Today the UAA Athletic Department showed excellent responsiveness to fan concerns which were expressed here at season's end. We talked about wanting 10 dollar tickets and we talked about expanding the "wet" section. Both of these things got implemented and were announced in today's release. Thank you (Big Ups ... Mad Phat Props ...) to the Athletic Department for making this happen.
In the release, Chris Gerace (the exceptionally competent and indubitably passionate Manager of Season Tickets and Development Assistant) says,
“We listened to the suggestions of Seawolves fans and supporters, and are excited to announce some of the changes for the 2015-16 season. For hockey games, a bigger ‘wet’ section will be introduced, as well as $10 tickets at the door."
Are you guys patting yourselves on the back yet? Go ahead ... take a moment to do so; you deserve it. This is a very positive change. Getting more people into the rink will not only improve the bottom line for the school it will make the atmosphere at the Sully something that will help the team. The goal for this program must be to win EVERY home game ... winning at home and splitting on the road over the course of a season will put you into the NCAA tournament more times than not.
These measures aren't going to fill the Sully. Let's not pretend that anything other than winning will do that ... because it won't. Remember, sports fans choose to spend money attending an event based on their assessment of whether their team is likely to win. But that said, getting more people into the rink through cheaper tickets is a factor in their risk equation for spending those funds. And to be sure, making it easier for them to have a cold one at the event helps as well.
Additonally, they've announced an expansion of the Seapups Program to other sports (last year it only applied to Hockey) which gives kids under-12 a super cheap ticket, special seating and access to the players and coaches. This is a valuable program because just like Buddy Christ says, "Get em while they're young!"
Here's the key dates for Hockey from today's release:
June 1- Renewals out/ New season ticket requests takenJuly 24- Last day to receive 10% off, will be determined by postmark dateAugust 7- Send booklet info to printingAugust 17- Non renewed tickets releasedAugust 25- Pick a Seat (Tentative date, subject to Sullivan Arena remodel)August 26- Start assigning seating for new season ticket requestsSeptember 29- Season tickets ready for pickupOctober 2- Single game tickets on sale