By Kent Youngblood
Our higher education reporter, Jenna Ross, was at a meeting tonight at which some details about student access to tickets at the new Gophers stadium were discussed. Here is what she learned:
The University of Minnesota is nailing down the specifics of its student ticket sales at its new, on-campus football stadium. Among those decided:
· 10,000 tickets will be reserved for undergraduate and graduate students
· Of those, 8,000 will go to returning students
· 2,000, plus whatever’s left unsold of the 8,000, will be offered to first-year students, including transfer students
· Each student will have the opportunity to purchase one season ticket, rather than the two offered now
The exact price of the student tickets has yet to be finalized, associate athletics director Phil Esten told a small group of students Tuesday night. Right now, a season ticket is $70 – the second lowest in the Big 10. For the upcoming season, a student ticket will likely be sold for $77, plus a $6 or $7 service fee for the new stadium, for a grand total of $83 or $84 – still second lowest in the Big 10, Esten said.
The first round of student tickets will go on sale sometime this month (April). The date will likely be finalized sometime this week, he said. They’ll likely be sold exclusively online.