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tjkubricky in another thread suggested raising ticket prices. For example:
$3 = 7 * 3 * 80K = $1.68m
$5 = $2.8m
IMO it would be a pretty simple sell: we need more money to pay the coaches in this day and age.
Only problem is looking at next years schedule how can you justify asking someone to pay almost $70 for a game. My seats were topped at 65 for 3 games. Because of the schedule and cost I am not getting season tickets.
The idea is good thought but will be a very very hard sell.
Here is a better idea. Take away one section of students and with the difference in ticket prices the university will be able to easily pay anyone.
I'm a Badger fan - I want to see good opponents but either way I'll pay to be there so long as I can afford to. $5 is reasonable if we can use it as we wish.
As for the student section, I disagree. I think instead of removing a section we should continue the effort to improve their involvement. I know we do, and it hasn't really worked. But this is a school, it should be their opportunity first. I also don't want to lose the sections impact on the atmosphere. Finally, I think the stadium is at it's current capacity for demand. If UW had to turn away new season ticket holder requests it would be a different story.
Yeah next years schedule is tough to justify a ticket increase. As far as the student section goes, an idea I read somewhere that I liked was oversell the student section and once it was full on gameday it was full. Students would have to show up early to make sure they got in. Those that had tickets but couldn't get in go to Kellner hall the Wednesday after and get a credit on their Wiscard or something like that.
I think that there is alot of good ideas here. I think paying coaches more would be good. I just think it would get messed up by somebody. Lets say it happens and you have this extra money. First you would have the school that would want some of the money, some how, some way. Then you would have coaches , or should I say agents knowing that money is there and asking for it. So what you get is paying the coaches all of the money, and then you don't have any for the next time they want raises. That happens, then you are back at step one, or you don't use all of it, and have everybody on campus wanting the extra money for some thing.
Like I said like the idea, but it has to be written down somewhere that this is going for only football related stuff, and thats not going to happen.
That is a good idea. Somebody needs to discuss with the brain trust
With the students, what % do you guys think buy the tickets and turn around and sell them to make money?
15% to 20% maybe?
You can't say 'next year's schedule sucks' in this kind of thing.
We're talking about something that is akin to a company's R&D budget--this is a strategic decision, not a tactical one.
For example: off the top of your head, name the 3 teams we played in 2010 non-conference schedule. Bet you 1 in 5 know the answer.
You could do this: leave non-conf games as is and increase bigten games too.
If they do raise prices, then its the time to do something about the student section.
Overselling student section is brilliant and needs to happen.
I was a huge Badger fan as an undergrad, but there were certain Saturdays where I had a few too many at the KK and just couldn't get myself down there. I would have been happy to get my $ back.
IMO it's not about the quality of the opponent it's about the quality of WI. WI has gotten a lot better in football in the past 20 years. We aren't a middling program anymore like IN, IL or MN. We are a top 4-5 B1G program. Time to start having ticket prices that reflect that no matter the opponent. The better opponent comments make no sense. Your coming to see WI not the opponent.
WI is a very high quality football product in and of its self, therefore the prices should be raised $1-2 every year.
I love the idea of somehow overselling the student section. But I fear what could happen if the students were able to completely separate a ticket to a patsy game from their ticket to a big game. Imagine if South Dakota was coming in to CR in the third week of the season. Students could look at that as a singular event and decide whether or not they felt like drinking or spending X$ to go to just that game.
I think UW is warranted in increasing the season tickets, but I wouldn't go over $5. BA has been scheduling better competition in the past year or so with the new playoff system, so that argument should go away in time. Plus, I believe UW is in the middle to lower end of season ticket pricing in the Big Ten, so a bump isn't that big of a deal.
Plus, since I'm moving back to Madison from Denver in two weeks, maybe that will open up some season tickets for me to purchase, haha... Selfish reasoning, but I'd pay the extra.
There are something like 15,000 student tickets and they sell out in about 30 minutes. I don't think its a stretch to say if you oversell you could get 20,000 students buying tickets at least. As far as being afraid of students not showing up to crap games I guess you just hope that its part of the fun of UW and they'd still find a way to get the section full. I also think you could do something like if you don't use your ticket or can't get in the stadium you can get your refund for the game minus a $5 or $10 fee that you can call whatever you want. This at least gives more of an incentive to make sure you go to a game. Just trying to think out loud I guess.
Not all of the games sell out today. If you took away a student section, which sells out immediately as noted, you'd basically just be redistributing the seats that aren't selling today.
"Earlier I said [Madison's] the greatest college town on Earth... It's a universally accepted fact." Scott Van Pelt, 2/25/2014
If you are thinking about the refund on tickets, I would put in there if the student section is filled up on game day is the only way you will have the chance to get a refund. It doesn't make sense that a student gets a discounted price and only show up when its a good game.
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