8 year IPTAY donor with a question about lower deck tickets. I'm currently in TDO and have been for the last 5 years since I graduated. I've donated at the Champion Level the past few years, and the Tiger Level once when I was apart of the IPTAY YA program.
I'm about to receive my 2nd degree from Clemson in August 2021. At that time I'll be able to get back in to the IPTAY YA program and receive a $1500 discount on the Howard Level and above, plus a 90% discount on Tiger and below.
I've got about 135 priority points right now. If I donated at the McFadden level this year, would that get be lowers? I've heard it takes a Heisman level donation to get to the lower bowl now. Can anyone confirm? Calling IPTAY will not be of any help here because they are extremely vague and don't give you a short answer. So I'm looking for someone who can share their experience of how they jumped from the Upper Deck to the Lower Deck in the past few years.
I would recommend that you do not jump from the upper deck to the lower deck.
Kidding aside, lower deck tickets have been very “sticky” the last few years. If people do not renew their lower deck tickets, then it goes to request by donor level first then priority points within that level. It would not surprise me if it was Heisman and Riggs donors were the only ones eligible for tickets in the lower decks.
Your 135 priority points would put you in the lower tier of McFadden level donors if you made the move. That being said, give what you can. IPTAY is a great cause and a great way to give back to Clemson.
A lot of IPTAY donors sell their tickets to non donors. This is where I predict demand to fall off. I don't expect all of the non-donors to ask their IPTAY donors to purchase tickets for them this year.
You may get lower deck seats on the sidelines in or very close to the end zones or in the end zone at the McFadden level. You are more likely to get similar seats at the Fike level, and may get around the 10-20 yard lines at the Heisman level. You are unlikely to get lower deck at Jervey or below. These are based on my experience the past few years, but it’s always possible that if more donors drop seats this year due to the pandemic, there may be more available seats.
So realistically, I need to donate at Fike to have any chance. I'm not even guaranteed to get lowers at this donation, am I? Would be a shame if I donated at that level and stayed in my uppers that are 25 rows up.
If I was in your situation, I would donate at the Fike Level. You are likely, but not guaranteed, to get solid lower deck sideline seats around the 10 yard line to end zones. These would be great seats, especially if higher up in the lower deck. At McFadden, you may end up needing to donate higher next year to get what you’re looking for, but it’s possible that it could work out.
Thank you. If I did this, I would have about 211 priority points. Hopefully that would be enough to score some lowers. Really I don't give a rip where I am in the lower deck, so the 10's would be fine. That is actually where I sit growing up with my grandfather's season tickets.
when the original seat equity plan came out to much consternation, we decided to jump in with both feet at Heisman Level to get tix in lower deck. It worked out. Following that year we dropped giving to the minimum required to keep the seats. It paid off for us, and we have enjoyed watching the ride since then.
My guess is that you could do the same for two tickets, but think about the future (kids, work associates, etc), and you may want four. My opinion is to get as many as you can with that first Hard to swallow donation, then drop back to the minimum giving level the following year.
AND...If you have a choice to pick seats after you go ALL-IN with the donation for lowers, look at the seat equity dividing lines. Just one aisle over may make a big difference in each year's equity plan (Giving Level) cost to the tune of thousands of dollars for four seats!