lolUVA pulling out all the stops trying to improve home attendance (discounted tickets)

Got this email this morning:

"Dear State Employees,

We are pleased to announce a discount for state employees and their families from the University of Virginia for all remaining Virginia football home games at Scott Stadium. Tickets are just $25 each for the games versus Miami (Oct. 13), North Carolina (Oct. 27) and Pittsburgh (Nov. 2), and just $15 each for the game versus Liberty (Nov. 10).

The discount represents savings of up to $35 off regular single-game ticket prices. Seating is available in the lower level sideline and end zone areas of Scott Stadium for all games. Specific seat locations will vary by game."

Say what you will about the atmosphere in Lane these days and we can nitpick about whether or not Metallica should have given an intro before Enter Sandman... but I really hope we never have to resort to basically giving our football tickets away to get butts in seats.

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I'm old enough to remember when we gave away seats. May we never be there again.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

I was there in 88' when a couple of us pledges could get a block of 150 tickets for our whole fraternity.... when our ladies would sneak in multiple ziplock bags of bourbon taped to their thighs... ahh, those were the days... (except for all the losing...)

"Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth."

For Hoos the formula is simple: free brie and zima for adults

Misread as "free bride and zima."

If you're reading the above post and thinking, "is this guy serious?!?," you can safely assume I'm not.

I would not be surprised if someone in their athletic department has floated an idea trying to figure out a way to schedule VT for six home games a year.

Wouldn't help their bowl eligibility with all those loses.

... not that they care...

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Well it wouldn't hurt it either.

It's not just Football. We received a mailer discounting Women's Basketball season tickets to $35 dollars. Our office team with UVA Health received 80-100 free tickets for the last home football game for apparently no reason. We've also received word that if we want to attend any future home football games this year, we can get them for $10-15 each. Outside of Men's BB and Men's Soccer, no one attends much of anything sports here.

EDIT: clarification

Outside of Men's BB and Men's Soccer

Do people not go to the lax games? I went to a lax-heavy HS in Richmond, I felt like the lacrosse bros' families went to the games a lot.

Families go to those games. Families go to the VB games, the Swim and Track meets, the Women's BB and Women's Soccer games. Families go to Field Hockey, Lacrosse, and various other sports. But, I haven't seen much of a turnout for anything but Men's BB and Men's Soccer, where those two teams have pretty much been in the running for a championship for a few years.

To be fair. I'm starting to wonder if VT tickets are getting too expensive for mine and my family's taste. So while I would very much like to make fun of LOLUVA for their cheap tickets, I cringe everytime I see the constant price increase for VT tickets.

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They are too much when they lose by 22. If we win big games... its a fair price.

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I have waited 25 years for ND to come to Lane.

But as soon as I saw those face values, I knew I couldn't justify it. It's on TV. No traffic. Not paying $500+ for a game. Even ND.

You should have come down to tailgate at least. Before the game my family was offered a free ticket on three separate occasions in the parking lot.

I took my dad to South Bend as an off season father's day gift and he dug it. Spent way too much on airfare and lodging, though I AirBnB's someone's 'on campus' dorm across the street. Not sure they paid taxes on that but whateva. Not sure I'd spend that again. That trip for two of us was more like $3k

Wait a minute. You stayed in a dorm room on the campus of Notre Dame? That has to be against the rules lol.

The place I stayed was a single person apartment - and it was RIGHT above the football practice field. There's a chance that it is 'off campus' but it sure felt like a dorm to me. Maybe I'm just old

They're about to get cheaper. :-D

They just need to include tickets to the Catalina Wine mixer with it.

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There's a difference between tickets sales (or hand-outs) and actual attendance. Unfortunately, I don't think anyone at loluva understands that. There is very little that can be done to get people INTO the stadium and the seats.

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So true, the couple of friends I have that go to hooville for football games hardly ever even leave their tailgate even though they have season tickets.

To be fair, I have a coworker who does the same thing for Tech games.

Ticket sales are in decline everywhere. Combine that with a terrible product and you get what LOLUVA is dealing with.

Its been a while since I've seen VT sold out (top corners of East Side & top of South EZ bare most games) on a regular basis.

Is it football season yet?

Even for ND where stadium was over capacity the students are all moving down off the nose bleed seats.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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This is correct. My freshman year, our seats were always 4 rows from the top, it seemed. I don't think we ever stayed there.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

Correct. Even when the tickets are sold, no one sits there. We always crammed into NEZ no matter what our ticket said.

This is still a sold out game. They cannot let more people into the stadium as all of the tickets have been sold.

The north endzone holds just a little over 5,700 people and is probably 140% full for the big games at approximately 8,000 students in there.

I got the same email. Tried to phone the UVA fan down the hall (my side of the office is pretty much Hokie fans) to see if he saw the email for discounted circus tickets. Unfortunately he's out today.

OP, what agency are you with? VDOT here.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

VPISU

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"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

uva supplies all of the "stop/slow" sign holders upon graduating, that's why VDOT gets the discounted tickets.

Although ticket sales struggles are hitting Tech hard too. They have a huge sale for GT game right now. Offering concessions with tickets along with other "specials" if you buy.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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I thought hard about that deal, but I can't justify leaving early Thursday and taking off Friday.

Even at a good price point that is a lot of driving + time off.

That is going to be nothing compared to the issues they are going to have selling tickets next year. Our home schedule next year is the worst I can remember going back to 2001 when I first started going to games. Whit is going to have to get REALLY creative to just stem the bleeding.

That offer expired at 10 this morning, Eastern time

Saw the deal, but my buddy got GT tickets off StubHub for $30/each. This is the only game I'm going to and bought tickets early for about $60/each. Plenty of cheaper options out there.

Ok so I saw the post title and had to see what other stops LOLUVA was pulling out. They were supposed to have "Youth Day"back in September when they played Ohio. They said that they were going to give the first 3000 youth CavMan socks.... Hopefully they had already arranged to donate the extra socks to either an animal shelter(for chew toys) or a homeless shelter.

I thought maybe this time they were offering either free Zima, gift cards, wine or something like that. Maybe CavMan wallets with money to pay people to watch that train wreck. Or tickets to a REAL football game (VT).

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

CavMan socks? Trbl idea. They'd just fall off.

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Agreed.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

Edited the title so it's not so clickbaity... my bad yall

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It wasn't bad click bait. I was curious as to what kind of offerings they had.

2 time Longwood grad married to a Hokie.

As a VT and PSU alum, I wondered if I should purchase season tickets to Pitt games. Two games for the price of all of them sounds like a pretty good deal

FYI, if you want to go to the Putt Putt game there are SO MANY PSU folks that bought Putt Putt season tickets because it was cheaper than buying the single PSU/Putt game tickets so I might be y'alls go to guy for this.

Go to horse of course...

Hokies.

Was in an Uber recently in RVA and the driver was a big college football fan (both UVa and VT, go figure). He had season tickets to UVa football but got rid of them because the Wahoos started doing PSL.

Pro tip: Don't force your season ticket holders to have a personal seat license when you're struggling to get people to come to the games to begin with.

Amazingly, they had enough fans in the stands last night to storm the field. It was so cute.

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Well, Miami certainly did their part by making them look like a real team.

And to their credit, they did look spiffy in their new uniforms.

Reel men fish on Wednesdays

In fairness, Miami should have loaned UVa the turnover chain.