April 18th, 2012 11:20 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Missouri
Tags: Chad Moller, MU, SEC, Tiger Scholarship Fund
The University of Missouri is expecting an increased demand for tickets this fall thanks to the school’s move to the SEC. That’s not surprising. At Texas A&M they’re already talking about improving, renovating or replacing Kyle Field due in part to new, stronger ticket demands.
At Mizzou, the school unveiled a new policy yesterday that will require new season-ticket buyers to put their names on a waiting list. The cost of signing up for the list? That would be 100 bucks, but that would be deducted from the coast of season tickets if they do become available.
The school sold 40,000 season tickets last year and MU officials are hoping to move 45,000 this season.
Proving that the Mizzou administration already has a mind for SEC-style business, spokesperson Chad Moller admitted that the school thinks a few Alabama and Georgia fans might plunk down cash for an entire season-ticket package in order to insure they get in to see their favorite school’s first foray into Faurot Field:
“That’s absolutely part of our thought process. I supposed if Alabama fans want to become donors and buy season tickets, more power to them, but we feel like going to this waiting list will help give preference to Mizzou fans, people who want to donate to the (Tiger Scholarship Fund) and come to all seven games.”
Several SEC schools have learned to package tickets — especially Kentucky tickets in basketball — in such a way that visiting fans have to buy tickets for more than just the game of their choosing.
Not to hurt Mizzou’s biz-nass, but I find it hard to believe most folks haven’t figured out by now that online ticket brokers are the way to go when looking for seats for one particular game.
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