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Anyone Else Notice The Price Increase For Season Ticks

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffalo Brad, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Buffalo Brad

    Buffalo Brad Club Member Club Member

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    So I got my email for season ticket renewals today. The Donation was the same. The price of the Boulder based games was the same. The parking fee was the same.

    Then there was the CSU game at Invesco. Ticket price $55. Not bad as I believe they have been $50 in the past. Based on priority points I have been placed at about the 40 yard line within the first 10 rows. So I am thinking this is not so bad. Then I read further below. Club level add $55 per ticket. Zone 1 (where I sat in the past) add $35 per ticket. Zone 2 add like $25 per ticket.

    I call the athletic department. The $55 ticket gets you in the absolutely worst seats CU is allotted. To get into seats where I was last time I have to pay $35 per ticket more for a total of $90 per ticket. By the way, you cannot opt out as a season ticket holder either. This comes to an increase of $5.83 per ticket per game for the 6 game package (games in Boulder) or more than a 10% price increase in tickets.

    I blew a freaking gasket and lodged a complaint. Also talked to Bohn's admin and left him a pretty hot message and asked that he call me. I will post the result if he actually places the call.

    So much for the much hyped no price increase in tickets this year. God they are trying to drive me and other Die Hard Bleed Black and Gold fans away from the program.
     
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  2. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    I haven't even seen the renewal form yet. That sounds incredibly bush league, though.
     
  3. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    Next thing you know they'll be messing around with parking lot assignments....
     
  4. DBT

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    Does this have anything to do with seat taxes by the city? Even if it did, the amount seems out of whack.
     
  5. Unleash Hell

    Unleash Hell Well-Known Member

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    This program is turning into such a ****ing joke! Oh wait, it already is.
     
  6. Buffalo Brad

    Buffalo Brad Club Member Club Member

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    No DBT, it does not. It is flat out another gimmick to try and generate revenue without being honest. Period. I was even warming to the idea of renewing my tickets and longing for the warm fall days in Boulder watch some form of football. I did leave the message for Bohn that I would not be renewing at all if he did not call me back. We will see how much he is willing to listen on this one. $90 ****ing dollars for the CSU game unless you want to sit in crappy seats! Christ this is getting tiring.
     
  7. Hugegroove

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    The last CU/CSU game I went to at Invesco in 2006, I traded my two $45.00 seats to a very drunk CU student for the student section seats. He thought he was getting better seats out of the deal. So if I decide to renew this year (probably will) I'll use the same strategy. It shouldn't be to hard for anyone else to accomplish this, as those kids started partying the day before they showed up to the parking lot to party even more!
     
  8. BlackNGold

    BlackNGold Club Member Club Member

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    There was a blurb about this a few weeks ago...I guess they want to make it easier on those who were on the fence regarding renewing. I don't know how much longer I will take the abuse.
     
  9. BuffSurveyor

    BuffSurveyor Club Member Club Member

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    Just one question from the uninformed: How much are season tickets at CU, and what is a typical donation required to get good seating?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  10. BlackNGold

    BlackNGold Club Member Club Member

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    Figure the games are around $55 a ticket and you can get nice seats for $200 per seat per year. Total ~ $585 ea. Parking ~ $130 per year.
     
  11. 4DemBuffs

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    im not a season ticket holder. my dad and my brother are to the tune of 10 seats. 6 from dad and 4 from my brother. ok....

    this seems very underhanded to me. toss in the parking issue from last year? and it seems to me that there was at least one other sneaky thing the AD was doing to "milk" some money from fans. cant remember what it was. i may be making that up.

    anyway, it seems to me that MB is doing some very sneaky things to try and milk the fans for what he can get out of them. and the problem is that he is not doing so in an honest way. he is doing it in a slimey, politician, f-u sort of way.

    "sure! you can have your CSU tickets at face for folsom. oh, you want to SEE the game? naw. thats another 40 bucks. sorry, gotta pay to play. afterall, we have to grease the wheels of all the denver politicians we paid off to get the game here. you cant have thier seats for free!"

    now, MB may not be doing stuff like this but, when his AD sends out season ticket packages like this.....?

    what MB does not get is that by doing things like this, he loses all he has gained since he came here. when he milks the annual season ticket holders with sneaky price icreases time after time and then gives away tickets at the back end for 20 bucks and then gives CU fans the shaft at invesco for the CSU game, he loses his base of money doners. why buy the season tickets when you can get walk up tickets for 25% less than it would cost you in the season ticket package and in many cases get you better seats.

    im no marketing expert but this all just seems ass backwards to me. decisions like this does not inspire a lot of confidence in MB given what has happened in the past. seems he still does not get it.
     
  12. Daaah

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    I'd guess that just like most buffs' season ticket holders, MB did not expect The Buffs to be so ridiculously awful last season. His ticket deals were done in an effort to get the stadium full. That's his job.

    The current pricing structure could be an effort to dampen attendance at Invesco so that the game will played at Folsom next year.
     
  13. Buffarino

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    Not gonna happen. He signed a 10 year extension last year. All 10 games will be in Denver.

    I'm so ****ing sick of the folks up in Boulder it isn't even funny. Between the ****ty product on the field and all their other bull****, I'm not even excited about CU football right now.

    Whether it's ****ing with people's longtime tailgate spots after they pay for the spot, or hiking the ticket price on a **** game that most people I know hate (the CSU game), I'm about at the end of my rope with Bohn. For all the good things he does, he shoots himself in the foot with stuff like this. Just ridiculous.
     
  14. Duff Man

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    Gonna be interesting to see the attendance at Invesco for that game. I am guessing it will be a struggle to get 65K.
     
  15. BlackNGold

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    Boy you are optimistic...they have not broken 70,000 the last 3 times they played there and only had about 65000 in 2006.
     
  16. Duff Man

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    Probably right. Maybe 60K or so?
     
  17. buffedup

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    Doesn't really matter to me. Told Mike Bohn I'm not renewing, and nothing I've seen changes that in the least.
     
  18. buffaholic

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    This new system allows you to pay up for better seats at Invesco if you want them - which will satisfy a lot of fans who did not have the opportunity to get anywhere close to the seats they have in Folsom. Their old system was a joke. The seats you ended up with at Folsom had no real correlation with the seats you got at Invesco. I have 50 yard line seats, lower level, East side of Folsom. My last seats at Invesco were 5 yard line, 5 rows up. I ended up going to the upper decks to view the game.

    This has become a big issue and a lot of Buff Club members complained about the system. I believe the new system gives everyone a baseline crappy seat in their package and you upgrade from there. So yes, if you were one of the guys who had good seats before, your price just went up, or you seat location went down - your choice. If you were like me, and sat in the crap seats yet paid full price before, my price is the same and I have an upgrade path if I choose to use it.

    This information was put out there (not sure where I heard it). I heard Bohn talk about this at some point recently as well, maybe at the LOI luncheon? Should have been made very public up front....

    Another screw up by the AD for not getting this information out there to everyone ahead of time I guess. There's going to be some unhappy folks out there and some happy ones. The old system had a lot of guys like me who were pissed off on CSU game day.
     
  19. Buffalo Brad

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    Sorry to dissagree with you on this one. I did hear that there would be some pricing changes but there was not discussion of the ticket prices going from $50-$55 to $90 per ticket for the same exact seats. Sorry but with the amount I donate and for the time period I have donated, sneaking this type of price increase in, which equates to over 10% on the entire ticket package, is complete crap. You can call it what you want but this is a flat out money grab by a program who is forcing season ticket holders to foot the bill on a crap game, a team with little chance of improvement, and a staff that will take the program one more year backwards during the upcoming season (probably more when you look at the below standard class brought in this year and the even worse class that will be brought in next year).

    Why buy the season tickets. You can wait and get the 4 for $40 or some other deal or even buy them on the street for less. They need to be reaching out to the folks who have been willing to foot the bill not milk them for another $35 per ticket. They do not get it and your reasons do not hold water either.
     
  20. PhillyBuff

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    Anyone notice the decrease in season ticket renewals? :smile2::lol:
     
  21. leftybuff

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    I really wonder about the non-think of going on THE VERY LAST PRESSER before renewal time and crowing about how there will be no ticket price increses...and then doing this. These guys must really think Buff fans are stupid or just don't understand their fan base. Unfortunately, this is not a fan base that will buy, buy, buy even in the face of dreadful performance. There are too many other options for the casual fan, and that is the majority of the folks at Folsom on any given Saturday in the fall.

    If anything, the AD should have given a carrot to renewals. I'm not sure what that would be, but a one in 20,000 shot at a game jersey isn't it. It is awful hard to convince me to buy season tickets when I know I can get a 4 for $40 pack for Hawaii....or scalp a decent seat for half face value.....Maybe just maybe, if you took the steps that convinced people you actually were going to do everything within the AD's power to field a competitive team, people wouldn't be so cavalier about their tickets...what the hell do I know?
     
  22. SuperD

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    Meh...to be honest its not that big a deal for me because for the last several years we've upgraded to club level anyway. For those that usually had awesome seats, yeah I agree the price jump sucks a bit, but for me its always made sense to shell out a bit more on this game anyway. Given all the other crap that has gone on if I'm not canceling my tickets over the poor product I'm certainly not going to over being required to pay some extra money for sitting club level in an NFL stadium. I just see it as counter-productive and setting the team back further. Now if the extra cash is going in Bowlen's pocket and not to the schools...then we need to rethink the game being at Mile High.
     
  23. Buffarino

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    We're locked in for 10 more years at Invesco. Another huge Bohn blunder.
     
  24. absinthe

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    how many more times to we have to go through the fact playing 7 games in the front range instead of 6 is not a blunder? and that the AD will make a lot more money this way than if they dropped the game?
     
  25. sackman

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    Agreed, Abs. The CSU game at Invesco is not a blunder. In fact, if the team didn't suck so bad, nobody would be bitching about the increase in prices.

    I still haven't gotten the e-mail, though. It's probably in my spam filter.
     
  26. Buffarino

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    I despise the CSU game in Denver. Just hate it. You will never convince me that is a good thing.
     
  27. dio

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    The game makes plenty of business sense - but as a fan, I hate the game.
     
  28. sackman

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    What do you care? You're not a season ticket holder.
     
  29. Buffalo Brad

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    You and Abs are both correct. You put a winning product on the field, not 4 straight losing seasons, and nobody would have said a word about the increase. It would be a non issue. Problem is the team has not played well, the AD has not made any changes, the staff is essentially the same, and now the prices go up. It is the wrong time to try and stick it to the season ticket holders for sure and as someone else said earlier, they should be looking to provide just a little bit of incentive to keep your season tickets. Going this route is ridiculous.
     
  30. Buffarino

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    I still am until I cancel. :lol:

    And I will always be a fan, ticket holder or not. Is being a season ticket holder now a pre-requisite to be a CU fan?
     

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