Hoops tix price on rise at UT
Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 4:21 pm
By: By Beth Rucker, Associated Press Writer
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Fans of the Tennessee Volunteers who hold season tickets will have to pay a little bit more for games in the 2008-09 season.
Ticketholders in lower-level courtside seats will pay $31.47 per game, up from $25.44. Tickets in lower-level seats behind the baskets will be $22.65 per game, up from $18.33.
Season-ticket seats in the upper deck of the arena will cost $8.88 per game, up from $8.55.
Prices for the family ticket plan will remain the same at $90 for a season ticket.
Family-plan packages require at least four season tickets to be bought.
Tennessee athletics department spokeswoman Tiffany Carpenter said the increases are needed to keep programs competitive and facilities in top shape without cost to taxpayers.
Carpenter said she didn’t know whether the athletics department would raise prices of single-game tickets.
Vols coach Bruce Pearl’s base salary is increasing from $1.3 million to $1.6 million this season, and he will receive $1.75 million in one-time bonuses.
Tennessee also recently spent $36 million to upgrade Thompson-Boling Arena and build the new Pratt Pavilion practice facility.
“We continue to make investments in the arena not only for ticket holders but for the general public,” Carpenter said.
The athletics department also raised prices of football tickets for the 2008 season.
Tennessee sold out of its season tickets for the first time in history last season.
The Vols thanked fans by showing them the winningest season in history, first No. 1 ranking and first outright Southeastern Conference championship in four decades.
Any season tickets that aren’t renewed will be put on sale to the general public Sept. 3, but there likely won’t be many to come by.
“We have so little turnover right now that in order to get a lower-level seat, you need to be a $10,000-a-year donor or higher,” Carpenter said.
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