Proposed football ticket increase put on hold
A scheduled increase in the price of Gator football ticktes has been postponed by Gator Boosters, Inc.
Gator Boosters, Inc., the fundraising arm of the University Athletic Association, has postponed a regularly scheduled per-seat increase for football season tickets to alleviate financial concerns for fans in the midst of a sluggish economy.
As a result, Florida football season ticket will remain one of the cheapest in the Southeastern Conference based on next season’s pricing structure.
Originally, Gator Boosters had planned a per-seat season increase that would have ranged from $25 to $300. Instead, there will be a $3 increase per ticket for the 2012 season - a total of $21.
That bringes the price of a full season ticket to $280, up from $259. According to UF, that price remains below most of the premier SEC schools’ season-ticket prices in 2011, including Auburn ($450), Alabama ($385), Tennessee ($360) and LSU ($350).
The increase will create approximately $1.08 million in new revenue to help offset some of the UAA’s increasing costs - including travel, insurance, UF’s tuition increases and the NCAA's adoption in October of up to a $2,000 stipend for full scholarship student-athletes to supplement their costs associated with attending a university.
The increase will not affect single-game or student-ticket prices.
According to the school's website, the decision not to raise ticket prices is "to alleviate financial concerns for fans in the midst of a sluggish economy.''
Translation: It's tough to expect people to pay more money to see a team that finished the regular season 6-6.