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BamaWins15
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Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
My email inbox inundated with constant solicitation from the Athletic department to buy football tickets. Are we spoiled?


auisssa
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Member since Feb 2010
2453 posts

re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
Ask the people on the neverending TidePride waiting list.


pvilleguru
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
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Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?

Yes.
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Are we spoiled?

I wouldn't say that.
This post was edited on 7/5 at 6:43 am


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tide06
Alabama Fan
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
They kicked the people in the upper deck end zone out for the new luxury boxes, then realized they were going to have empty seats this year so they offered those seats as a one time package (non-renewable) to people on the waiting list.

I don’t think there was much demand and I suspect many people didn’t like the way this went down for loyal season ticket holders.



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East Coast Band
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Member since Nov 2010
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
When at least 3 of your 7 home game season tickets are against shite teams, I'm surprised there's not more available.
Then you mix in one or two of the conference opponents on a "down" or "rebuilding" year, then it compounds the issue.


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BamaGradinTn
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
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Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?


Yes.

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Ask the people on the neverending TidePride waiting list.


You can buy season tickets on StubHub for just a slight markup over the ticket price + donation. Right now, the cheapest are a pair, section SS-9, Row 8, which wouldn't be bad seats at all, for under $700 each, and that's including StubHub fees.


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RollDatRoll
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
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Are we spoiled?


I don't believe we are spoiled, but it is a combination of people being tired of watching us play vs lower tier teams three times a year, ticket prices, and how great the experience is at home or a bar.


prevatt33
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
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I don't believe we are spoiled, but it is a combination of people being tired of watching us play vs lower tier teams three times a year, ticket prices, and how great the experience is at home or a bar.


The other issue is that in the US, inflation and the cost of living have been far outpacing salary/wage increases for a long time, and it's been true for decades now. The simple fact is a much lower percentage of Americans can afford to go to games. It's just a fact.

In the 1950's, one man could make enough money at a solid blue-collar job to fund the needs and wants of a middle-class family of 4. Today, both spouses need to work, and most aren't getting ahead or putting much away for the future. It is what it is.


Dick Tracy
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Montgomery
Member since Nov 2016
361 posts

re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
not spoiled... just tired of the athletic dept shitting on loyal season ticket holders. All about the dollar. Byrne and the foundation thinking they can do what ever they want and still sell out everything. Big screen tv and comfort of home will do them in one of the days. Saba aint gonna be here forever and then lets see how the season tickets sell.


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TomRollTideRitter
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
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how great the experience is at home or a bar.


One thing people never mention is that improving the home experience has made the experience at the games worse.

Games against UL Monroe would’ve never been played at 11am before every game was on TV, and there weren’t nearly as many TV ads that create just dead time at the games.
This post was edited on 7/5 at 10:39 pm


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phil4bama
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
Well, we’re not there yet but you know the shite has hit the fan and we’re at rock bottom when we start offering those mini packages that even some of the major schools are selling. It’s always 2 shite games and 1 decent opponent in a 3 ticket package for something like $149 bucks. FSU is doing it and can’t give them away. And it’s not a new thing for them either so don’t blame Willie.


BamaWins15
Alabama Fan
Member since Sep 2015
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
I think the lower tier games have hurt attendance. I am a season ticket holder and don’t go to half the games. I am not traveling 5 1/2 hours to watch them play LA Tech. Sorry - just not doing it.


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Kraut Dawg
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Member since Sep 2012
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
Going forward, attendance at sporting events is going to continue to drop, not just at UA. Younger people require multiple forms of entertainment & conveniences outside of the game itself. I said it then, will say it now, we overbuilt BDS if you look a decade forward.

Those of us who want to go are growing tired of the inconveniences of paying exorbitant costs, travel time just to get there. All for the privilege of sitting in 93° heat to watch us bludgeon a Sun Belt team (or worse) 3/7 games per year?


phil4bama
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Emerald Coast of PCB
Member since Jul 2011
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
Add to that missing all the other games that day when I could be sitting home watching them all in 8k resolution on a big screen in the comfort of my living room with anything I desire just steps away in my kitchen.

I still want to go for the experience at times but I think it would behoove sports everywhere to realize that they are losing the competition for the entertainment dollar simply by pricing themselves out of it just like movie theaters do.


Gj4Bama
Alabama Fan
Roll Tide!
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695 posts

re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
I used to drive 3 1/2 hours every Saturday to attend the home games, no matter who we played. But as I get older I usually only go to about half of them now. We give the tickets to other family members or friends for the games that we don’t go to.


ATLabama
Alabama Fan
Member since Jan 2013
430 posts

re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
There’s a great thread on this on the Rant board... but everyone here hit on most of it:

The time/money value commitment is not worth half the games.

People think it’s just about ticket costs - it’s not. It’s about everything else: lodging, parking, shitty concessions, no alcohol sales, crazy time to and from game with poor infrastructure... this list goes on.

Gave up my Tide Pride tickets this year. They called me up and asked if I wanted to purchase 2 more.

Can assure you that “list” is a mirage.

This isn’t just an “us” thing; it’s a college sports thing.

Outside of maybe ONE game a year, college football was exponentially cheaper to go to than pro football games.

Now, you’re better off just staying put in your city and going to the NFL game. Better competition, exponentially better stadiums, closer, shorter game times, better travel infrastructure... many of my Saints/LSU and Aggie/Texan counterparts have done the same. Stay put and go to the local bar on Saturdays and spend the money for the games to go to on Sundays. I’ll go to 1-2 games this coming season in dear Tuscaloosa, but my season dollars have now shifted. Honestly, couldn’t be happier.


The Spleen
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Member since Dec 2010
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
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One thing people never mention is that improving the home experience has made the experience at the games worse.

Games against UL Monroe would’ve never been played at 11am before every game was on TV, and there weren’t nearly as many TV ads that create just dead time at the games.




Yep. I've been saying it since the first contract with ESPN that put all the games on TV. The league and schools have been chasing that TV money, and as a result turning the game into a TV-centered game. It has hurt the stadium experience, both with the constant TV timeouts, and with the mandated kick off times.

The league needs to take back some control of their product for it to get better, but it's hard to lose that guaranteed TV money once you're hooked on it.


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crimsontater
Alabama Fan
Trenton GA
Member since Dec 2009
2336 posts

re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
it's a whole lot more comfortable for me to drive 15 miles to my friends, set up for football, garage. with a 15' screen, food on the grille, cold waters in the fridge or hot coffee, whichever i want. then be home in a matter of minutes after beating chattanooga.

my brother and i used to have season tix. back then it was a blast to be in the atmosphere surrounding bds. but then everything changed. i still go to a game bout every other year. but home is far more enjoyable.


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14&Counting
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Member since Jul 2012
20102 posts

re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
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The other issue is that in the US, inflation and the cost of living have been far outpacing salary/wage increases for a long time, and it's been true for decades now. The simple fact is a much lower percentage of Americans can afford to go to games. It's just a fact.


The games have become more expensive. We have been starting the season usually with a high profile name in a destination city, and now we have the SECCG plus two playoff games. People are going to allocate their dollars to those games before they will go see some mediocre opponent at home


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Bamafan18
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Member since Oct 2018
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re: Is Bama having hard time selling tickets?
They’re selling the home opener tickets for like $24. Yes they’re having trouble


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