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  • VT1994Hokie Aug 29, 2013

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    Good points. I would love to go to more games at VT. However, it's a 5 hour drive and we usually have to spend the night. They increase motel rates almost e times over during football season. That's a reason why I have two pretty large flat screens.

  • ewcanes Aug 27, 2013

    there is something to be said about watching the game on a couch with instant reply, pause, bathrooms, access to other games, etc. However, for my money, you can't beat or even replicate the atmosphere for a college game. I've been to a couple of NFL games and those tickets for big markets can start at over $300. You can get a whole season for the area teams for a little more. I imagine when I start to incur more expenses I'll have to cut season tix, but right now, Tailgating and college football is worth it

  • eYore Aug 26, 2013

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    That doesn't leave many other color options. Even green is taken by the Irish fans. So what is left? Fuchsia? Chartreuse? I think Mandy might have to go with Gray or Tweed.

  • RD28327 Aug 26, 2013

    Maybe Mandy needs to wear dark brown or chartreuse on game days. Perhaps back away from any shade of blue, red, purple, black or gold. Maybe even orange, garnet or burgundy. Just a thought. :-)

  • buckets112 Aug 26, 2013

    the price of 4 tickets + minimum donation + seat backs + parking + food has gotten pretty high.

    the ones fortunate enough to be able to afford such frivolities should be extremely thankful that they can still do so, especially in today's economy...i know i feel truly blessed to be able to watch my alma mater on saturdays in the fall (and the occasional thursday).

    even though i could watch in the comfort of my house, the price to see the games in person is worth it because i avoid getting migraines from not being able to verbally get rid of my stress and frustration through cheering and yelling.

  • tcoutouzis Aug 26, 2013

    Hey Mandy,

    I think that the major part is the economy. You have to take into account that the Unemployment/Underemployment rate is around 9.5%. That is a lot of people not working or not making enough to get by. I saw the Bureau of Labor statistics report on Fox Business last week that showed of the 953,000 jobs created this year that 731,000 of those jobs are part-time. Only 222,000 are full-time. No one has any disposable income to pay the rising prices as family incomes shrink. I think that would be your answer. If the economy were back to a 3% unemployment rate with the overwhelming majority of those jobs being full time then I think we might not be seeing this.

    If my wife worked full time, we could travel out to Greenville to catch my alma mater (ECU Pirates) and we could go to see some games at my wife's alma mater (UNC). The problem is 2 adults and 2 children x $65 a ticket, not to mention concessions, parking and gas. We are looking at spending $350-400 just to go see a game and not buy any game day stuff. I think this is the reason. Here is the link to the article below.

    http://www.foxbusiness.com/government/2013/08/21/health-reform-turning-us-into-part-time-nation/

  • Ken D. Aug 26, 2013

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    Even though there is an edit button, it only works on news articles and smack talk forums. Columns like this don't allow edits for some reason.

  • sportznutV2.1 Aug 26, 2013

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    Ken just edit that post and it will fix it anywhere it is quoted.

  • Ken D. Aug 26, 2013

    I hate that you can't edit posts made to columns like this. I didn't mean to make some sort of statement when I said "Wolppack" - it was just a typo.

  • TB from WF Aug 26, 2013

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    I'm surprised the IRS hasn't Ken. They sure are closing every loophole to small businesses in existence. :(

  • Ken D. Aug 26, 2013

    The fact that Forbes is reporting on secondary market prices for tickets raises an interesting question. Back in the days when I was buying season tix through the Wolppack Club, I was always advised by them every year that I had to subtract the value of the tickets that came with my "donation". That value was specified as the face value of the tickets. But that was before the days of internet secondary ticket markets.

    Now, thanks to Forbes, we have hard data that shows the actual value of some of those tickets to be much higher than face value. In theory, the IRS should require that booster club donations, when they include premium seating, should be reduced by the higher fair market value of those seats. Lucky for the fatcats who get the 50 yard line seats, the IRS pretends it doesn't know they are more valuable.

    What if they stopped pretending?

  • gsb46 Aug 26, 2013

    I used to be a season ticket holder for State football but it got to be too much of a hassle. Those aluminum benches don't provide enough space for today's human being and we'd always get at least one behemoth on our row which means everybody gets less space. Bathrooms are always crowded, especially the ladies which my wife hated, and tailgating on asphalt in 90 degree weather? Now that most of our games are on TV I'd much rather sit on my sofa in climate controlled comfort, eat what I want, drink my favorite adult beverage throughout the game and the john is always unoccupado.

  • Ken D. Aug 26, 2013

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    It's not clear from the article if those prices were the average resale price of the tickets actually sold, or if it's the average asking price of all the tickets offered for sale on the resale market.

    In any event, the school isn't getting that money. Most of those seats are offered by season ticket holders who bought them for much less. If more fans who hold premium seats offer them for sale, the average is likely to be higher than if the seats are of the nose-bleed variety. If you're willing to take those, you do just as well to take your chances in the parking lot than buying them online thru a broker.

    While declining ticket revenues may be a problem for some schools, they are more than offset by the escalating TV contracts for power conference schools. And I'm sure there is a cause and effect relationship between those two things, as virtually all reasonably attractive matchups are televised these days. As has been pointed out, if you just want to go for the pageantry, and to watch the home team to beat up on Cupcake U., you can get some pretty good bargains.

  • west1117722 Aug 26, 2013

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    I can remember back in the late 80"s Carolina would travel to Maryland and they would have there full marching band and at about 4-5 thousands fans at Byrd Stadium have not seen that in many years plus when i used to go to away games you have to realize Gas prices were a lot cheaper and food was too We used to stay in Downtown Washington on fri and sat nights when we went to Maryland at nice Hotels for less than $60 a nite not anymore when we went to the 2010 Peach Bowl kickoff in ATlanta for Carolina -LSU $219 at the Marriot so its not only Tixs prices its a combition of every thing

  • StunGunn Aug 26, 2013

    It isn't cheap to see a ball game these days, and I understand why it's tempting to stay home and watch live sports, especially with all the HD-TVs out there.

  • mmitchell4 Aug 25, 2013

    my comment was meant for cjw6105, not bama. My bad.

  • mmitchell4 Aug 25, 2013

    Hi Bama95,

    The article I linked to tells how the average ticket prices were calculated. I say it's a good thing because it means the demand for tickets is high at NC State.

    -MM

  • bama95 Aug 25, 2013

    Ticket prices may be a problem, but it's not based on the price of re-sale market. Most schools sell season tickets and then individual game tickets at prices <$65/game. No sellout means they didn't sell at face value, not based on stubhub, etc.

  • VT1994Hokie Aug 25, 2013

    Good information. The Hokies led for many years, and this one surprises me. I didn't realize the 93 game streak dating back to 98 was in trouble. I have bragged on here many times about how we always sell out at home. Last year at 7-6 didn't help. Many people were simply tired of some coaches under Beamer. Most of us that give to the University know how much our program has gone down in the last 3-4 years with recruitment. It's really easy to see this fact. This fact still ticks me, and the loyal fans of VT.

    Our fans are still the best in traveling. Or, at least they used to be the best. Who knows? I used to go to home games and had tickets for years. Two years ago, I ended up selling most all tickets. Now. I just buy a few tickets of games that I really want to see at Lane Stadium.

  • cjw6105 Aug 25, 2013

    Who said NC State's average ticket price is $118, let alone that being a good thing? The prices for lifetime tickets at C-F Stadium vary, but most are $65 and under, depending on who's playing and where the seats are.

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