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Facts and Figures for season-ticket holders around the SEC

There’s a solid slate of college football games today (is today the biggest sports day of the year?), and every single game will feature at least some fans in the stands. The general consensus among games being played on Saturday is greatly-reduced capacity with no tailgating allowed on the premises (unless you’re at the Houston Baptist vs. North Texas game, that is).

Here’s a quick rundown of how each of these teams elected to distribute these limited tickets:

Eastern Kentucky @ Marshall – Reduced capacity will limit attendance to season ticket holders, students, players’ families and visiting fans, with the possibility of limited single-game tickets available, according to Marshall’s athletic department.

SMU @ Texas State – Seating at the season opener on September 5 is limited to a 25 percent stadium capacity (or 7,500 spectators), according to Texas State’s athletic department.

Arkansas State @ Memphis – Tigers athletic director Laird Veatch said he expects there to be around 4,000 fans at Memphis football games this season, and spectators must sit 12 feet apart. Here were the options for Memphis fans:

Middle Tennessee @ Army – Fan attendance for the first two games of the season is expected to be limited to just the Corps of Cadets. That’s approximately 4,400 people inside the 40,000-seat stadium, according to the Times Herald-Record.

Houston Baptist @ North Texas – The lower bowl is limited to 25 percent capacity, while the suites “HUB Club” can maintain social distancing with 50 percent capacity. Limited tailgating is permitted.

Stephen F. Austin @ UTEP – Texas Governor Greg Abbott has allowed capacity at 50 percent, but UTEP will keep it below that with just 15,000 fans inside their stadium.

Alabama

  • 20 percent capacity (approximately 20,364 fans)
  • Announced on Aug. 18.
  • Season ticket holders could choose whether or not to “opt in” for tickets in 2020. Because the stadium’s capacity is being reduced (and because Alabama has a significant percentage of season ticket holders), everyone who opts in will not necessarily be eligible for tickets in 2020. Tickets will be allocated based on “Tide Total” priority points after the opt-in period has ended.
  • If you opt-in, you will likely not receive your “normal” seat location due to social distancing guidelines. Opting-out for the 2020 season does not impact eligibility for the 2021 season and beyond.
  • Fans who qualify for a full season ticket package may purchase up to four tickets; fans who qualify for a partial package may purchase up to two tickets. Qualification is based on Tide Total points.
  • The results of the allocation process will be communicated to fans around September 8.
  • Students will be allowed in the normal student section, with each grade owning a specific percentage of the section: 40% seniors, 20% juniors, 15% sophomores, 15% freshmen, 10% graduate school/professional students.
  • No tailgating.
  • More information here.

Arkansas

  • 21-23 percent capacity (between 16,000-17,000 fans).
  • Announced on Aug. 16.
  • Season ticket holders will be able to request either a 5-game, 3-game (LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss) or 2-game (Georgia, Alabama) season ticket plan.
  • The Razorback Ticket Center and Razorback Foundation will review requests and allocate requested seats as available based on 2020 Annual Fund membership level and Priority Points. Suite and luxury loge box holders will have access to a 5-game season ticket plan inclusive of the number of permanent seats in their suite or loge box.
  • No tailgating.
  • More information here.

Auburn

  • Approximately 20 percent (17,500 fans).
  • Announced on Aug. 19.
  • Current students receive priority for Auburn’s first home game of the season (when the Tigers will play Kentucky, of course).
  • After the first game, available tickets will be allotted on a single game basis to season ticket holders with allocations based on “TUF” priority points and general demand.
  • Suites will be to used at 50 percent capacity with socially-distanced set ups.
  • Season ticket holders who opt out of attending any games during the 2020 season can either make a philanthropic donation to support Auburn student-athletes, credit purchases to the 2021 season, or receive a full refund.
  • No tailgating.
  • More information here.

Florida

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  • 20 percent capacity (approximately 17,000 fans).
  • Announced on Sept. 3. The Gators’ first home game is Oct. 3.
  • Specific information pertaining to ticket ordering and pricing, as well as parking, is expected to be available for fans next week. Information pertaining to capacity and safety measures directly pertaining to suites will be communicated directly to suite holders.
  • No tailgating.
  • More information here.

Georgia

  • 20-25 percent capacity
  • Announced on Aug. 19. Season ticket holders had one week to decide whether or not to opt-in for the 2020 season after the following plans were announced.
  • All tickets will be blocked into groups of two or four.
  • Season ticket holders may opt-in or opt-out of the single game ticket request process. Opting-out for the 2020 season does not impact eligibility (or ticket location) for the 2021 season and beyond.
  • Tickets will be allocated based on cumulative “TGBC priority points” and general availability. The number of games in which season ticket holders are eligible to qualify for will be based on their 2020 Hartman Fund “annual giving level and/or involvement in the Magill Society.” Here’s an idea of what that means:
  • Tailgating is TBD.
  • More information here.

Kentucky – TBD

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LSU – TBD

Mississippi State

  • 25 percent general capacity, 50 percent in the clubs (15,334 fans).
  • Last updated on Sept. 4.
  • Seats will be assigned in accordance with the Bulldog Club priority point ranking system.
  • “Bulldog club members” will be eligible for up to four tickets; tickets in the main grandstand will be assigned in seat blocks of no more than eight.
  • “Bulldog Club pledges” (also known as mandatory donations) will be adjusted to reflect the location of your seats after they have been assigned.
    • (Example: If your normal location is section 04, which requires a $600 per seat donation, and you are relocated to section 02, which requires a $150 per seat donation, your pledge will automatically be changed to reflect $150 per seat).
    • Fans who are re-located to the discounted Top Dog areas will have their ticket prices adjusted to reflect their new location. 
  • Everyone will be returned to their normal seats and parking for the 2021 season.
  • No tailgating.
  • More information here.

Missouri

  • 25 percent capacity (approximately 15,655 fans).
  • Announced on Aug. 1.
  • The four highest donor ranks will have the chance to select their seats first. That process will then work through the lower level donors over the course of a few weeks, until the Tigers’ first home game of the season of Sept. 26.
  • Donors will be eligible for 2-8 tickets each depending on their respective donor rank. The lowest donor rank (those who do not donate to the Tiger Scholarship Fund) could be eligible for a “mini-plan model” based on inventory and demand, to be determined at a later date.
  • Opting-out for the 2020 season does not impact eligibility (or ticket location) for the 2021 season and beyond.
  • No tailgating.
  • More information here.

Ole Miss

  • 25 percent capacity (approximately 16,000 fans).
  • Announced on Aug. 24.
  • Home tickets will be available for fans on a single-game basis and sold in monthly selection waves. In each of those waves, fans will be able to choose from the next month’s home games and pick their preferred stadium section. This allows for the potential of capacity adjustments later in the season if determined by state or CDC guidelines.
  • Purchasing priority will be given to season ticket holders who renewed by the June 15 deadline, followed by season ticket holders’ Ole Miss Athletics Foundation red priority points (as they stood on Sept. 1), and the date a season ticket was ordered. If inventory is remaining after those groups, tickets will be available to the general public.
  • A maximum of eight tickets for each game will be available per account. 
  • No tailgating.
  • More information here.

South Carolina

  • 25 percent capacity (approximately 20,000 fans).
  • Announced on Aug. 20 and updated on Aug. 27.
  • In order to prioritize maximizing the number of season ticket holders this fall, USC has approved for the football season to be divided into two mini-plans made available exclusively to current season ticket holders.
  • Any season ticket holders who would like a refund for their 2020-21 tickets and any ticket-related expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic can receive one. Those ticket holders still retain the right to renew their usual season tickets in 2021-22.
  • Tailgating is “discouraged,” along with the use of “grills and coolers.” Good luck with that.
  • More information here.

Tennessee

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  • 25 percent capacity (approximately 25,614 fans)
  • Announced on Aug. 25. The Volunteers’ first home game is Oct. 3.
  • Current UT students and active Tennessee Fund donors with season tickets will receive priority on 2020 football tickets.
  • Tickets will be offered as season tickets based on Tennessee Fund annual gift amount and rank order.
  • With the Vols scheduled to host five SEC opponents for the first time since 1959, the original season-ticket price has not changed, despite the fact there are five home games rather than seven.
  • Tailgating in small groups will be allowed.
  • More information here.

Texas A&M –

  • 25 percent capacity (approximately 27,500 fans)
  • Previously announced plans at 50 percent, then 30 percent, and lowered to 25 percent on Aug. 19.
  • All current season ticket holders will be guaranteed season tickets in this plan. The seat selection process is scheduled to begin in early September and will be based on priority point rank as of March 2, 2020.
  • “Exact capacity percentage will be determined based on the number of season ticket holders and student sport pass holders who choose to attend.”
  • Unlike Tennessee, Texas A&M will be adjusting the price of season tickets this season, announcing the 12th Man Foundation will “reduce the cost of seat donations for all seating areas by two-sevenths to reflect the adjustment from seven to five home games.”
  • Season ticket holders who choose to opt out will be presented donation and refund options at that time, including the opportunity to convert their season ticket investment into a donation to the school paired with a “4x priority point bonus.”
  • Information regarding tailgating will be released at a later date.
  • More information here.

Vanderbilt – TBD


Main Takeaways

Across the board, schools are not “penalizing” season ticket holders for opting-out of this season. Whether it’s because of health concerns, financial issues or one’s simple desire to “not fool with it” this year, it looks like every school in the Southeastern Conference (at least, the ones who have released detailed plans thus far) will make accommodations for the uninterested or unavailable fans. Of course, these schools — dealing with budgetary issues of their own — will encourage these fans to simply donate the cost of their unused tickets, but there are also plans in place for refunds or deferrals. Things get trickier when it comes to those who are both interested… and available.

Some schools are offering lower prices because of the schedule change that eliminated a few home games. Others aren’t. Some schools have found plans that give every season ticket holder the chance to attend at least one game this season. Others haven’t. Some schools even appear to be hanging on to the prospect of tailgating this fall. Most aren’t. As for parking… Good luck.

And as for Kentucky, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

2 Comments for Facts and Figures for season-ticket holders around the SEC



  1. Memphis UK Cat
    8:32 pm September 5, 2020 Permalink

    Good info!