Posted by: marcmwm | March 3, 2009

No ticket price increase for football

This is the time of year this question gets answered.

And here it is, from the University of Iowa.


UI to offer payment plan for orders made before May 1


IOWA CITY, Iowa – Season tickets to the seven home games of the 2009 University of Iowa football team will cost the same as a year ago and fans will have the option of paying for their purchase over three months, the UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced today.


Season tickets purchased by the general public will cost $339 each.  Season tickets for UI faculty and staff will cost $275 each.  Season tickets for current UI students will cost $154.   All prices are the same charged for season tickets to last year’s seven-game home schedule.


The UI will accept orders for season tickets from 2008 season ticket customers and new customers beginning Monday (Mar. 9).  Fans who purchased season tickets for the 2008 season will have until May 1 to place their order and retain their seat location(s) of a year ago.


Fans of the Hawkeyes who purchase season tickets prior to May 1 will have the option of paying for their purchase in three equal installments.  The first installment will be due upon receipt of order. The second and third installments will be due on May 26 and June 23, respectively.


The payment plan can also be used for the purchase of tickets to ride the Hawkeye Express, fees associated with game-day parking in select campus parking lots managed by the UI, and the purchase of Kinnick Stadium chairbacks if the purchase is made at the time when a fan is ordering their season tickets. There will be no additional fees or charges as a result of selecting the installment plan.


“We wanted to reward our loyal season ticket holders by not increasing season ticket prices during these tough economic times.  I’m also pleased that our ticket office staff was able to create the plan to provide our fans some flexibility on when payment needed to be made,” said Gary Barta, the UI’s director of athletics.


The 2009 schedule for the Iowa Hawkeyes includes seven games at historic Kinnick Stadium.  Coach Kirk Ferentz’s squad will play non-conference home games against intrastate rival Northern Iowa, Arizona, and Arkansas State prior to entertaining Big Ten Conference opponents Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern and Minnesota.


Iowa will enter its spring practices later this month with significant momentum.  The Hawkeyes won five of their final six regular season games in 2008 and defeated South Carolina in the 2009 Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.  That was Iowa’s third New Year’s Day bowl game victory under Ferentz, who is entering his 11th season as head coach of the Hawkeyes, a total that ranks second in the Big Ten to Penn State University’s Joe Paterno.


Like the Hawkeyes, Northern Iowa, Arizona, Northwestern and Minnesota all participated in post-season competition in 2008.  Iowa’s game against Michigan is this year’s Homecoming game.


“The magic of historic Kinnick Stadium is created by our fans.  They are the difference-makers and we greatly appreciate their support and commitment,” said Barta.


As in the past, the UI Athletics Ticket Office will likely offer fans the option of a three-game ticket package.  The cost, the games that will be involved, and when the UI will begin accepting orders for that ticket option have not yet been determined.


Single-game ticket sales will likely begin in July, if single game tickets are available. The cost of a reserved seat single-game ticket to Iowa’s 2009 Homecoming game against Michigan – one of two “premium games” on the Hawkeyes’ 2009 schedule – will be $70. The cost of a reserved seat single-game ticket to Iowa’s other premium game – the Hawkeyes’ date with Arizona – will be $65.


The cost of a reserved seat single-game ticket to Iowa’s other five home games will be $52 each – a $2 increase over the cost of a similar ticket a year ago.  The UI will also again offer a $25 ticket for boys and girls high school aged and younger to to-be-determined home games on the 2009 schedule.



  1. Great.

    I know this doesn’t belong on this particular page but your superiors are destroying this newspaper. Too bad, for all of us.

  2. I’m excited about the future. I know, company line bozo. Please, hear me out.

    What we’re doing here should lead to deeper, richer content, more interactivity and an overall better online experience.

    Reporters/columnists will be completely seperated from the production process. We will be our own bosses, in my mind. Digital first will be the attitude.

    Will everything work? No, it won’t. But I plan to make the smartest moves I possibly can.

    I hope we’re not too cavalier with what we’re calling things. I hope we stick closely to The Gazette and the instituational superbrand that it has been over generations.

  3. Marc –

    The interactivity aspect is what intrigues me. The way you do this blog is a great example of how you can use a digital medium to enrich your print content. Your participation with your readers/commenters adds a new level of depth that you don’t find in the print world.

    You seem to get this a little more than your coworkers who don’t have the robust back-and-forth you do here.

  4. Hey MF,

    I definitely need to spread the gospel. Interactivity and engagement blended with information, entertainment. The front end of my career was info and entertainment, the Jim Murray model. I think I’ve just dipped my toe into interactivity and engagement.

    The posters here have made it easy.

    We all read messageboards and whatever else is out there on the Internet. I think a certain percentage of us get tired of the flame wars and general lunacy out there. I like to think of this place as a refuge for folks who don’t care to fight the pointless word fights with Internet Tough Guy.

    I enjoy the discussion here. I enjoy posters’ opinions. I’ve never been a know-it-all (at least, I don’t think I’ve been). And this is sports, a crystal with many prisms. I hope to provide some direction, answers and talking points.

    Which reminds me, I better write about beer again and soon!!!

  5. I can’t wait for the Gazette to do a PTI knock-off with you and Hlas. The only question is which one plays Kornheiser?

  6. You’ve got a great name and you clearly have benefited from those you met writing for the DI.

  7. Yes!

    I learned everything I need to know in the fall of 1990!

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