March 9, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As March Madness gets into full swing, sales for premium seats in Mackey Arena for the 2011-12 men's and women's basketball seasons have picked up significantly.
On the men's side, from Jan. 7 to March 8, club sales increased 12 percent and courtside sales jumped 16 percent. At present, 70 percent (400 of 572) of club seats have been sold, while 60 percent (39 of 66) of courtside seats have been purchased.
On the women's side, club sales increased 18 percent and courtside sales jumped 6 percent during the same time period. Currently, 49 percent (280 of 572) of club seats have been sold, while 89 percent (59 of 66) of courtside seats have been purchased.
For more information on purchasing premieum seats, contact John Rybarczyk at 765-494-8171 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, key members of the athletics department staff took part in an on-line chat Tuesday night to talk about Mackey seat reallocation and premium seating. Athletics director Morgan Burke, senior associate athletics director Nancy Cross and John Purdue Club director Mike Braughton answered questions for an hour via purduesports.com.
You can view the complete chat transcript here, and below are some of the key questions and answers from the session:
Q: How much advance notice will be given as to the date and time that individuals will be assigned to make their seat selections?
A: By mid-April, you will receive a postcard with your exact date and time for selection. It could be as little as two weeks or as long as more than two months.
Q: I have seen the information on the Boilermaker Legacy Fund and the $100/$250 donation per season ticket. However, I have not seen what the base price will be for season tickets. Has that been established? If so, what is the base price?
A: There will be no change to season ticket seat prices for the 2011-12 season. For men's basketball general public: Upper Arena: $394; Lower Arena: $506
Q: Will season-ticket holders be able to wait and see if lower arena seats are available before bumping John Purdue Club membership level up to All-American status?
A: You can review the map and see if lower arena seats are available at the time of selection. At that time, you can then call the John Purdue Club office to increase level of membership at the point of sale.
Q: We are season-ticket holders for both men's basketball and women's basketball. Will we be able to choose our seats for both at the same time?
A: Yes, but it will require going to two different websites. We suggest selecting your men's basketball tickets first.
Q: How do you feel about the feelings of The Paint Crew, people in the organization are not too excited about the decimation of the section.
A: There are a few questions about the Paint Crew. Here's what we can tell you: No. 1, the students were involved in a meeting with the men's basketball coaching staff and were part of the process and decision to move behind both baskets. It is recognized that tradeoffs had to be made during this process, and the Paint Crew was involved. Students currently have a 35 percent allocation, and they will remain the same percentage when capacity is reduced.