A sign of the times: season tickets available

  • 11/06/2008 12:38 pm in

The rumblings of diminished student support for the upcoming season have been validated by an email the ITH team received this morning from IU Media Relations:

Bloomington, Indiana – The Indiana University Athletic Department has announced that it has begun selling newly available season tickets to the general public through the IU Athletic Ticket Office. Single game tickets also are available through all Ticketmaster locations.

IU has sold out of its dedicated allotment of tickets for public renewals, faculty and staff. The newly available tickets come from the inventory of unused student tickets. However, the department will continue to offer student season tickets for sale throughout the campaign.

“As I said earlier this year about our players, this is a great opportunity for someone who maybe hasn’t had the opportunity before to become involved with our program from the ground up,” said first-year Coach Tom Crean. “We have been overwhelmed with support from throughout the state and we are hopeful that this opportunity will give many a chance to become more intimately involved with this year’s team as we look toward the future. We look forward to Assembly Hall filling up game after game like it has always been.”

Season tickets are on sale for $451 for the general public and $210 for students. Single game tickets are available for $23 for the general public and $15 for students. Tickets for Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Illinois are $38 for the general public.

Single game floor tickets ($30) also are available for games against Northeastern (Dec. 22), Lipscomb (Dec. 28) and Michigan (Jan. 7)

To order season tickets, contact the IU Athletic Ticket Office at 866-IUSPORTS or visit IUHoosiers.com. To purchase single game tickets prior to the day of the game, visit Ticketmaster.com.

This isn’t exactly surprising. Economic times are tough. This team isn’t going to be very good and students aren’t eager to fork over $210 for a team that might win 10 games. Now we’ll see how motivated the general public is to shell out $451. My prediction: Not very.

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  • Stunnedmonkey

    I would have had a different reaction to this if the tickets were renewable, however since these are 1 year only tickets that can be (most likely will be) pulled next year I figure most people will pass.

    I tried to get single season tickets to the Bemidji Eskimo's game Tuesday and best available was Balcony JJ. On the plus side I would get to hear the usher yell Applesauce until I eventually plummet to my death.

  • msdiu81

    As a current season ticket holder, I want to thank the students for not buying the tickets. I just purchased a second set so all 4 of us in my family can go to the games. I also like the fact that floor seats were available for the mini series, so we will be there cheering on our Hoosiers, up close and smelling the sweat. Too bad the students don't understand what Indiana basketball is all about. Yes we will lose many games, but the team needs us more now than last year. My family and I will gladly make the 3.5 hour trip to see them play and give them the support they need. So thanks students, you made my kids very happy today!! Go IU!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hoosier07

    agreed. if these were more than single season tickets i would probably invest in them myself … too bad the renewable tixx are not available …

  • JerryCT

    Ditto ! IU basketball is a way of life. I could not pick and choose tickets based on the season. Wish they were renewable.

  • hypequest

    i like this disqus

  • kgork

    God this makes me sick. I'm a current student, and I bought my tickets the day they became available. A kid who was in my seating group last year told me that he wasn't going to be in our group this year, and I assumed he had found another group he would rather sit with. But no, he didn't get tickets. I sat with him all of last year and would have easily said he was one of the most loyal fans I know. Now, I'm not so sure.

    This is Indiana. If you won't buy tickets when your team is down, then you're not a fan to me and I rather have the public buy them because at least they'll support the team fully. This is just another reason why our students do NOT deserve a better student section.

  • outanames

    Perhaps it would be a good time to close the balcony seats. I sat there once and decided never again. If they ever decided to improve AH, taking out the balcony seats and adding seats at both ends of the court would make a better place to view the games. AH is one of the worse venues in the Big Ten if you're in the balcony. I can commiserate with students who don't want any part of those seats. TV is better.

  • Taskmaster75

    Unfortunate that Indiana is in a bad financial position. Assembly Hall represents a lot of history, but we really need a new stadium. Glass specializes at this stuff, so maybe we can do it sooner than later.

  • Sallad

    Seriously? I prefer the view from the balcony over anything in the last 7-8 rows of the main section. You can't even see the scoreboard from those seats, and you feel as if you're in a cave. Granted, the atmosphere on the balcony is different from being on the main level, but it's not as though it's the worst view in AH, by far. You could even argue that view-wise, they're better than being on the ends, with the backboard in front of you.

    Anyway, I got my tickets the day they were available, and I'll be down on the end of the court tonight, 6th row. I think it's a good place to start the season, because I'll be able to get a good look at all the new guys' faces.

  • woodpecker

    I would let the students in free, the economy is a wreck …… does the AD really think most students have $210 bones to shell out on a team that is going be pretty dam bad this season. IU needs a fired up student section for home games, I would let them in for free this season.

  • sirkev

    Wow, far cry from when I was a student in the early 90's. We had a lottery for student tickets, it was only for 6 conference games and 2 non-conference games, and you had a different seat and location for each game. Even with the tough ecomony, I still find it hard to believe that there are unsold student tickets. As to the issue about students affording it, I remember that we had to purchase at registration, so I know mine went on 'financial aid' 🙂

  • sirkev

    Wow, far cry from when I was a student in the early 90's. We had a lottery for student tickets, it was only for 6 conference games and 2 non-conference games, and you had a different seat and location for each game. Even with the tough ecomony, I still find it hard to believe that there are unsold student tickets. As to the issue about students affording it, I remember that we had to purchase at registration, so I know mine went on 'financial aid' 🙂