Student ticket plan: How does it compare to other national powers?


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Will scenes like this one be a thing of the past, or will students pay for tickets? (Photo by Josh Kelly, USAT)
Will scenes like this one be a thing of the past, or will students pay for tickets? (Photo by Josh Kelly, USAT)

Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich informed Clemson students Monday evening and the media Tuesday morning about a proposed plan in which the athletic department would charge students a season ticket fee for sitting in the lower deck.

Under the plan, students would still have the option of sitting in the upper deck student sections for free but would be charged a $225 fee (or $32 per game) if they want to sit in the highly-coveted lower bowl sections that have been home to many of the block seating for organizations and IPTAY Collegiate Club members

As expected, the plan has been met with the kind of passion only Clemson fans can show, and not all of it good. However, the fact remains that most universities – especially those who play big-time college football – have been charging students for the privilege of attending home football games for years.

The question remains, however: How does Clemson’s $225 per season pricing compare to other schools? The answer: It would be among the highest in the country. There is also a caveat – some schools charge an athletic fee which covers all sports while some schools charge just for football.

In the Big 12 for example: University of Oklahoma students paid $180 for season tickets in 2015, and their average home game student ticket price ($30) is the third highest in the Big 12, trailing only Texas ($38) and Oklahoma State ($33). But……the price that both Texas and Oklahoma State charge includes admission to all sports. For Oklahoma, the $180 fee only permits admission to football games.

Now let’s look at the vaunted SEC, the home of big stadiums and even bigger football budgets. South Carolina and Vanderbilt include student tickets as part of athletic fees in tuition costs. On average, students in the SEC pay just $12.64 per ticket.

The highest rate is at Texas A&M, where students pay $290 for season tickets, an average of $41 per game over the Aggies seven home games. Missouri is second-highest and charged $152 for their six home games, an average of $25 per ticket. It’s interesting to note that the two newest members of the good ole boys club of the SEC charge the highest amounts. The cost of doing business in a new athletic world? Perhaps.

Auburn is next at $140 ($20 per seven home games), then Florida ($105 or $15 per ticket), then Tennessee ($70 or $10 per ticket) and then Arkansas ($85 for the season or $14 per game). LSU charged $84 for the season (or $12 per ticket) for general admission and $126 (or $18 per ticket) for reserved seating, Alabama charged $70 (or $10 per ticket), and Georgia charged $56 (or $8 per ticket).

In the ACC, Florida St. offers reserved student seats at $240 per season. General admission seating is free (which is most like the model Clemson wants to follow). Boston College charges $199 as part of a sports combo package while Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Louisville and Pitt all charge $6 per ticket. Georgia Tech charges $7 per ticket. The rest of the schools offer free tickets but some schools, like Virginia, charge students an athletic fee.

Other national schools of note: Ohio St. ($252 or $36 per game), and Oregon (which charged $367 per season ticket in 2014, a whopping $52 per game).

The chart below takes a look at the SEC and ACC:

ACC

School			Overall Price	Home Games	Price Per Game
Florida State		$240/Free#	 	 
Boston College		$199*		7		$28
Syracuse		$99		6		$17
Virginia Tech		$72		6		$12
Louisville		$72		6		$12
Georgia Tech		$49		7		$7
Pitt			$25		6		$4
Wake Forest		FREE	 	 
Virginia		FREE	 	 
North Carolina		FREE	 	 
North Carolina St	FREE	 	 
Miami			FREE	 	 
Duke			FREE
# = Florida State offers reserved student seats at $240 per season. General admission seating is free.

SEC

School		Overall	Price	Home Games	Price Per Game
Texas A&M	$290		7		$41
Missouri	$152		6		$25
Auburn		$140		7		$20
Florida		$105		7		$15
Tennessee	$70		7		$10
Arkansas	$85*		6		$14
LSU		$84 GA		7		$12/18
		$126 not GA			
Alabama		$70		7		$10
Ole Miss	$63		7		$9
Kentucky	$40		8		$5
Georgia		$56		7		$8
Miss State	$55		7		$8
South Carolina	FREE	 	 
Vanderbilt	FREE	 	 
* = School offers only a combo package, and not a "football only" option

* Charts from OUDaily.com. Click here to see tickets prices in the rest of the conferences


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TigerNet News
spacer Finally... an answer. .
GeeVille Tiger
spacer But it isn't an answer.
Huckittome
spacer It also appears many that charge for football tickets...
camcgee®
spacer Very disappointed in this article. Instead of acquiring ALL
Bashful Baron
spacer I don't like this at all. It's a shame that college sports
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer this***
jtiger1®
spacer what if tuition was raised $225 for everyone
fluffhead®
spacer Personally, this would be my choice ....
tgrstuckincola
spacer People opposed the option of an athletics fee, as well
camcgee®
spacer Re: Personally, this would be my choice ....
lhaselden
spacer Tickets were already factored into student fees/tuition.
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer Re: Tickets were already factored into student fees/tuition.
lhaselden
spacer Re: what if tuition was raised $225 for everyone
Gcostanza
spacer Ha ha, are you kidding?
Catahoula
spacer Clemson will do that anyway.
tigerdrummer®
spacer I agree 100%
Neal in NC®
spacer Even high school sports charge admission. This is only
ggordon
spacer Firing Tommy Bowden was change. Building the WestZone
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer I agree
T_I_P
spacer Re: I don't like this at all. It's a shame that college sports
lhaselden
spacer It should be free. Raise regular ticket prices to pay for
Neal in NC®
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tigerlum
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viztiz
spacer Running onto the field after games, how does it compare to
tiger5by5®
spacer Agreed, other schools should aspire to be more like Clemson.
Leadeath
spacer Exactly. Thank you***
magello®
spacer Greed kills
imacutiger12
spacer Bad idea! Ugly for Clemson!
AThomas®
spacer David: There is another question here
AThomas®
spacer Re: David: There is another question here
Gcostanza
spacer "the plan has been met with...passion...not all of it good"
Gcostanza
spacer Re: "the plan has been met with...passion...not all of it good"
85tiger2010
spacer RE: "How does Clemson’s $225 per season pricing compare..."
Gcostanza
spacer The standard is BEST
littlewolf
spacer We are almost the highest...make it $450 a year!***
Neal in NC®
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Columbiabill
spacer WHO CARES WHAT OTHERS DO?!? WE ARE CLEMSON...
charlestontiger1977®
spacer Exactly. We are Clemson
magello®
spacer How much do you wish CU student sec. was like other schools?
SolidVerbal
spacer What all you Chicken Little's are forgetting is
chicken_kickin
spacer what you're forgetting is that
SageMoody®
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cje1
spacer Chicken Little: "It's the beginning of the end I tell ya!"
Clemson_Fan_I_am
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sbeaird
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CivilE_Tiger
spacer whi cares?
colatiger89
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Weazely
spacer The Hill is extra?
TWALEXA
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trojantiger
spacer To answer your question, scenes like the one in the pic
Clemson81to85
spacer Among the highest in the country? Very disappointed in
Clemson81to85
spacer You were disappointed we were ranked so highly?
ClemsonTiger1988®
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shizhuochen®
spacer The people complaining about this need to ask themselves
Judge Keller
spacer i feel like we played with the big boys
SageMoody®
spacer This logic will suck the soul out of college athletics.
Completely Solid Orange®
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LWT
spacer This is sad! College students barely have any free extra $
BrabbTiger22
spacer It doesn't matter to me how everyone else is doing it. We are Clemson...
thetigerdaddy®
spacer I always felt like camping out guaranteed
TigerEOD®
spacer as a 40 year iptay I say we need the students they make the
mjm
spacer I wonder how block seating will work with this
Mighty Zep®
spacer No way they should allow block seating with individuals
Lost_Tiger
spacer No longer do the students...
ClemsonTiger1988®
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