This morning, the Board of Trustees met to discuss changes for the next season of Kentucky sports. Here’s a quick summary of what was said:
– Don’t start throwing things, but the UK athletics governing body voted to increase basketball ticket prices for next season. Here’s the breakdown:
K-Fund tickets: Only tickets that require a donation of $1,500 or less will increase. $1,500 will increase to $1,900; $1,000 to $1,250; $700 to $850; $400 to $450. There will be no increase to tickets that require a $5,000 donation. Also, upper level seats that do not require donation will not be affected.
Season tickets: There will be a $5 per game increase in season tickets.
Individual non-K-fund tickets: Prices will also increase by $10 a game in lower arena and $7 a game in upper (from $40 to $50 in lower level; $35 to $42 in upper).
Student tickets: Prices will NOT increase, staying at $5 per game. This continues to be the lowest in the SEC.
– All of these ticket price increases will raise $3.5 million to offset rising costs. DeWayne Peevy was quick to note that the proposed ticket increases were a “need” and not a way of punishing loyal fans. Mitch Barnhart said that the ticket price increases will help pay higher coaching salaries, and rising travel and tuition costs.
– The basketball ticket price increases are NOT due to declining football ticket sales, but Barnhart admitted that sales are “down” for a second year in a row.
– The committee is also considering a “slight” ticket price increase for women’s hoops, but it won’t be as drastic as the increases for men’s hoops.
– UK is not only doing well on the field, but in the classroom as well. In the SEC, only Kentucky and Vandy have not been punished because of APR issues.
– UK Athletics will contribute $3 million to academic scholarships in 2012-13, up from $1.7 million in 2011-2012. This includes 17 Singletary Scholars.
– In the spring semester of 2012, UK athletes posted a 2.979 overall grade-point average.
– The UK athletic budget for 2012-13 is $91.9 million, which the committee compared to Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee, who have budgets of $95 million or more.
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