Non-Conference Basketball Games No Longer Free For Students
Penn State men’s basketball tickets will go on sale Thursday starting at 10 a.m.
— Penn State Men’s Basketball (@PennStateMBB) September 21, 2016
The price for a student ticket this season will be $35, a 45 percent increase from the $24 cost last season. Season tickets include all home games except for the Colgate, Morgan State, and Northwestern matchups.
The three games not included in the student ticket package all fall on dates when students are not on campus for Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.
The 45 percent ticket price increase might come from the fact that students no longer can get in for free during the non-conference schedule. Penn State offered that change last year, slashing prices from $40 to $24 and only charging for the conference slate.
The move comes after men’s basketball attendance dropped from 8,044 in 2014-15 to 6,909 in 2015-16.
Ticket prices for men’s basketball games are still significantly lower at the Bryce Jordan Center than most other places in the Big Ten. For example, Wisconsin student season tickets cost $150 and Michigan’s cost $200. The other schools can do that when all but Rutgers had a higher average attendance the past season.