Student Support Results in Reduced Ticket Prices

MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State Athletics Director John Currie praised student government leaders for their role in reducing pricing on student season football and men's basketball tickets for the next three academic years following the passage of legislation by the K-State Student Senate on Thursday.

"Our students are a top priority for us and we want to continue to provide them with the best experience possible," Currie said.  "I truly appreciate the leadership of Dalton Henry, Wayne Stoskopf, and Jessica and Amy Schultz, and I want to sincerely thank all of our student leaders for their support and guidance during this process as we strive to provide a world class student-athlete experience and the best fan experience in the Big 12." 

Student senators approved by a vote of 42-13 to raise the annual student fee allocation to athletics to $485,695, an increase of $80,000 to help offset a reduction in student prices for football and men's basketball tickets.  Beginning in 2010-11, K-State students can purchase an ICAT combo ticket for football and men's basketball for $295, a reduction of $35 from 2009. A general admission combo ticket will be available for only $235, a savings of $10, while a GA football-only option will remain priced at $150.

"These agreements speak volumes of the character and integrity of our athletics department," Student Body President Henry said. "This agreement is about more than just ticket prices for football and basketball; it's about recognizing that having a top-quality athletics program contributes volumes to our University. Throughout this year, John Currie and his staff have been very responsive to our students' ideas and it has been a pleasure to continue a long-standing partnership with the athletics department."

The decision to provide additional student fees was originated by Student Government officers, and K-State Student Privilege Fee Committee Chair Jessica Schultz said the funding will allow K-State students to continue to have the best seating locations for football and men's basketball games as well as boost overall student participation at home athletics events.

"It's no secret that K-State Athletics is an integral part of student life at Kansas State University," Jessica Schultz said. "At a total cost of about $2.00 per student, the fee increase that Student Senate agreed to will lower the price of student tickets and provide a much-needed incentive to increase student attendance at athletic events. We want to thank the athletics department for their participation in this process; it has been a pleasure working with them throughout the past couple of weeks."

In addition, the bill that Student Senate approved will assist the athletics department in replacing the existing floor seating in Ahearn Field House for volleyball matches. The SGA will provide a one-time allocation of $70,000 in a matching challenge with the athletics department to purchase new chairback bleacher systems for the north and south sides of the court. Currie said student leaders expressed interest in helping with the project because the new seating will greatly enhance the historic on-campus arena that is famous for the participation and enthusiasm of K-State students.

"The Purple Pit at volleyball games in Ahearn Field House provides a great atmosphere for our students," Currie said.  "This gift is significant in allowing us to upgrade our facility and provide our fans with improved seating options. Now, the ball is in our court to raise the remaining funds and meet the goal that our student leaders have helped establish."