powered by the Iowa City Press-Citizen & The Des Moines Register
Subscribe via RSS Feed

Not enough tickets to go around

[ 6 ] May 24, 2011 |

The Iowa ticket office is doing its best to put Hawkeye football tickets in the hands of everyone who wants them this fall; but there’s just not enough tickets to go around.

“Renewal rates are so high now, not a lot of tickets open up,” University of Iowa ticket manager Pam Finke said. “With the crowds we’ve had, people don’t want to give them up.”

Finke said the Michigan and Michigan State games already are sold out for the upcoming season. Right now the ticket office is trying to put together mini-packs to offer to people who can’t get full season tickets.

In addition to Michigan and Michigan State, Iowa also hosts Tennessee Tech, Pittsburgh, Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern and Indiana this fall.

Finke said that “between 95 and 97 percent” of season ticket holders renewed from 2010 to 2011. In addition, there is about a 7,000-ticket demand from new customers, people who got mini-packs last year or season ticket holders who want additional seats.

There is room to fulfill “maybe” 2,000 to 2,500 of those requests.

“A lot of it based on priority points,” Finke said. “The points are an equity system.”

Anyone who got the mini-packs last fall were awarded three points for having season tickets, even if it was only for a couple games.

Right now, the 2011 mini-packs likely will include Tennessee Tech and Louisiana-Monroe, and either Northwestern or Indiana.

However since Northwestern is a night game, and Indiana is homecoming weekend, Finke thought those games, and Pitt, will reach sellout status quickly.

Fans will find out in the next two weeks if they got season tickets or need to apply for mini-packs.

“We’re not going to be in a situation where we’re going to be wanting for fans this year,” Finke said. “That’s what you want. You want everyone to come to every game.”

Kinnick Stadium holds roughly 70,000 fans. Iowa saves 11,500 tickets for students, and 4,000 for opposing fans.

Finke said many opponents will return some of that 4,000 ticket allotment. Michigan and Michigan State have sold out their allotments.

The Spartans used all their tickets last season, too, but typically had not used all 4,000 in the past.

“I think it’s because they are expecting great things up there,” Finke said.

The Iowa ticket office also is preparing to mail out away game requests to season ticket holders. Finke expects demand will be very high for the game Nov. 25 at Nebraska.

“It’ll be crazy,” Finke said. “It’ll be like a Wisconsin-type deal.”

Nebraska, similar to most Big Ten schools, will reserve 4,000 tickets for opposing fans. Only Minnesota and Wisconsin exchange less with 3,000 each.

Nebraska tickets will cost Hawkeye fans $72, the same as tickets at Penn State and at Minnesota. Purdue tickets cost $48 and Iowa State tickets cost $92.

Overall that’s comparable to what Iowa charges opponents. Single-game tickets for the three non-conference games are $57; Michigan State, Indiana and Northwestern cost $65; and Michigan is a premium game at $70.

Single-game tickets, if there are any, will go on sale in July. They are offered to season ticket holders first, so like last year, Finke said she doesn’t expect there will be any left to offer to the public.

Iowa opens the 2011 season Sept. 3 against Tennessee Tech.

Tags: , ,

Category: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

About Ryan Suchomel: Reach Ryan Suchomel at 339-7368 or rsuchomel@press-citizen.com. View author profile.

Comments closed