OSU Expected to Raise Football, Basketball Ticket Prices
Updated: Thursday, January 31 2013, 08:20 PM EST
COLUMBUS -- The Finance Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees said yes Thursday to a proposal to raise football and basketball ticket prices and will recommend that the entire board vote to approve the plan on Friday.
Athletic Director Gene Smith and the Athletic Council recommended a price increase of $9 a ticket for football, and from $4 to $6 per ticket for basketball, depending on a seat's location.
The plan also stipulates that up to two “premium” football home games, and up to five possible premium basketball games, will carry a higher ticket price.
The football team's match-up with Wisconsin has been designated as the premium game for the 2013 season, and will cost $110 a ticket.
The Buckeyes do not play Michigan at home this year, but that game may be listed as premium in the future.
Premium game tickets can range in cost from $125 to $175, while premium basketball tickets will run $25 to $47.
Some fans told ABC 6/FOX 28 the price hikes are acceptable if the extra money is used to improve the university, while others feel the new prices are too high, and will prevent many fans from attending games.
OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith said Ohio State football and basketball support the school's entire athletic program and provide millions of dollars for scholarships and grants, as well as money for projects such as library improvements.
Reporter: Carol Luper
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