Oregon State Announces Football Ticket Prices For 2002
Jan. 11, 2002
CORVALLIS-For the second time in history, Oregon State will play seven home football games at Reser Stadium in 2002, and for the first time in four years, the Beavers will increase the price of season ticket packages and individual game tickets.
The only other time Oregon State played seven home games in a season was during the 1997 campaign. The last time the Beavers raised football ticket prices was in1998.
Oregon State elected not to raise ticket prices following the 2000 season, the best in school history, in keeping with a three-year cycle policy of adjusting the price structure of season tickets. The 2000 season saw the Beavers produce an 11-1 record, a Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame and the highest national ranking in OSU history, fourth on the Associated Press final poll.
Beaver fans will pay $195.00 for a season ticket during the 2002 season, a seven-game home package, which is up two games from the 2001 campaign. All individual game tickets, except Oregon, will be priced at $28.00 per ticket. Tickets for the Civil War contest will be $50.00. All seats at Reser Stadium are reserved.
In 2001, OSU season ticket holders paid $22.00 per ticket for a home game, plus $40.00 for the Washington game. With the new price structure, season ticket holders will pay $25.00 per ticket for six home games, plus $45.00 for the Oregon game.
Renewal applications for 2002 football season tickets will be in the mail by next week, according to Matt Munnelly, director of ticket operations.
Oregon State is coming off its greatest season ever in terms of ticket sales. The Beavers sold 23,011 season tickets in 2001, an all-time record. OSU achieved its first-ever sellout of season tickets on July 16. In addition, all remaining individual game tickets for the Beavers' five home games were sold out on August 1, the first day they were made available to the public.
Oregon State drew 182,060 fans in 2001, an average of 36,412, an all-time record for the Beavers. OSU will open the 2002 season on a record streak of nine straight sellouts.
In announcing a price increase for football tickets, Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart had several observations to make.
'Over the last four years the Oregon State football program has grown both on an off the field,' said Barnhart. 'Our competitiveness has been simultaneously helped by the support from our fans, increasing our season ticket sales to over 23,000.
'It is imperative that we keep pace with programs within the Pacific-10 Conference. In order to do so, we must maintain a revenue stream that allows our program to sustain itself. This ticket price increase still keeps us in the lower half of the Pac-10 price-wise, but the increase still allows us to keep moving our program forward,' said Barnhart.
'We will continue to look at football ticket prices every three years,' said Barnhart. 'We will not veer from those plans as we continue to try an build our program to be consistently competitive in the Pacific-10 Conference and nationally.'
Since 1999 there have been three additional categories of season ticket purchasers-under 30, varsity O and senior citizen-that have benefited in receiving a 50 percent discount off the regular season ticket price. This discount will be reduced by 10 percent per year over the next three years until it reaches a 20 percent discount of the regular season ticket price for the 2004 football season.
'We will phase in this adjustment to bring these discounts in line with those offered to our faculty/staff at Oregon State and similar discounts within our conference,' said Barnhart.
Beginning this year, these three groups will receive a 40 percent discount off the regular season ticket, a price of $117.00. There is a two-ticket limit per household on discounted tickets.
Oregon State has shown a significant increase in season ticket sales since the start of the Dennis Erickson Era in 1999. The Beavers sold 11,270 season tickets in 1999, 14,700 in 2000 and the record 23,011 in 2001.
OSU has also enjoyed tremendous success at Reser Stadium during this span. The Beavers are 16-2 (.889) in their last 18 games played at home.
While Oregon State has announced it will play seven home games at Reser Stadium in 2002, the Beavers still have two opponents to be scheduled. OSU will open the season at Reser Stadium on either August 29 or August 31 against a yet to be named opponent.
The 2002 Oregon State football schedule follows:
2002 OREGON STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Sept. 7||at Temple||Philadelphia, PA|
|Sept. 28||*at USC||Los Angeles, CA|
|Oct. 12||*at Arizona State||Tempe, AZ|
|Nov. 9||*at Washington||Seattle, WA|
|Nov. 16||*at Stanford||Palo Alto, CA|
*Indicates Pacific-10 Game
Season Ticket Price: $195.00
Individual Games: TBA $28.00 UNLV $28.00 TBA $28.00 UCLA $28.00 California $28.00 Arizona $28.00 Oregon $50.00