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Ticket Marketplace to be offered online

Williams Fund members can scalp tickets

July 8, 2009


Kansas University basketball ticket holders will be able to scalp their seats to individual games with the blessing of the athletic department this season.

Williams Fund members — who wish to net more than face value — can attempt to do so in 2009-10 at “Jayhawk Ticket Marketplace” on the school’s Web site —

The procedure is similar to that of Web sites such as, in which ticket-holders set their own price for resale of their tickets.

Any interested buyer must not only pay that price, but a 20 percent surcharge. That 20 percent surcharge will go to KU’s Williams Fund.

“It’s a service for our ticket-holders,” said KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony. “We understand there are games that our ticket-holders can’t get to, and it’s a way for them to recover some of the cost of tickets.”

Marchiony says KU officials realize “there is a secondary market out there, and season-ticket-holders sometimes can’t go to all the games.”

Hence the department has decided to partner with fans who in the past probably have used Ebay or Stubhub or various other resale sites.

“By doing it with Ticket Marketplace,” Marchiony said, “you are not only encouraging people to join the Williams Fund (for a minimum of $100 per school year), but when somebody buys a ticket, there is an automatic contribution to the Williams Fund (surcharge).

“The other part of it is Kansas athletics is guaranteeing the security and the validity of the whole process. If a ticket is up there on Jayhawk Ticket Marketplace, you can be assured nothing will go wrong and we’ll make good on availability of the ticket. It’s a no-worry process for the purchaser.”

KU in the past had a ticket resale program, but it was capped at face value, sending some to Web sites where they could scalp the tickets.

“This year we decided to let the ticket holder decide what the ticket is worth,” Marchiony said.

• More on renovations: Workers continue to make progress on Allen Fieldhouse renovations, which should be completed by the Oct. 16 Late Night in the Phog.

The latest upgrades to the fieldhouse are part of a $38 million package of work that also includes Parrott Athletic Center, Wagnon Student Athlete Center, Horejsi Center as well as a new basketball practice facility going up adjacent to the fieldhouse.

“Fans will definitely notice a huge difference. We are completely renovating the lower concourse, which will make it wider and make access and egress a lot easier,” Marchiony said. “The concession stands will be more fan friendly. We have a double deck bridge that will make exiting the facility a whole lot easier to the parking garage. We’re expanding the Hall of Athletics. Along the West wall where the men’s and women’s locker rooms are we’ll be doing some neat things regarding the history of Kansas basketball. People will love it.”

New Terrazzo floors, similar to those in the Booth Hall, also are being put down throughout the fieldhouse.

Also, the men’s and women’s locker rooms and visiting team’s locker room are being expanded and upgraded; the old track office is being turned into a media room; restrooms are being upgraded and donor lounges added. Donors will be able to use the lounges before and after games and at halftime. They are being constructed on the west side of Allen, between Parrott Athletic Center and Allen.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

If you can't be those awful, evil ticket scalpers, join them.

Phil Minkin 8 years, 10 months ago

I wonder if frequent sellers will be contacted about giving up their seats

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 10 months ago

Marion "on-the-law" once again. Wrong once again. It's still a license which the seller of the license can control the terms of.

No wonder Marion could never run a successful business.

geekin_topekan 8 years, 10 months ago

"...Stop ending sentences with prepositions!" +++

"It's still a license which the seller of the license can control the terms of."


It's still a license which means the terms, of that license, can be controlled by the seller?

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 10 months ago

Marion, it is risky for the idiot fool to raise grammar or spelling as an issue.

You really should not assume your glee in performing a Google search gives you any ability to accurately understand or explain the law. The web article you cite is meaningless here. The interpretation you provide is simply wrong, as it quite frequently is.

rgh 8 years, 10 months ago

I truly hope the season ticket holders will only sell them for face value. There are plenty of people who just want to get lucky to see a KU game in Allen Fieldhouse and can't afford a season ticket let alone a higher priced single game ticket.

I would love to get a season ticket then charge double the price, attend only the "prime" games and make money as a season ticket holder. What a joke! The only reason KU's vaunted athletic department is doing this is because they get a cut of the profit. They are getting just as bad as the Yankees and Lakers by ripping off the everyday KU fan for the sake of money just because they can.

Come on Marchiony and Perkins. Help the average fan out, you've raised the basketball tickets high enough as it is. This is outlandish that ticket holders can actually legally scalp their tickets with the help of the KU athletic department.

TopJayhawk 8 years, 10 months ago

rgh. It really isn't hard to get a seat to a couple of games a yr. I do not have season tickets, but I can always make it to at least three or four games a yr. And sometimes prime games too. I went to the MU game last yr.
Three or four times a yr, on the web site, they will make available left over student (g.a.) seats. for several games at a time. You just go online a minute or so after midnight, and usually you will get some. Not really a big problem.

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