Adjusted Ticket Policy Responds to Rising Scholarship Cost
The Florida State Athletic Committee approved a revised Priority Ticket Policy on Monday that has been recommended to President TK Wetherell for implementation with the 2006 football season.
While we will send each Seminole Booster donor a detailed letter at a later date, to let you know how the policy will affect your specific account, we wanted to give you a quick heads up today.
The policy was revised because it had to be in order for Seminole Booster to meet their obligation of fully funding scholarship costs, which have risen by nearly $3 million per year in the last five years.
The policy revisions include:
The process of evaluating each account will begin in May 2005 after which you will be notified as to whether your account will be affected. If your account is affected you may choose from several options.
We appreciate your patience while we examine each account.
The following Q&A should answer many of your questions. If you need to discuss your account, we will have someone from the Booster staff call you at a date and time convenient to you.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to e-mail Jerry Kutz at email@example.com
Thanks for your support.
When do the updates go into effect?
Not until the 2006 football season.
Who is affected by the updates?
All Seminole Booster members will be affected by an increase (about 10%) in donor level requirements. Not quite 30 percent of season ticket holders will be affected by the updates in the policy.
How does this affect you?
While less than 30 percent of our ticket holders will be affected, we will mail official notification to everyone this summer letting them know if the policy will affect their account. If you are affected by the changes, we will offer you several options. Since the policy does not go into effect until the 2006 football season there will be plenty of time to decide between the various options.
Why did the ticket policy have to be adjusted?
To meet the rising cost of scholarships and to create a more equitable distribution of priority seats, in particular to long time supporters unable to purchase any seats in the priority areas.
When FSU’s Ticket Priority Policy was implemented in 1979, scholarship costs were $643,917. Scholarship costs grew to $4.1 million by 2001, when the policy was last adjusted, to nearly $7 million in 2004 – an increase of $3 million — and is expected to continue to rise. FSU does not have a large endowment, so scholarship costs are funded by donations to the Seminole Boosters Annual Fund, which is driven largely by the requirements and the benefits of the Ticket Priority Policy
Why are scholarship costs rising so fast?
As state funding to higher education diminishes, universities in the state of Florida have to raise tuition rates. Since athletic departments must pay the full cost of tuition, including out of state rates, the cost of scholarships continues to rise at double-digit rates. In addition, new NCAA academic requirements require even the best student-athletes stay on campus to take classes for 12 months rather than nine.
What are the donor level increases?
Each donor level was increased to the following:
|Double Golden Chief||$11,000||$12,000|
Does the policy force a person to give up seats?
No. The new allowances, which were adjusted to be more commensurate with actual scholarship costs, are designed to encourage priority ticket holders to reconsider how many priority tickets they really need. If they need to keep them all, the policy allows them to make an additional contribution to scholarship costs. When the policy was last updated in 2001, many people were willing to move some seats to a lower priority area which allowed longtime supporters to be rewarded with a few priority seats.
While many stadiums are reseated every few years based on total dollars donated, FSU chose to maintain the culture of its stadium by allowing the groups who wish to sit together to do so as long as they make the necessary contribution toward scholarship costs.
If a person has enough priority points to sit in a priority area, will these adjustments help?
While the adjusted policy does not force seats to be given up, our experience in 2001 was that the adjustments did affect movement and a more equitable distribution of seats.
When seats do become available in the Priority area, how will they be allocated?
When assigning season tickets, first consideration will be given to those with season tickets outside their priority area. These donors will be allowed to purchase up to four season tickets (six for Golden Chiefs [$6,000] and eight for Double Golden Chiefs [$12,000]) in the priority area before ticket holders who already have four seats in the priority area may add additional seats. For example, a customer who already has four seats in Priority I, but qualifies for 6 cannot be considered for two more tickets in Priority I until other qualifying customers with no seats in Priority I have the opportunity to get 4 seats in Priority I.
What are the priority areas?
The priority areas have not changed. Priority I includes seats between the 30 yard lines (aisle 5,6,24,25 and the interior half of aisle 4, 7, 23, 26); Priority II includes seats from the goal line to the 30 yard lines; Priority III includes the balance of the season tickets.
Do I have to donate to purchase season tickets?
No, not as long as tickets are available for non-donors who may purchase seats in Priority III. Non-donors receive points for longevity as a ticket holder (up to 10 years). If demand for tickets exceeds supply, orders will be filled based on points. To improve your chances of renewing seats, it is recommended that you build points by making tax-deductible gifts to Seminole Boosters to help pay the cost of scholarships. You can guarantee your right to renew two seats in Priority III by making a gift of as little as $135 per year.
What determines ticket priority?
Points and availability. Points determine where tickets will be located if available. Annual contribution determines how many tickets may be purchased in the priority area.
Points are accumulated based on: prior year ticket purchase (2 points); consecutive years as a ticket purchaser (up to 10); consecutive years as a Seminole Booster contributor (up to 5); current year donation (see scale); cumulative donation last five years (see same scale); Alumni Association member (2 points); faculty/staff/Varsity Club (2 points); Presidents Club (4 points).
Donation point scale
|$50 to $109||2 points||$1900 to $2199||13 points||$20,000 to $29,999||30 points|
|$110 to $249||4 points||$2200 to $2499||14 points||$30,000 to $39,999||35 points|
|$250 to $374||5 points||$2200 to $2499||14 points||$40,000 to $49,999||40 points|
|$375 to $499||6 points||$3000 to $3499||16 points||$50,000 to $59,999||45 points|
|$500 to $674||7 points||$3500 to $3999||17 points||$60,000 to $69,999||50 points|
|$675 to $849||8 points||$4000 to $4499||18 points||$70,000 to $79,999||55 points|
|$850 to $999||9 points||$4500 to $4999||19 points||$80,000 to $89,999||60 points|
|$1000 to $1299||10 points||$5000 to $9999||20 points||$90,000 to $99,999||65 points|
|$1300 to $1599||11 points||$10,000 to $19,999||25 points||$100,000 to $110,000||70 points|
|$1600 to $1899||12 points||Each additional $10,000|
How many priority tickets may a person purchase?
A person may still purchase the same number of priority tickets without increasing donor levels, however the adjusted allocation of priority seats will be limited in Priority I and spread between the priority sections. If a ticket holder with more than the new allowance for Priority I or II wishes to maintain all of the seats in Priority I or II he may do so by making an additional per seat contribution (see per seat table).
|2006 Ticket Allowances|
Priority II Section
*Guaranteed right to renew two seats in Priority III if seats are not available in PII
The ability to purchase tickets over these limits is subject to the availability of tickets.
What if a person has been purchasing more seats than the new allowance?
They will have several options.
a.) increase their contribution to the appropriate donor level and enjoy the additional benefits of that donor level;
b.) make an additional contribution per seat up to their current allotment based on seat location;
c.) not increase their contribution and move some or all of their seats to a lower priority area;
d.) not increase their contribution and reduce their allocation of seats in the priority area.
What will the per seat over the allowance be?
|Priority I East Priority I West||Priority II East||Priority II West|
|Row 1-10 – $200 Row 1-10 – $300||Row 1-10 – $100||Row 1-10 – $200|
|Row 11-60 – $300 Row 11-60 – $500||Row 11-60 – $200||Row 11-60 – $300|
|Row 61-84 – $200 Row 61-84 – $300||Row 61-84 – $100||Row 61-84 – $200|
Where will seats be located if a person chooses to relocate?
Donors relocation will be based on points in the best available location.
What is the point requirement for Priority I and Priority II?
The minimum point requirements for the priority sections are:
|Priority Area I|
|Priority Area II|
How do I know how many points I have?
Ticket holders will be notified on the annual ticket renewal form of their point total and of the point requirement for each Priority area. If a ticket holder does not meet the minimum point requirement, and the demand for seats in the Priority area exceeds the supply, the ticket office reserves the right to move that ticket holder’s seats. Determination of which ticket holders will be moved will be made by priority points in ascending order.
Has any provision been made for the elderly or those with financial hardship?
Yes. The policy has a rule of 85 which states that if any individual has had tickets for 20 or more people and is 65 years or older, or disabled, and on a fixed income insufficient to make the contribution for the priority area in which their seats are located, the policy may be wavered up to 4 seats. The ticket holder will need to submit a letter of justification to a committee of the athletic board. In consideration of this exemption, the ticket holder will be asked to donate to the best of their ability.
Who should I call about my ticket/Booster account?
Seminole Boosters will handle all questions and inquiries. The process of evaluating each account will begin in May 2005 after which you will be notified as to whether your account will be affected. If your account is affected you will choose from several options. If you need to discuss your account, we will have someone from the Booster staff call you at a date and time convenient to you. We appreciate your patience while we examine each account.