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Comparing costs: U. of Utah earns $14 million from football ticketing, keeps focus on fans

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    We EARNED the good things that are coming as a result of our prestigious BCS membership.

    We built a program that has a quickly growing fan base, we EARNED every win in our 2004 and 2008 seasons, which led to us being worthy of a Pac 12 invite, and now we deserve to be counted among the best programs in the nation.

    Long live the University of Utah

    Long Live the Pac 12!

    8-4 season, 4-0 career sweep over byu

    Mark it Down

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Best renewal rate in the state?

    That tells us a couple things:

    1. Ute fans are proud of our past, know we deserve to be where we are now, and know what the future holds(rose bowls, Pac 12 championships, realistic NC hopes)

    2. byu and usu fans know that the future holds nothing worth watching!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    I've said it before, but its worth repeating:

    I love my bc$ membership!

    Utah 30
    byu 14

    Utah 27
    usu 13

    Mark it Down

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2013 12:35 p.m.

    This will be my 7th year with season tickets!

    You'd better believe I'll be repeating as long as I'm in the state.

    Go utes!

  • BenTheUteFan West Valley, UT
    July 24, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    Vocal Minority? Who is this quiet majority that doesn't want stadium expansion? I haven't met them. Could you refer us to a poll?

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2013 12:54 p.m.

    I hope superconferences DO form.

    There are approximately 60 deserving schools.

    They are in a superconference.

    If they aren't in a superconference, it's because they don't deserve to be.

    Won't it be great when all there is is superconferences and division II programs?

  • Max-was-right springville, UT
    July 24, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    5-7 chrissy and no bowl game, mark that down.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    July 24, 2013 1:44 p.m.

    Interesting how "Amateur" college sports has become such a money-maker. And they don't compensate the "amateur" athletes for their efforts and the health risks inherent in the sports.

    But we see where all the money goes: college coaches make a small fortune, as do athletic directors and college administrators.

    Something seems out of balance and not right about the whole thing.

  • Love skiing Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    "Empty vessels makes the most noise".

  • Snack PAC Olympus Cove, Utah
    July 24, 2013 3:20 p.m.

    christy

    Remind us how many top 25 rankings and bowl berths the Utes have "earned" since being invited to be a PAC whipping boy.

    Top 25 Rankings
    BYU 1
    USU 1
    Utah 0

    Bowls
    BYU 2
    USU 2
    Utah 1

    Congratulations on being the third best FBS program in the state.

    Do you want your cookie now, or after supper?

  • Balan South Jordan, Utah
    July 24, 2013 4:16 p.m.

    Anyone else feel that Chris B's obsession is unhealthy? I am proud to say that when I see his post I never read his comments and my bet is that many others feel the same.

  • Utes22 SPRINGVILLE, UT
    July 24, 2013 4:37 p.m.

    It's great to see that the University of Utah does try and help out the fans as they set ticket prices. The environment on game day up at RES is fantastic which makes going to the games a great value and a great way to spend a few hours. I am hoping that expansion happens soon as I have been attempting to get season tickets for quite a few years now without success. I'm looking forward to being able to go up for 2-3 games this year. Can't wait for the season to start

    Go Utes!!!

  • Kosta Fesenko Chicken McNuggetville, UT
    July 24, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    I get a kick out of people who take Chris B and his BYU counterpart Duckhunter seriously enough to try to debate them.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    July 24, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    Chris B said:

    "I hope superconferences DO form.

    There are approximately 60 deserving schools.

    They are in a superconference.

    If they aren't in a superconference, it's because they don't deserve to be.

    Won't it be great when all there is is superconferences and division II programs?"

    No I do not want super conferences actually. Especially if they break away and form their own D4 or something like that. It would be further exploitation of athletes not getting paid or compensated while the schools make money off them.

    I'm middle aged old school WSU Cougar & Ute. I don't mind conference expansion (PAC 12). But not at the point of kicking schools out, even founders of conferences, There is more to conference affiliation besides football.

    If conferences decided to kick out schools to line their pockets, I have no problem leaving D1 behind. Yes I would follow WSU/UT to D2 or whatever. At least there is some form of playoff on lower levels. Heck I even enjoyed NAIA football for a time. Just might follow it again.

  • NightOwlAmerica SALEM, OR
    July 24, 2013 5:44 p.m.

    Chris B said:

    "Best renewal rate in the state?

    That tells us a couple things:

    1. Ute fans are proud of our past, know we deserve to be where we are now, and know what the future holds(rose bowls, Pac 12 championships, realistic NC hopes)

    2. byu and usu fans know that the future holds nothing worth watching!"

    Well, USU had a higher bowl rating than BYU did this past season. I would say they have a lot of potential in the MWC. Already shown they can compete with teams on the road like Auburn and Wisconsin.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 24, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    SnacWac:

    Thanks once again for proving how important Utah football is in your life. We always enjoy your effort to try to debate Chris B on all topics Utah. Sheer entertainment!!

    BTW - if you hurry now, you can go to the online ticket resellers and get your $2 tickets for the byU home game against Middle Tennessee State, or your $2.88 tickets for the byU home game against Idaho State. For less than $5, you can get tickets for one-third of the byU home games. Throw in the Ga Tech game and you can see one half of the byU home games for $13.88 total. Yipee!!

    Go Utes!! Love the trollers.

  • MyPerspective Salt Lake City, UT
    July 24, 2013 10:27 p.m.

    VegasUte

    BTW - if you hurry now, you can go to the online ticket resellers and get your $2 tickets for the byU home game against Middle Tennessee State, or your $2.88 tickets for the byU home game against Idaho State. For less than $5, you can get tickets for one-third of the byU home games. Throw in the Ga Tech game and you can see one half of the byU home games for $13.88 total. Yipee!!

    Seriously?? I know byu was challenged the last two years to sell even 90% of their tickets but this has to be a new low. When fans begin to realize what Holmoe has on the schedule for next year, LES will be dust bowl.

  • truetoU Bountiful, UT
    July 24, 2013 11:09 p.m.

    To bad the Utes can't schedule Idaho state, Idaho, San Jose State (oops - never mind), etc... Record does not tell the complete story. And it won't again this year - per Phil steele the Utes are playing the 12 toughest schedule in the country this year. While Byu's is in the 40's... But if byu goes 8-4 and Utah 6-6 you will think byu is the better team. Again, record does not tell the complete story.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    July 25, 2013 12:14 a.m.

    "you can go to the online ticket resellers and get your $2 tickets for the byU home game against Middle Tennessee State, or your $2.88 tickets for the byU home game against Idaho State."

    Almost as exciting as the home games against Weber State and Colorado. Hey, let's throw in Utah State. We all know that Utah has struggled against at least two of these teams recently.

  • Ifel Of'a-sofa Alpine, Utah
    July 25, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    kind of like a 300 pounder bragging about benching 275 lbs.

    it is more impressive to have a 225 pounder benching 250 lbs.

    population vs stadium size

    It was not long ago that you could get a free Ute ticket with a 5 dollar footlong at Subway.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    July 25, 2013 7:46 a.m.

    article says, only six schools had significantly better attendance that Utah. Fact: Utah was 9th out of 12 schools.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 25, 2013 8:17 a.m.

    I'll bet we earn at least like three time that. $28M at least.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 25, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    Stadium Journey magazine recently released a ranking of all 124 FBS stadiums in the country and the experience one has at a game based on the criteria of food and beverage, atmosphere, neighborhood, fans, access, return on investment, and "extras." RES was ranked pretty solidly at #53 in the nation, rating highly in atmosphere, neighborhood and fans, and rating in the middle in all other areas. Personally, I think the food deserved a higher rating because the review doesn't take into account all the great vendors along the south side of the stadium.

    BYU was ranked at 59 and USU at 60 as well, so it really is nice to have a great gameday experience at any of the FBS schools in the state without breaking the bank.

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 25, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    Wow, DN being very sensitive today. Tilka, please learn the meaning of the word significantly and its context in the article. Arizona's average was 47,931, and Colorado's was 45,373 to Utah's 45,347. Do you consider those "significant" differences?

  • Go Utes Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2013 12:00 p.m.

    Funny to see so many Y fans on here who just can't mentally handle Ute success.

    Great time to be a Ute. I have greatly enjoyed taking my kids to our season ticket seats at Rice Eccles over the past years. For me, of course I enjoy seeing the Utes win, but going to the games is more about making great memories with my family than what happens on the field. The Utes' great success on the field has just been icing on the cake.

  • Ute buster Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    Go Utes,
    Great success on the field? Really? Did you happen to notice that Utah is in the cellar of the PAC 11+u? You call that success?

  • StGtoSLC SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 25, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    Ute buster, one undesired result of a season does little to tarnish a decade of success. Yes, the Utes have been successful in the last decade. That was far from the point of Go Utes', however, but I wouldn't imagine you understand, nor would Chris B on a similar BYU post.

  • But seriously folks! Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    Ute Buster is right. It's like putting lipstick on a pig.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 25, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    STGtoSLC,
    What success are you speaking of? Two terrible seasons in the PAC11+u? That is not how I spell success. I spell success by being invited to a bowl game and having a winning record.

  • FromWA Olympia, WA
    July 25, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    What is left out is that before 2011 the U of U had a significant price hike to coincide with the first year of PAC 12 football life. It is tough to turn around raise prices every year after that. The Utes were wise to freeze prices for a while.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    July 25, 2013 6:11 p.m.

    @MyPerspective:

    Seriously. Go to SH, you will see. For $13.88, you can see half of byU home games!!

    Ifel Of'a-sofa:

    Readily available home game tickets for $2 each impresses not a single person. That's more like being impressed by the 300 lb person who bench presses 20 lbs!

    Go Utes!!

  • tdlawton Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 25, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    The author act as if the UofU let's students sit in those 6,000 seats for free... Not hardly, ~32,000 students pay athletic fees for those "free" 6,000 seats... Those are actually some of the more profitable seats in the stadium if you look at the math that way.

    In 2012 the UofU Athletic department received a hair over $6M in student fees, students get "fee" seats to Football, Basketball, Gymnastics and all other UofU sports, but I think it is fair to say that the football seats are the most valuable... Let's just apply 1/2 the fees ($3M) to the seats; 7 games x 6,000 seats = 42,000 tickets... that is ~$71 a student ticket, not a bad deal at all for the UofU Athletic Department.

    If you are student that goes to a lot of games the student fee equates to some cheap tickets, if you are a student that never or rarely goes to game then you are subsidizing you classmates that do go.

  • CO Ute PARKER, CO
    July 25, 2013 8:53 p.m.

    @snackpac -

    Just curious why you continue to make the same post in response to Chris B on every U article regardless of the topic. What does the record the past couple of season have to do with the U selling out every game and not gouging the fans by raising prices?

  • Hailstorm is a coming Riverdale, UT
    July 27, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Cougar fans are quick to point out their football attendance being higher than those on the hill, however,no mention is ever made that BYU has twice the student population... thus higher attendance figures for the stadium in Provo.

  • Cougar_Independence OMAHA, NE
    July 27, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    Wondering what ticket sales will look like after Utah loses to BYU this year, goes 4-8, no bowl game?

    Too bad the coaches, administrators, students, and fans of the little school up on the hill don't have the moxy to play BYU every year. Sad thing is, even Utah State has the moxy to play BYU every year. What does that say about that little school up on the hill?

    Go Cougars!

  • Barnbug1 SPANISH FORK, UT
    July 27, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    When I was growing up most all of the guys I ran around with had muscle cars. Most just had nice paint and wheels, very few had much muscle under the hood. The Utes got a real nice paint job a few years ago by the PAC12, but all the big shot talk in the world won't change the fact that your engine needs an overhaul. Forget about BYU and worry about Utah because your athletic program is sputtering bad!

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    July 28, 2013 9:00 a.m.

    @hailstorm is a coming

    "Cougar fans are quick to point out their football attendance being higher than those on the hill, however,no mention is ever made that BYU has twice the student population... thus higher attendance figures for the stadium in Provo."

    In 2012, which is the most recent year I could find enrollment figures for both schools but since it is only last year it will do, BYU had 33,336 students while utah had 32,388 students for a total of 948 more students at BYU than at utah.

    Are you sure you want to continue on with your "twice the student population" argument?

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    July 28, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    I still don't understand why BYU didn't just stay in the old MWC and work to make it better. The addition of Boise State would have made it one of the premier conferences.

    Independence has not been the "blessing" everyone thought it would be.

    Bad decision.

  • EdGrady Idaho Falls, ID
    July 30, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    45,000 seat stadium? How hard is it to sell out that high school stadium?