Georgia State will keep season-ticket prices for most current customers the same for the 2012-13 basketball season. However, all season tickets for court-side seats will see a 100-percent increase to $1,000.
The price for lower-level season-tickets will stay at $145 for current customers. That price will increase to $165 for new customers. Mezzanine-level season-tickets will stay at $105 for current customers, and to $115 for new customers.
The ticket packages will be put in the mail next week.
Tiffany Daniels, senior athletic director, said it’s the first ticket increase in at least three years. The change is necessary she said because of the growth and direction of the program. In coach Ron Hunter’s first season, the Panthers went 22-12.
Georgia State is considering what types of additional benefits it is going to provide for court-side fans. Daniel said one of the ideas being considered is more personalized service. For example, when they arrive at the game and check in with a concierge, waiting at their seat might be their favorite snack or drink. Free merchandise may be given to them.
Daniels said she benchmarked last year’s prices against tickets for other schools in the Colonial Athletic Association and the Sun Belt, as well as Georgia, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State. She said last year’s prices were less than seven schools in each of the two conferences and two schools in the state. The new prices won’t affect that status much.
Georgia State had 210 season-ticket holders last year at close to a 100-percent renewal rate and hopes to have at least that many season-ticket holder this year.
So, what do you think about the increase for courtside seats and for new season-ticket holders. If my math is correct, even at $1,000 its less than $100 per game for courtside seats and less than $10 per game for lower-level seats.
Existing customers who wish to upgrade their seating will be able to do so at last year’s prices, according to Daniels.