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Penn State Wants To Know If You Would Pay $65,000 To Watch Basketball

Another day, another Penn State Athletics survey sent to Nittany Lion Club members focused on figuring out how much money it can get out of fans for luxury additions to its facilities.

Last time, the focus was on Beaver Stadium. This time, the survey attempted to make a more difficult sell: Just how much would you pay to watch Penn State basketball in style?

Things started off much like the initial survey, with questions about general satisfaction.

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Then, things got weird. Just like the first survey, Penn State included specs of what potential renovations would look like (you are all smart enough to know that these renderings aren’t finalized and will certainly change).

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Pretty cool, huh? This is the Club Seat option, which includes private bathrooms, TVs, catering, and access to a “private club” behind the seats with a view of the court (seen above).

You can watch Penn State basketball with that ghost man in a suit for a price somewhere between $3,250 and $3,750 per seat, not including the actual tickets. Seriously, is anyone who is willing to pay $3,500 to watch Penn State basketball going to be deterred by an extra $250?

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The survey introduced some other concepts, like a Courtside Club membership where you could pay more for a membership to sit inside a glass room and eat expensive food in the concourse. It included a Loge Box concept ($13,750 to $16,000 per seat) with the rendering of a similar concept currently in Pegula.

Then we get to the big behemoth, the crème de la crème of Penn State basketball. I give you the Luxury Suite:

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You could have your own box for $65,000 (not including tickets) per year, as long as you commit to at least five years.

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The rest of the survey is pretty standard. Most notably, it polls interest in alcohol sales at the BJC for basketball games (Penn State basketball and alcohol could either be the best or worst experiment ever).

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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