Boise State football ticket prices won’t rise; another commit flips to Washington

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2014 Idaho Statesman

A few notes from Athletic Director Mark Coyle on the below post:

— “Across the country, when (athletic departments) build their budgets for the year, they build the expense side, see where they’re short and the very first thing they do is, ‘Let’s go to football prices.’ I didn’t want to do that this year. I didn’t want to have to put that burden on our fans.”

— Boise State was about $200,000 below budget on football ticket revenue in 2013. The school was under budget on season-ticket sales and over budget on single-game sales.

— Boise State still must deal with escalating costs. In lieu of raising football prices, it must do more fund raising. “There’s no question our costs are going to go up,” Coyle said. “… It makes us accountable. It makes us make sure when we build our budget and operate our budget we do it with the right frame of mind.”

— He does not want a repeat of last year’s discount-ticket sales. “Ideally, we would not go down that route again. … We made a decision that we wanted to expose people to our program. We made those price adjustments to a select number of games. There are tremendous advantages to being a season-ticket holder here. If people want to buy individual-game tickets, they’re going to pay a much higher price.”

— Individual-game tickets have not been set. On average, Boise State expects season-ticket holders to save 15 percent off the price of buying tickets to all six games individually.

— Season-ticket holders receive the first chance to purchase additional single-game tickets, tickets for road games and tickets for bowl games.

— And after doing further research, Boise State found that it had increased ticket prices for 10 consecutive years. The last time prices did not increase was in 2003.

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For the first time in more than a decade, Boise State football fans will not face an increase in season-ticket prices in 2014, the school announced Wednesday.

In fact, prices have been slashed in the north end zone — from $230 to $155.

Last year, Boise State averaged 34,366 fans per game and offered several discount pricing options during the season. Attendance was down nearly 1,000 fans per game from 2012 and season-ticket sales dropped by about 1,700 to 22,416 — the worst sales since 2009.

Season tickets go on sale Monday.

Prices are $390 in priority sections, $330 in non-priority reserved sections, $283 in the non-priority south end zone (reserved) and $155 in the non-priority north end zone (general admission). Family plans are $786 (two adults, two children). Additional junior tickets cost $83.

Bronco Athletic Association membership fees for priority sections will be unchanged, too. However, some fans will pay an increase because a change made last year that affected a small percentage of season-ticket holders was phased in over a two-year period.

Renewals for current season-ticket holders will be mailed in February.

Here is a story I wrote last year on the BAA pricing changes.

Here are the BAA prices.

Boise State will face six 2013 bowl teams at Bronco Stadium in 2014 (dates TBA): Louisiana (Sept. 20, but could move to a weekday), BYU (Oct. 25, but could move to a weekday), Colorado State, Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah State. The Mountain West expects to set its schedule by the end of February. TV dates (Thursday and Friday games) won’t be announced until around April 1.

Here’s how Boise State has fared in season tickets and attendance since 1998 (year, season tickets, average attendance, W-L record):

1998 11,384 23,641 6-5
1999 11,537 22,979 10-3*
2000 12,924 26,493 10-2*
2001 12,183 23,831 8-4
2002 12,678 27,533 12-1*
2003 14,199 28,098 13-1*
2004 17,537 30,499 11-1*
2005 19,467 30,048 9-4*
2006 19,494 30,453 13-0*
2007 20,904 30,338 10-3
2008 22,380 32,275 12-1*
2009 21,767 32,782 14-0*
2010 22,994 33,268 12-1*
2011 24,020 34,018 12-1
2012 24,109 35,404 11-2*
2013 22,416 34,366 8-5
*won conference championship

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Another former Boise State commit in the 2014 recruiting class has flipped to Washington. Defensive end/linebacker Jaylen Johnson of Corona, Calif., has committed to Washington, his coach Matt Logan said.

Johnson re-opened his recruitment quickly after coach Chris Petersen left for Washington but still was considering Boise State.

Johnson is the 12th commitment the Broncos have lost in this class, the eighth since Petersen left and the sixth to land at Washington (a seventh, quarterback Jalen Greene, committed to Washington but ended up at USC).

On the other hand, Boise State swiped tight end Chase Blakley from Washington yesterday. Here is that story.

2014 RECRUITING UPDATE:

ENROLLED
— S Dylan Sumner-Gardner, 6-2, 200, West Mesquite HS (Mesquite, Texas)
— WR A.J. Richardson, 6-1, 190, Narbonne HS (Lomita, Calif.)
— OL Jerhen Ertel, 6-6, 275, Jr., Glendale (Ariz.) C.C. (Bagdad, Ariz.)
— QB Tommy Stuart, 6-0, 190, So., Butte College (Baltimore)

COMMITMENTS
— WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
— ATH Kekoa Nawahine, 6-2, 190, Rocky Mountain HS
— DL David Moa, 6-4, 260, Kearny HS (San Diego)
— C Tennessee Su’esu’e, 6-2, 295, East HS (Salt Lake City)
— TE David Lucero, 6-5, 210, Holtville (Calif.) HS
— RB Cory Young, 5-10, 183, Norco HS (Eastvale, Calif.)
— DT Dereck Boles, 6-2, 240, Lakeland (Fla.) HS
— OL Troy Bacon, 6-4, 280, Oak Hills (Calif.) HS
— RB/WR Jeremy McNichols, 5-9, 190, Santa Margarita HS (Long Beach, Calif.)
— CB Zavior Hoxie, 5-11, 180, Buford (Ga.) HS
— OL Andres Preciado, 6-4, 245, Mar Vista HS (Imperial Beach, Calif.)
— TE Chase Blakley, 6-4, 240, Coeur d’Alene HS

Reconsidering commits
— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS

Former commits (new school)
— WR Shay Fields (Colorado)
— RB Squally Canada (Washington State)
— DL Hawkins Mann (Nevada)
— TE Dimitri Flowers (Oklahoma)
— QB Jalen Greene (USC)*
— TE Drew Sample (Washington)*
— DL Greg Gaines (Washington)*
— OL Ryan Griswold (TCU)*
— CB Brandon Lewis (Washington)*
— OL Jesse Sosebee (Washington)*
— DE Will Dissly (Washington)*
— DL/LB Jaylen Johnson (Washington)*
* indicates players who decommitted after coach Chris Petersen took the Washington job


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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