Ohio State raises ticket prices from $70 to $79

Ohio State raises ticket prices from $70 to $79

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Ohio State's athletic department is raising ticket prices in football and men's basketball and for golf fees in order to continue to offer 36 varsity sports and upgrade facilities, athletic director Gene Smith said.

The school is also initiating ``premium'' games in both football and basketball, with large increases planned for fans wanting to see those contests.

Tickets to Ohio State's home football game tickets for most seats will go from $70 to $79 this fall. The price will go up for as many as two premium games a season to $110 to $175 per game.

``We haven't raised tickets prices the last three years,'' Smith said. ``Looking ahead into our financial plan, we knew at some point we would have to do this.''

Only one game has been selected as a premium game for the 2013 football season - the Sept. 28 date with Wisconsin, which has a new coach and will be going through a transitional year. Tickets for that game will cost a maximum of $110.

Smith said Ohio State had considered also making the Penn State game this fall a premium game, but declined to do so because of the volatility of the matchup. The Nittany Lions face severe limitations in recruiting and a bowl ban in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Ohio State hosts archrival Michigan in football in even-numbered years. Tickets for those games will almost certainly cost as much as $175.

Smith cited the costs of supporting the most varsity sports of any school in the nation for the increase, in addition to $4 million being spent at Ohio Stadium for concrete resurfacing, $1 million for a new track at the Jesse Owens Stadium and $2.2 million for a new roof and $600,000 for a new field at the football team's practice facility.

Smith said he did not believe that Ohio State was pushing ticket prices as high as the market will bear.

``We're different than most programs,'' he said, referring to the large football ticket allotment set aside for students (30,000) and for faculty and staff (15,000). ``We do this because our people are passionate. We believe that they'll show up.''

A finance committee accepted the recommendations on Thursday. The school's board of trustees is expected to approve the increases on Friday.

The measure will raise around $6 million per year, $5.2 million in football and $800,000 in men's basketball.

Men's basketball tickets will go up starting next season, by $6 for the best seats and less in other areas of Value City Arena.

Smith and the athletic department were also approved to designate as many as five men's basketball games a year as premium games, most likely the home games with Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and possibly the ACC/Big Ten Challenge opponent in years when Ohio State hosts that game.

No figures for the cost of those premium games was provided by the university.

Most of college football's top programs do not charge the same for every game, as Ohio State has for years.

Ohio State's opponents at Ohio Stadium this fall include Buffalo, San Diego State, Football Championship Subdivision member Florida A&M and Big Ten foes Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State and Indiana.

There have already been some complaints from Ohio State fans about the increases to the university, Smith and call-in shows and in letters to the editor.

According to figures provided by Brett Scarbrough, Ohio State's assistant athletic director in charge of ticketing and premium seating, 48,000 season-ticket packages were sold last year to Ohio Stadium. Of that figure, faculty/staff represented 13,666 season packages and students bought 15,556.

Ohio Stadium is currently undergoing concrete resurfacing that required Ohio State to shift its annual spring football game to Cincinnati's Paul Brown Stadium, home of the NFL Bengals. The spring game is April 13.

Many of Ohio State's season-ticket packages require purchasers to first make major donations to the university.

Fees at the university's Scarlet and Gray golf courses will also rise by a small percentage.

Ohio State football tickets were just $43 in 2001 and have risen almost every year since: 2002 ($45), 2003 ($47), 2004 ($57), 2005 ($58), 2006 ($59), 2007 ($60), 2008 ($62), 2009 ($63), 2010-12 ($70).


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Who ya got? Trotz faces tough choice in net after Holtby's strong return

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Who ya got? Trotz faces tough choice in net after Holtby's strong return

Braden Holtby has made Barry Trotz’s weekend very difficult, but in a good way.

Back-to-back games against the New York Islanders offered the Capitals an opportunity to play both Philipp Grubauer and Holtby. Grubauer stayed hot earning another win for Washington. On Friday, Holtby got his first start since March 6 and played very well.

“A win is good,” Holtby said after the game. “I felt pretty comfortable. Some things to build off of and things that I want to get better at. It was a step in the right direction.”


A 22 save effort on Friday was bookended by two big saves. The first shot Holtby faced was a turnover on the power play that led to a dangerous shorthanded scoring opportunity for John Tavares early in the first period. Then in the third, with the Capitals leading 5-3 and the Islanders trying to mount a comeback, Holtby turned aside a breakaway opportunity for star rookie Mathew Barzal.

“I thought he was pretty solid,” Trotz said. “He looked really confident.”

“I felt a lot better,” Holtby said. “Not that I was feeling horrible before, it's just you get refreshed. It's like anything, you have a week off work, a holiday or something, you come back a little refreshed.”

And that brings us to Sunday.

On Sunday, the Capitals play the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers are a team in playoff position in desperate need of points after seven of their last eight games.

When asked on Wednesday who he thought would start Sunday’s game, Trotz said, “We're in a result business and we need some results so we'll see who is looking the sharpest and gives us the best chance to win.”

Both Grubauer and Holtby were impressive in their starts over the Islanders. You can’t argue Holtby is suddenly the hotter hand after one win considering how well Grubauer has played of late, but if Holtby remaisn the team’s No. 1, shouldn’t he get the next start after a strong winning performance?


Trotz was asked after the game who would start on Sunday after Holtby’s win.

“They're both playing well so I can't even answer that right now to be honest with you,” he said. “I do know that we have a number of games this week and whatever way go, obviously I'm going to sit down with the coaches and whatever way we go, I think they're both going to get some time this week.”

“I think you have to take it game-by-game,” Trotz added. “Bottom line is that you've got to make a decision and go with it and if your decision is that goalie A is a little hotter or you've just got a gut feel then you go with it and you have to live with it good or bad.”

So for now, it sounds as if we will see a rotation in net as Trotz continues evaluating which netminder gives the team the best chance to win in the playoffs. It is a tough position for the Caps’ bench boss, but, if both goalies continue to perform, having to choose between a hot Grubauer and a resurgent Holtby is a good problem to have and much preferable to having to choose between backup Grubauer and slumping Holtby.

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Not only did UMBC own Virginia on the court, they owned the Twitter world

They said it could not be done, no No. 16 seed would ever beat a No. 1 seed. The odds would be too great and the obstacle too steep.

As we all know, University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), just proved that all wrong.


All season the top-ranked Virginia Cavaliers dominated their opponents. They dictated pace, held opponents to less than 55 points, and smothered teams by forcing turnovers.

The roles filled on Friday evening and with an up-tempo 74-54 victory, UMBC proved the impossible.

The hardwood is not the only place that UMBC owned last night, they grabbed headlines, attention, and thousands of fans (literally) on Twitter.

Someone grabbed a hold of the UMBC Athletics Twitter account and took the upset by storm.

It all started when Seth Davis poked the bear:

and they were relentless.

Oh yeah, I forgot Seth Davis:

Then they started get snarky and owning everyone:

As someone the graduated from a commuter school, I can relate:

More Seth Davis:

Back to Twitter:

I guess that application wave actually was a thing or people wanted to know what ‘UMBC’ stood for:

Game. Set. History.

Now here come the shots against other schools:

Yeah, don’t jump on this bandwagon Terps fans. Stay in College Park:

I did not take long for other social media icons to start reaching out:

Oh and Seth Davis eventually did apologize:

Started the night at 5,588 and jumped up to 51.7 K. No one cares what you think Steven:

If you liked what you saw thank Zach Seidel, not an intern, not a student athlete who provided those tweets last night.

Zach, you just earned yourself a raise and we’ll see you in the Second Round.