Iowa raises season ticket price $1

ISU, Wisconsin, Nebraska draw the premium $70 ticket

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March 29, 2014 | 1:49 am

Iowa didn't raise ticket prices coming out of the 4-8 2012 season. That was a wise move. So, you probably saw this one coming.

General public football season tickets will cost $395 in 2014. The cost was $388 in 2013. UI faculty and staff who purchase season tickets will pay $325; this group paid $318 per ticket. Iowa last increased the cost of its season football tickets following the 2011 season.

The cost of a season ticket for current UI students will remain at $175. Students will also have the opportunity to purchase a six-game season ticket at a cost of $150. The six-game season ticket won't include the Hawkeyes’ home game against Nebraska, played the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Iowa went along with the national trend in student season-ticket sales on a downward spiral. Iowa allocates 10,400 tickets for its students but sold less than 7,500 in 2013. As part of a one-year measure, the school shifted section 217 away from the students and to the general public.

If available, the cost of a single-game ticket for 2014 will range from $55 to $70.

Iowa's premium-ticket games are Iowa State, Wisconsin and Nebraska ($70). Single-game tickets for Indiana and Northwestern are set at $65. Northern Iowa is $60 and Ball State is $55.

Single-game tickets have historically gone on sale in early July.

The Hawkeyes’ home schedule includes three teams that participated in 2012 bowl games: Ball State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Last season, that number was five (Northern Illinois, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Michigan).

Iowa didn't raise ticket prices coming out of the 4-8 2012 season. That was a wise move.

So, you probably saw this one coming.

I'm not going to judge whether or not this is too much or too little or whatever. Everybody has their price point.

For what it's worth, here's TiqIQ's Top 25 ticket prices (these rankings, according to the site, are based on the average price of teams’ home games, so the more fans buy the higher their team ranks).

Here's the release from UI sports info:

FOOTBALL SEASON TICKETS TO INCREASE $1 PER GAME FOR 2014 HOME SCHEDULE

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Season tickets for the seven home games of the 2014 University of Iowa football team will increase $1 per game for the general public and UI faculty and staff, the UI Athletics Department announced today.  The cost of a season ticket for a UI student will not change.

Fans of the Hawkeyes who purchase general public football season tickets will pay $395 in 2014 after having paid $388 in 2013.  UI faculty and staff who purchase season tickets will pay $325; this group paid $318 per ticket.  The UI last increased the cost of its season football tickets following the 2011 season.

The cost of a season ticket for current UI students will remain at $175.  Students will also have the opportunity to purchase a six-game season ticket at a cost of $150; the six-game season ticket will not include the Hawkeyes’ home game against Nebraska to be played at historic Kinnick Stadium on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

If available, the cost of a single-game ticket will range from $55 to $70:

Northern Iowa (Aug. 30)               $60

Ball State (Sept. 6)                           $55

Iowa State (Sept. 13)                      $70

Indiana (Oct. 11)                               $65

Northwestern (Nov. 1)                  $65

Wisconsin (Nov. 22)                        $70

Nebraska (Nov. 28)                         $70

A limited number of discount priced tickets, available for use by boys and girls high school age and younger, will be available at a cost of $25 each for Iowa’s non-conference games against Northern Iowa and Ball State, and Iowa’s game against Big Ten Conference rivals Indiana and Northwestern.

Season tickets will go on sale to last year’s season ticket customers and all current UI students in late February.

Iowa will open its 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Northern Iowa in the first of seven home games at Kinnick Stadium. That schedule includes non-conference games against Ball State and Iowa State, and dates with Big Ten Conference rivals Indiana, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.  The 2014 Hy-Vee Heroes Game against the Cornhuskers will be played on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The 2014 season is also the first for the Big Ten Conference’s new divisions.  Iowa is a member of the West Division along with this group of football programs: Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

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