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Old 03-08-2018, 02:45 PM   #1
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In its continuing desire to compete for Southeastern Conference and national championships, University of South Carolina Athletics is announcing a ticket price increase in football for the 2018-19 school year.

“We’ve come a long way in the last eight years,” said Director of Athletics Ray Tanner. “Prior to this decade, we were finding our way in the SEC. Since 2010, we have achieved broad-based success in our athletics program. We have established a solid foundation and are now ready to take it to the next level, but we need to continue to maximize our resources to help us achieve our goals.”

South Carolina’s athletics budget ranks 10th in the SEC with expenses increasing by 65 percent since 2010. The USC athletics department is self-sustaining in its operating budget, relying mostly on donations, tickets, conference membership distribution and sponsorships for its revenue. USC Athletics is one of only 20 self-sustaining athletics programs in NCAA Division I.
“This additional revenue will help sustain the cost of attendance requirements for more than 500 student-athletes, retain the tremendous coaches we have here, continue to build and maintain top-notch facilities and fund all of our athletic programs as we compete for SEC and national championships,” said Tanner.

Season football tickets for 2018 will increase $50 each, an average of $7 per home game. This will mark the first football season ticket price increase since 2013.
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Old 03-08-2018, 03:20 PM   #2
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Pay more and get worse parking, that's a real incentive.

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Old 03-08-2018, 03:21 PM   #3
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Bad, bad timing, Ray. Now that I can't deduct the Gamecock Club donation from my taxes, I was giving serious consideration to dropping it and buying tickets for the games online. I end up having to sell 1/3 of the home games anyway. Now, not only can I not deduct the thousands I have to donate just to get season tickets, but the price is going up, too?

Listen, I love the Gamecocks, but as a family of four, it costs nearly 1k per home game for decent seats for us to go. I'm getting priced out slowly.
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:05 PM   #4
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Old 03-08-2018, 04:17 PM   #5
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thats an average ticket price of $58. still well behind other the top tier schools. saying that, its serious cash when three of your games are coastal carolina, marshall, and ut-chattanooga.

family of 4 now pays $232 per game..that is steep when 3 o the 7 games are coastal carolina, marshall, and ut-chattanooga.

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Old 03-08-2018, 05:01 PM   #6
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So they make press releases boasting about just how much more money we get from the shared revenue from the SEC and then say they have to raise ticket prices?
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:01 PM   #7
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So I'll be the one that doesn't complain.

Not bothered by this raise at all.
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Well we better put a good product on the field or I’ll be pissed. I don’t want to see anymore shitting the bed like we did against Clemson and UK. I don’t see the need for an increase with the new operations building but we better win the SEC in the next 5 years.
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Bad, bad timing, Ray. Now that I can't deduct the Gamecock Club donation from my taxes, I was giving serious consideration to dropping it and buying tickets for the games online. I end up having to sell 1/3 of the home games anyway. Now, not only can I not deduct the thousands I have to donate just to get season tickets, but the price is going up, too?

Listen, I love the Gamecocks, but as a family of four, it costs nearly 1k per home game for decent seats for us to go. I'm getting priced out slowly.
Exactly I hope Ray knows he’ll max out some people with all the money we rake in from the SEC Network there’s no reason to do this. To me this is Tanner taking a dump on fans’ heads. If TRob gets a HC offer he’s gone. If we don’t improve consistently by 2020 I’m done going to Williams Brice
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Just getting people ready for the increase in level to stay in the East Club when they start that renovation.
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:23 PM   #12
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With all the empty seats we had last year I don't understand the thinking here. Go out and get some Corporate money and quit nickel and diming your Fan base.
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thats an average ticket price of $58. still well behind other the top tier schools. saying that, its serious cash when three of your games are coastal carolina, marshall, and ut-chattanooga.

family of 4 now pays $232 per game..that is steep when 3 o the 7 games are coastal carolina, marshall, and ut-chattanooga.
And you will be able to pick up one of those tickets off the ground before kickoff for free.
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With all the empty seats we had last year I don't understand the thinking here. Go out and get some Corporate money and quit nickel and diming your Fan base.
Damn right, terrible move by Tanner what more do we need as an athletic department?
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Old 03-08-2018, 05:27 PM   #15
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Season ticket sales will continue to go down. The only way they sell more is if we get really good again
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And you will be able to pick up one of those tickets off the ground before kickoff for free.
Especially if a loss to UGA-very cheap tickets thereafter!
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It's not even that, it's the gameday experience.

Unless you're in club level or pay for premium seating like the zone, you've got to tolerate the environment for the game, not enjoy it. I mean, I still have to pay just to have the cushion seat things stuck on my bleacher seat to keep people from spilling over--and I'm a full scholarship donor with lower level seating near the 40. I get the luxury of running down and navigating the masses to stand in line to get a chick-fil-a sandwich and an overpriced coke--which later I'll have to stand in line at a urinal where it seems like half the dudes haven't mastered not pissing on themselves.

It's still a lot of fun, but again, it's also fun to have people at your home and watch the game on a 60+ inch TV with beer and bbq. Today, if it wasn't for tailgating and my kids enjoying it, I wouldn't be going anymore.


Frankly, what I really think they should do is cut the seat back. Drop the capacity to 70k, make the entire thing more comfortable, improve the concessions, put a few actual restaurants or something in like major league ball parks, and send more concession guys around.
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Meh...i spent a ton of cash going to our games when we were hot garbage. I'll spend $50 more believing i'll actually get to see us win.
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Purely from an economic standpoint, I don't understand this, particularly since we're self sustaining, as the letter says.
We don't sell out the stadium now. Increasing the pricing, while also cutting out parking, would be the opposite of what you'd want to do to increase profit and fill up the stadium. Drop your prices, get more people to buy, and make more money.

This has to be a calculated risk that they are certain that there are a static number of people who are going to buy season tickets no matter the price.

Personally speaking, I was already on the fence: I lost my dad and wife, recently, and have had to give tickets away for the last 2 seasons, even eating tickets for non conference games. Our non conference slate, this year, includes Marshall, Chattanooga, and Coastal. My new girlfriend can't stand crowds, and, like I said, I'm taking people who basically can't pay to go. The reason I wanted to keep going is because of the direction of the program and that the Georgia, Mizzou, and ATM games are in Columbia, but, now I don't know.
I already cut out seat cushions and I only buy 1 drink per game, but I don't know what to do now?
Maybe not attend the Clemson game? Not sure.
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We need bag men to get good players not this crap. Does someone know how we are 10th in revenue in the SEC? How much do other teams pay for tickets? To me, this is Tanner being a greedy bastard we don’t need more facilities we need more wins.
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