If you're tightening the budget, this could be disappointing news for Texas Tech season ticket holders. It was a hard fought season for the Red Raiders and fans hope the 2009 season is a repeat. The team has seven home games scheduled for next season and if you want season tickets you'll be paying a little more.
No doubt tickets to Tech games are in high demand and fans will be paying more to see the plays in person. Season ticket holder Kirk Cunningham wasn't surprised, "I knew there was going to be an increase because you've got to keep up. It took me back when I saw how much," says Cunningham.
Tech says the base price on tickets has increased around 10 percent across the board. But the biggest change -- 77 percent of the stadium will now be donor based seating. "We had a total of 10 sections last year that required a minimum donation in order to renew season tickets in this year switching to total of 22 sections that require minimum donation in association with ticket purchase," said Steve Uryaz with the Texas Tech Athletic Department.
That leaves six sections, not counting student and visitor sections, that do not require a donation to the Red Raider Club. "One hundred percent of the donations that go to the Red Raider Club, or Red Raider Scholarship Fund, go to fund scholarships for our student athletes. Last year we spent $6.4 million to educate our young men and women and the Red Raider Club contributed right at $3.4 million. You can see there's a significant gap we are trying to tighten up over the next few years," said Uryasz.
"We were the last institution in the Big 12 to initiate donor based seating and we started it in 2003. Its been a tough process no question and with the economic times we know its even tougher," Uryasz added.
Cunningham knows the money is going to a good cause. He says he's thinking about getting rid of two of his four tickets. "I hate to see the regular fan get out of the deal. I wish there was a way Tech could make money and we could also have the regular Joe going on a $99 ticket," he says.
Texas Tech Announces Football Season Ticket Plan