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ltt

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Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« on: February 02, 2017, 04:58:50 PM »
We have the opportunity to become season ticket holders for an NCAA sport.

Nearly two decades ago, we put our name on a list.  Our boys were young and, at the time, the wait list was around 10 years, so we figured when our names came up they would be teens and enjoy going.  We waited and waited, year after year.  Our boys grew older, and we also had some new additions to our family.

Here we are nearly two decades later and our names have come to the top of the list.  When I put our names on the list, we had no idea how much money they would cost.  When we received the offer today (we can get up to 4 seasons tickets), I noticed it was quite pricey.  If we decide not to do it, our name goes off the list.  The waiting list is closed.

If we can't make some of the games, we can sell them through NCAA's ticket exchange.  What would you do?

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2017, 06:51:18 PM »
You don't give enough specifics for much advise other than see if you can cover a portion of the costs by selling your unwanted tickets. 

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2017, 06:55:33 PM »
I think we've made our decision.  If we don't buy them now, the opportunity will not be there again.  So, we're going to go ahead and make the purchase and see how it goes this first year.  We're not making it from purely a financial standpoint, but rather a "making memories"/entertainment standpoint.  If it doesn't work for us, we can always not purchase them in the future if it doesn't work out for us this year.

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2017, 11:46:11 AM »
I have been two sport (Football and Basketball) NCAA season ticket holder.  The only reason that is past tense is that we moved out of the area.  I did this mostly as a fan but also as a great social event.  At least for us, the Stanford tickets were so inexpensive compared to the value we received it was a no brainer every year.  We certainly didn't have to wait as long as you but we were given the option to upgrade each year to better seats. 

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2017, 01:19:09 PM »
My mother had season tickets to University of Kansas basketball for probably 12 years until her stroke last year.  I was the largest beneficiary of these tickets. I believe 2 tickets were usually around $2000 - $2500 per year.

Whenever there was a game neither of us could go to, she usually just gave them to a friend, however I did sell a few on Stubhub last year.  Very easy process.

I'd be interested to know what team/sport took 20 years on a waiting list to become a season ticket holder. KU is one of the blue blood programs of NCAA basketball, sells out pretty much every game, and season tickets are readily available pretty much every year.

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2017, 01:41:36 PM »
Curious about the team also. Like Duke basketball? Cannot fathom a 20 year wait list just for tickets unless it was some type of box seats or whatever.

-extended family is soon to purchase season tickets and tailgating. our team did pretty well last year and it is no where near that crazy to have a waiting list.

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2017, 02:23:57 PM »
I'm also curious about the school.  Since you just got the offer, I'm guessing this is for football tickets for this fall.  Notre Dame, maybe?
« Last Edit: February 03, 2017, 02:25:30 PM by Schaefer Light »

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2017, 12:07:22 PM »
It couldn't be Notre Dame...rumor has it no "season ticket holder of record" has ever died!

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2017, 01:21:19 PM »
Maybe Alabama football?

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2017, 02:40:28 PM »
More than likely based on what you are saying if it is football you probably could sell a couple home games per year and make your money back on the annual cost of season tickets.

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2017, 02:48:22 PM »
Not the same but...

We have fullseason tickets for the NY Rangers. Similar in that it took years to get, and we would probably never get the opportunity again. Have had them for 4 years now, so I can speak about the pros and cons of season tickets. Your situation will probably be similar.

Pros:

We do not have to pay extra ticketmaster (TM) fees on tickets which can be 20% on top of face value. We had to pay one initial fee of $15 or $20 for the entire season.

TM charges significantly more for premium games such as Saturday night or vs division rivals so we save on those games.

After Thanksgiving it's pretty easy to sell all tickets for face value or profit(sometimes 100% profit)

First crack at playoff tickets which are of course absurdly priced.

Season subscriber Ranger events like Q and A events.  Also our ticket rep hooks us up with a backpack full of team goodies for our birthdays, and occasionally seat upgrades for low attendance games.

Cons:

MSG has raised our prices every year. They did major renovations for a few years, and also became greedier.

For hockey It's very difficult to sell tickets for the first few months of the season unless we have friends buying them. So we either lose money each game or attend more games than we want (2-3 per week sometimes).

MSG make us pay full price for 3 preseason games - criminal I know!

StubHub takes 10% of sales , and your ticket exchange is probably similar.

Legalities of ticket resales

You and you alone are on the hook when there are games at inconvenient times such as snowstorms, Easter night, other holidays, etc.

 Hockey has  42 home games per season - sometimes there's 1 game a week and sometimes there are 3.


The Rangers have been doing well the past 5 years but who knows what would happen if they were no longer top contenders.

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Re: Season Tickets for an NCAA Sport
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2017, 05:54:12 PM »
Baseball---College World Series.