University of Colorado raises prices on a third of football seats
OULDER, Colorado University of Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn said Monday that the Buffaloes’ athletic department is expected to make money during the fiscal year ending June 30, so no cuts or layoffs are planned.Still, the athletic department decided to raise prices on football season tickets by $8 a game for about a-third of the seats at Folsom Field next season.Prices will jump from $50 per game to $58 for about 18,000 of the best seats at the 54,750-seat stadium. If all those tickets are sold, it will mean a revenue boost of about $875,000 for the department, which had a record budget of $45 million this year.Season tickets for those sections affected by the increase will be $348. Because there are six games next season and not seven, the actual cost is $7 less than in 2008. The Buffs host Colorado State, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, Texas A&M and Nebraska next season.Prices for the other three levels remain unchanged, ranging from $180 to $300 for the six home games.Bohn said prices weren’t raised across the board because of the tough economy, but he said student ticket prices will likely rise by a similar percentage to the ones that were raised, based on the Bureau of Labor’s consumer price index.CU last raised football season ticket prices prior to the 2004 season, and Bohn noted that Colorado is the only Bowl Championship Series school that did not raise any ticket prices in the four-season window from 2005-08, one of just two Division I schools not to do so.In other matters, Bohn announced the hiring of a mental health professional to work with student-athletes and unveiled a series of town hall meetings around the state to seek feedback from alumni and fans. He also said groundbreaking on the basketball and volleyball practice facility will be pushed back from early summer to August or September and that a volleyball coach will be hired shortly.Colorado State coach Tom Hilbert, the top candidate, announced Monday he would remain with the Rams, one of the best programs in the country.