas Athletics is going to sell tickets they have already sold hoping that students won't show up to claim them. What happens if students do show up? Maybe the KU Athletics lawyers should read the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. If they sell tickets to students knowing they are unable to use them, it is obvious to any judge that is an "unconscionable act" under KSA 50-627(b). You can't sell someone something believing they won't be able to use it.

Lew, you are a greedy bastard.

alm77 5 years, 7 months ago

So, does this mean they won't be giving tickets to the elementary schools this year?

Compmd, last year, when we got the free tickets through our kids' elementary school one year, we were told to "fill in wherever". The ticket holders were irate when they showed up and we were in their spots. I tried to explain, but they didn't seem to believe that the university would give away the seats they'd been "sitting in all season". Imagine how irate people are going to be if this happens to them when they've both PAID for tickets.

Good luck with that, KU.

T_Time 5 years, 7 months ago

"Fill in" in GA wherever. And you think KU should give you the ticket free?

hesshawk 5 years, 7 months ago

GA tickets don't have a row and seat number, so people that have them just grab the best spaces they can get in the GA sections. So unless you are jumping someone else's seats that are not in the GA sections, you should never meet up with an "irate ticket holder"

alm77 5 years, 7 months ago

GA was full. They let us in anyway and told us to "fill in where ever". Yes, you're right. I should have never met up with them, but that's what happened.

alm77 5 years, 7 months ago

Oh, and T-Time, no, I'm not feeling entitled to free tickets (like you wouldn't take free tickets if offered); I'm saying I wouldn't want to pay for them this year when my previous experience with that scenario was so uncomfortable.

tanaumaga 5 years, 7 months ago

What about all of the high dollar seats that were open last night? I don't care if were playing one of the weakest teams in div. 1, use the tickets or move over for someone else to....and let's try staying all the way through the game...it makes rock chalk better.

ToriFreak13 5 years, 7 months ago

gotta love the ad below for collegefootballstore.com displaying K-State stuff lol Reselling tickets...whodathunkit eh Marchiony. Such brilliant businessmen finding another scheme they can get away with.....for now.

TopJayhawk 5 years, 7 months ago

It does not matter what the Athletic Dept. does. People want to whine, hate and blame Lew for everything. No one will ever be pleased.
And if you don't like Lew, keep your money in your pocket and stay out of the way. Staying quiet would also be nice.

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