Football Season Tickets See No Price Increase For 2015
Penn State football season ticket holders can begin renewing their seats online today for the 2015 season, and will have the added joy of not paying an increased price.
However, fans requiring the use of a parking pass will need to crack open the piggy bank. The cost for a season parking pass will increase next season, but represents a savings of five percent off the advance car parking fee and 15 percent off the RV advance parking price, according to a press release from Penn State Athletics. A season car parking pass will be $100 and a season RV parking permit will be $350 for the 2015 campaign.
Penn State’s Intercollegiate Athletic Department considered raising football ticket prices for 2015 to deal with the department’s $1.3 million net loss last year, but it appears season ticket prices will not be affected. Where fans will see the biggest difference is in the cost of single game tickets. Thanks to the implementation of a new variable pricing system before the start of the season, the cost of single game tickets against marquee opponents has increased. The starting price for a single game ticket to the Whiteout showdown against Ohio State on Oct. 25 is $100. In 2013, the cheapest available ticket for every game was $70, with the max set at $140.
Ticket prices are a major point of emphasis for a program that has witnessed waning support from its fan base over the years. Average attendance has dropped every year since 2007, when Penn State ranked second in the country with 108,917 fans. Last year saw an average attendance of 96,587, the lowest crowd since major renovations to the stadium in 2001.
But things are looking up. In James Franklin’s tireless effort to reach #107KStrong, home attendance is up an average of 7,110 fans (7.2 percent) per game during the first three games of this season in comparison to the initial three home contests in 2013. And despite the sagging numbers, Penn State has finished among the top five nationally in attendance every season since 1991.
Fans investing in season tickets will once again be treated to seven games at Beaver Stadium in 2015, including match-ups against Michigan and Rutgers. Penn State will also host Army for the first time since 1979 and San Diego State for the first gridiron meeting between the two schools.
Penn State Football 2015 Home Schedule
Sept. 12 – vs. Buffalo
Sept. 19 – vs. Rutgers
Sept. 26 – vs. San Diego State
Oct. 3 – vs. Army
Oct. 10 – vs. Indiana (Homecoming)
Oct. 31 – vs. Illinois
Nov. 21 – vs. Michigan (Senior Day)