Stanford Announces New Seating Policy for Men's Basketball

Dec. 22, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - To assist Stanford Athletics in providing its student-athletes with the resources they need to be successful and to reward longtime supporters of the athletics program, Stanford will introduce a priority seating program at Maples Pavilion for men's basketball season ticket holders for the 2010-11 season.

The new program, which will affect only the lower bowl and loge sections of Maples Pavilion, will provide a new stream of revenue to the Buck/Cardinal Club. It will also serve to reward longtime supporters of Stanford Athletics, while enabling new Buck/Cardinal members to acquire appropriate seating in recognition of their financial support.

Similar programs are currently in place at all Pacific-10 Conference institutions.

'This program was developed with considerable input from a number of our men's basketball season ticket holders and many key volunteers who serve on the Stanford Athletic Board and Buck/Cardinal Board,' said Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby. 'The men's basketball priority seating program will generate additional financial resources for the athletic department, including providing the men's basketball program the tools it needs to recruit top players and compete for the Pac-10 championship.'

Under the new seating program, all seats in the lower bowl and loge sections of Maples Pavilion will now be available for purchase only in conjunction with a gift to the Buck/Cardinal Club. Gift levels will vary by section and will range from $250 to $2,000 per seat.

Gifts made to the Buck/Cardinal Club for football priority seating will also count towards men's basketball priority seating.

Individuals who have been sitting in sections that are now designated priority sections will have the opportunity to renew their current seats once they have made the necessary corresponding donation to the Buck/Cardinal Club. They may also request to move to a higher or lower priority section and make the donation that corresponds with that section.

Season ticket holders may also decline to make a donation altogether and purchase seats in a non-priority section of Maples Pavilion.

Individuals who have been sitting in the upper bowl will also have the opportunity to either renew their current seats or request relocation to another section (priority sections will require a Buck/Cardinal Club donation).

All seat relocations are subject to availability.

Individuals who choose to be relocated will be assigned their new seats in order based on their level of involvement with Stanford Athletics and Stanford University according to the following criteria:

• Years of season ticket purchase for all season-ticketed sports• Stanford alumnus• Former Stanford student-athlete• Volunteer service on an athletic or university board• Lifetime gifts to the athletic department• Lifetime gifts to the university• Annual gifts to the Buck/Cardinal Club

The men's basketball priority seating program will go into effect for the 2010¬-11 season. Season ticket renewals will be mailed to season ticket holders in May 2010. Gifts made in conjunction with the purchase of men's basketball priority seats will be due by August 31, 2010. All gifts made to the Buck/Cardinal Club between September 1, 2009, and August 31, 2010, will count toward a priority seat donation.

All gifts for priority seats are 80 percent tax deductible per the Internal Revenue Code.

For further information, please contact Lindsay Barr, Priority Seating Project Manager, lhyatt@stanford.edu or (650) 725-7357.

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