Clemson University has decided to join multiple other college football programs and begin charging its students for lower-deck season football tickets. Clemson previously used a reservation system where students could reserve tickets for free for each home-game.
The athletic department decided to turn toward student purchase of tickets for the 2016 season. Students at the university will still be able to obtain free, upper-level tickets, but season lower-seat tickets will start at $255 for students.
This decision caused initial uproar among students as facts were misinterpreted. A petition against charging students for tickets circulated campus and obtained over 5,000 signatures. This was brought to the attention of the athletic department where they then issued a statement, via the Clemson Athletics Twitter page, correcting any misinterpretations.
The $255 season ticket price tag is estimated to bring about $1.8 million in revenue to Clemson’s athletic program. This price is a significant discount from general public season tickets and is even in the middle among student season tickets in the SEC.
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