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fishwhistler
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Texas A&M 'donations amount' check


Hey Rant. Please attach a link if this subject has been covered. If new, here is what my parents are telling me about their 4 season tickets and pricing, so I need to verify from other season ticket holders.

$6,600.00 - Annual Foundation donation (either 12th Man or Former Students, can't remember)

$2,100.00 - cost for 4 tickets (roughly same as last year ticket prices)

Does the donation appear to be inline with what is being told?
Is this donation an annual fee or one time fee. Parents claim they are being told its an annual fee.

Thanks a bunch to all.







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Dr RC
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re: Texas A&M 'donations amount' check


pretty sure you also have to give up the soul of your first born male son.

if yours has already been sold off you have to give up two souls to make up for it.




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PowerTool
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re: Texas A&M 'donations amount' check


The donation amount varies by location. That amount sounds right for some sections; they could go cheaper if they wanted. And yes, it's an annual donation to the 12th Man Foundation.





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WhiskerBiscuitSlayer
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Holy shit, my donation amount is way lower than that and I've had my seats for 25 years. West Side, 2nd Deck, Sect 416. Gave up first born son. Didn't need him.





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leoj
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yeah, was about to say, op's parents are in way better seats than mine based on that donation amount





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Roger Klarvin
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A donation of $1650 a seat puts them on second deck east-side I think. Sitting in the zone is actally pretty cheap, most go for less than $100 per year per seat.

Unless one has a TON of disposable income, I've never understood paying several thousand in donations per year per seat. Outside of a very select few east-side sections that are essrntially impossible to ever get anyway it just isnt worth it. The view isnt thousands of dollars better.






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fishwhistler
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re: Texas A&M 'donations amount' check


Faculty side, 20 yard line, first deck, last row, first 4 seats, covered. Maybe this info helps.

So $6600 is high compared to others I see now, but parents did say the increase in seat price versus last year went up much more for the endzone seats because the seats are new and upgraded. We're all contributing in very clever ways.

It's a bit much to justify $8,700 for four season tickets, meaning around $1250 per game based on 7 home games. That really puts the importance of seeing Rice or SMU at home into perspective.

Looks like we are going to give up the tickets and buy for a particular game. Even if we get gouged, I'm sure it will be less than $1250 for 4 tickets.

There is also the tailgate option. They hear the game for free while still chillin at their campsite watching the game with beer and food in hand. Hmmm...






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ImperialPalace
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re: Texas A&M 'donations amount' check


quote:

$6,600.00 - Annual Foundation donation (either 12th Man or Former Students, can't remember) $2,100.00 - cost for 4 tickets (roughly same as last year ticket prices) Does the donation appear to be inline with what is being told? Is this donation an annual fee or one time fee. Parents claim they are being told its an annual fee. Thanks a bunch to all.

I sit close the top of the Zone alongside fellow members of the proletariat (Section 522, I believe).

To sit among THE PEOPLE for the entire season only costs $540 total per season ticket. It's $490 for the tickets, plus a $50 donation to the 12th Man Foundation.

$540 may not sound like a lot, but the price for my season tickets has more than doubled from 2011.






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finestfirst79
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I'm thinking it's good I moved away from Texas or I might actually fall for this scam. Hell I thought I was doing something sending them $1K for essentially nothing other than the mag, but I see now I'm basically trailer trash.





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PowerTool
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Before you get too impressed with what some people donate, keep in mind that a lot of people use corporate matching funds and/or family charitable entities. When I worked for TMF in the 90's, some companies matched employee gifts as much as 2:1. Married couples could combine their discounts/matches. And if you add in the recent grad discount, we would have some people buying prime seats for less than a grand out of pocket.

But it does blow my mind how much some people are willing to spend to "upgrade" by one section or a few rows. I've sat in "endowed" 2nd deck West Side seats and can't imagine myself choosing those over 1st deck East Side. I imagine most of those folks have Ben Knox paintings hanging on their walls.






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FrankWhite'56
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Sat next to a guy a few years back who did just that. Both he and his spouse worked for Dow Corning, and they did a 2:1 corporate match. He and his wife each donated end of December, and then again in January. The combined amount of the (4) donations was enough to get Endowed seats that year.

He is armchair, 50 yard-line forever -- just for the cost of the season tickets.






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finestfirst79
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I guess what I don't get is what the folks paying thousands for see as the value for their dollars. I enjoyed the two games I went to last year (Ole Miss and La Tech) immensely and had seats inside the 30 for both, and wouldn't trade those experiences for anything because I got to see a lot of my classmates I hadn't seen in 30 years (and in any case the tickets were easy to get and less than $100/seat). But from a pure football-watching standpoint I'd have been better off sitting on my couch watching in HD. For free. I'm glad there are apparently A LOT of people willing to part with that much cash and fill up the stadium, but honestly I don't get it. Maybe I'm just an old curmudgeon.





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PowerTool
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For a lot of people it's pure petty status. They want to be able to brag to their old classmates and whoever about having better seats.

Then there are some who, as far as I can tell, just don't follow sports outside of A&M and have no basis for comparing costs & amenities, and have no competing interests for entertainment dollars. They're not thinking about which NFL games or big match ups at other schools they could see for the same (or less) money, they are ONLY thinking about how good their seats at Kyle will be.







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