For the first time in five years, the cost for Iowa football tickets will not increase, the UI announced Tuesday.
The cost of a season ticket for 2013 will be $388 for the general public, $318 for UI faculty and staff, and $175 for current UI students. General public or UI faculty/staff season ticket buyers from last season can place their 2013 season ticket order online beginning today by visiting the online ticket office inside hawkeyesports.com.
Iowa football tickets increased four consecutive years, rising $3 in 2009 and 2010 and $2 in 2011 and 2012. The last year Iowa tickets remained static was the 2008 season.
Iowa’s premium-ticket games for 2013 are Wisconsin and Michigan, with single-game tickets, if available, set at $70 apiece. Single-game tickets for Northern Illinois, Michigan State and Northwestern at set at $65. Western Michigan is $60; Missouri State, an FCS school, is set at $55.
A $25 youth ticket will also be available on a limited basis for the games against Northern Illinois, Western Michigan and Missouri State.
If available, single-game tickets will go on sale in early July.
The Hawkeyes’ home schedule includes five teams that participated in 2012 bowl games: Northern Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Michigan.
Game-day parking fees for the 2013 football season will be the same as in 2012: $20 per car, $50 per recreation vehicle and $100 for over-the-road buses. Fans will also continue to have the option to park their vehicle in nearby Coralville and ride the Hawkeye Express to and from Kinnick. The cost of Hawkeye Express tickets will remain at $12 for adults and free for boys and girls 12-years-old and younger.
The $70 single-game ticket is pretty much standard operating procedure in the Big Ten. Michigan has the most expensive tickets in the Big Ten with a range from $85 to $70. Michigan State is next with tickets going from $80 to $50. Then, six schools have single-game rates that start at $70. Minnesota’s range drops to $35 a ticket. Ohio State and Penn State are fixed at $70 with no drop.
In 2011, Iowa’s general public football tickets were priced fifth in the Big Ten.
Iowa’s $175 student season ticket is the fourth most expensive in the conference.
A Kinnick reseating is on the horizon in 2014.
Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta said last spring that Kinnick again will be reseated in 2014. The stadium was reseated after a $90 million renovation project in 2006. Barta then told Iowa fans then that the process would happen again in five years.
The 2014 reseating should be less jarring than in 2006, when seniority seating was replaced by a points system based on donation. Then, Iowa introduced a priority seating system that ran on “points,” accumulated for everything from the yearly $7,500 donation for membership in the Kinnick Society worth 50 points to the 10 points ticketholders receive for being an Iowa graduate.
Barta said last spring that a reseating would give Iowa a chance to increase revenue — “find more contributors” — and, potentially, give fans a shot at a better seat.
“It becomes an opportunity to grow our fan base and donor base, but it’s also about fairness,” Barta said. “If people are sitting in a seat and they want to improve it and they’ve had ‘X’ number of years as a season-ticket purchaser and they’ve been contributing, they want to see their seats improve.”
In 2006, 15,000 fans bought their way into the “priority seating system.” When Iowa put together that priority seating, school officials researched what other Big Ten schools did and took what they thought fit at Iowa, Barta said.
IOWA FOOTBALL 2013
Aug. 31 Northern Illinois
Sept. 7 Missouri State
Sept. 14 at Iowa State (Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series)
Sept. 21 Western Michigan
Sept. 28 at Minnesota
Oct. 5 Michigan State (Homecoming)
Oct. 12 Bye
Oct. 19 at Ohio State
Oct. 26 Northwestern
Nov. 2 Wisconsin
Nov. 9 at Purdue
Nov. 16 Bye
Nov. 23 Michigan
Nov. 29/30 at Nebraska (Hy-Vee Heroes Game)