October 17, 2015 at 1:46 am #22694
Anyone notice the Ticketmaster-style fees the LU ticket office is starting to charge per ticket for phone and mail orders? Even a $1 per-ticket fee to buy any ticket.
What’s up with that?
Why not just increase prices?
Starting to feel over-feed (not overfed)October 17, 2015 at 2:15 am #22695
I know that Bethlehem installed an amusement tax which is tacked on separately. Is that what you are referring to?
On a slightly different note I was wondering if Lehigh is beginning to price themselves out of the market a bit in terms of the locals. Wrestling tickets have become absurd but the aging wrestling fan base is willing to pay it, so it remains.
I went to the Princeton game and was quite surprised that the tickets were only $8 and included a free program. Are we in line with other PL teams?
Hopefully, I get invited back to another focus group on the Lehigh sports experience. I’m taking notes :-).October 17, 2015 at 4:16 am #22700
Actually, I think they lowered the wrestling ticket prices this year. Princeton has always given out free programs. Their endowment allows that.October 18, 2015 at 5:50 am #22713
I’m not aware of an amusement tax — all I know is there is a $4.95 for mail/phone tickets; $1 in person (maybe the $1 is an amusement tax).
TMH — you might be right. Want to pack stadium? Lower prices (not that they’re high).
Anyone know if you have to pay to park at football games this year? Or are the $10 parking passes only for a certain area? I’ve not been yet, but plan to be there for G-town.October 24, 2015 at 12:32 am #22840
I think the $1 charge is a day of game price increase.
Parking is still free for Lehigh football games.
Lehigh’s football tickets are slightly cheaper than Lafayette’s or Villanova’s. They are slightly more expensive than Penn’s.October 24, 2015 at 2:35 am #22844
Thanks, CHIP72October 25, 2015 at 1:11 pm #22889
One more quick follow-up regarding ticket prices – I attended the Villanova/Towson game last night*, and Towson charged $25 for regular reserved tickets. $25. At least the reserved seats were bleachers with backs. It was Towson’s homecoming (though the ticket cost is the same for all games), so some non-regulars attended, and I talked with a couple of them. They couldn’t believe the cost either, and one guy I talked to who had 3 kids told me they also didn’t have discounted children’s tickets.
Excluding small population states that have no Division I-A/FBS or NFL teams, I think $25 for a regular tickets to a Division I-AA/FCS game is too high. Ironically, the Penn State/Maryland game was only played about 10 miles away at the Baltimore Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, and played at such a time that fans couldn’t attend both games in their entirety or near-entirety. (Had Penn State/Maryland started at 12 PM, I would have also gone to that game.)
*It was only the second time I’ve gone to a football game at Towson. (I’ve also gone to a couple of basketball games there.) The first was that memorable 40-38 Lehigh playoff victory in 2011.October 25, 2015 at 8:27 pm #22900
Crazy. But sports parents are easily held hostage nowadays from youth sports to high schools to …
I find it ridiculous, for example, that taxpayers have to pay to watch their kids play ball. No ticket admission to spelling bee.October 26, 2015 at 4:30 am #22927
[quote=22900]Crazy. But sports parents are easily held hostage nowadays from youth sports to high schools to …
I find it ridiculous, for example, that taxpayers have to pay to watch their kids play ball. No ticket admission to spelling bee.
Helps defray the costs of the athletic depts that already run at a loss. Not much overhead for a spelling. Football helmets, alone are $100-200 a piece.October 28, 2015 at 6:03 am #23006
Not much overhead in soccer, for example. Yes, fees help defray costs. But many public and private school (middle and high schools) families already are paying booster club dues, pay-to-play fees, raising funds through pancake breakfasts and the like.
Yet everyone wants attendance.
Someone sent me a link to get tickets for the LU football game this weekend, and advance tickets, including fees, are about $20 pp.
Is it really worth it? At an Iron Pigs game, for example, I get a far better value — given the atmosphere, other things going on there.
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