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EMU 2011-12 basketball ticket options

November 3, 2011

The first, and probably most important thing you need to know is that THERE WILL BE NO SINGLE-GAME TICKETS SOLD FOR THE MICHIGAN STATE GAME. Really. At least, that’s what EMU says. If you want the chance to wander around the Convo and try out different seats before locking in a multi-game package, you’ll have two opportunities. Tomorrow (Friday) at 5 PM the women’s basketball team will host Madonna in an exhibition, which I am guessing will be free to the public, and Monday at 7 PM the men’s team will host Marygrove in an exhibition which is confirmed free to the public.

Men’s basketball:
$92 reserved seating season tickets
$46 reserved seating season tickets (alumni, faculty, and staff)
$49 five-game package lower level reserved seating (Illinois-Chicago, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Kent State)
$36 five-game package upper level reserved seating
Groups of at least 10 are $3 per ticket ($5 per ticket for the Michigan State game) (Order form.)
$10 single game lower level reserved seating.
$8 single game upper level reserved seating.
Children 12 and under get free admission to all weekday games.

Women’s basketball:
$78 general admission season tickets
$39 general admission season tickets for alumni, faculty, and staff
Groups of at least 10 are $3 per ticket. (Order form.)
$8 single game general admission
Children 12 and under get free admission to all weekday games.

Student tickets:
An EMU student ID is still good for free admission, but there’s a special procedure for the Michigan State game; a student ID alone will not get you into that game! Paper tickets will be distributed behind section 119 of the Convo at 6 PM tonight, behind section 101 at Rynearson at 11 AM this Saturday, behind section 119 of the Convo at 6 PM on Friday, November 11, and behind section 101 of Rynearson at noon next Saturday, November 12. To put it another way, they’ll  be behind the student section, 1 hour before the start of the volleyball Senior Night match against Central Michigan, 1 hour before the football game against Ball State, 1 hour before the men’s basketball opener against Illinois-Chicago, and 1 hour before the football Senior Day game against Buffalo. A total of 1,400 student tickets will be distributed, 500 for the lower level and 900 for the upper level.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. BLN permalink
    November 3, 2011 9:25 am

    Good breakdown, cmadler. What’s your take on the way EMU is handling the MSU game? Seems to me that they’re counting too much on MSU fans and casual fans being willing to go to great lengths to see MSU at the Convo. If a Michigan State fan wants to see the Spartans, they’d have to pay $49 to EMU. Wouldn’t they be more likely to drive to East Lansing and spend $20 or $30 to see a non-conference game? (Or, according to Stubhub, they could see the MSU-Texas Southern game at Breslin on 11/18 for one dollar.)

    As an EMU fan and alum, I fear that the Convo will be 40 percent MSU fans, 30 percent EMU fans and 30 percent empty that day. I’d much rather see it 100 percent full, regardless of who people are cheering for.

    • November 3, 2011 10:58 am

      Yeah, I’m not entirely clear on EMU’s goal in doing it that way. There’s no attendance requirement for basketball the way there is for FBS football, but the Athletics Department has been tasked by the Board of Regents with increasing attendance in football and men’s and women’s basketball, with men’s basketball to increase annually (no specific target beyond an increase). Given that football attendance is significantly lagging the actual attendance from last year, despite the better season, and that it’s going to be another rough year for men’s basketball (which probably means low attendance as the season drags on), I wonder if they’re trying to juice the attendance figures.

      For the last two years they’ve generally drawn between 400 and 1,400 per game. Assume, for the sake of argument, that for the rest of the season they average 700 per game. The Convo seats about 8,800. EMU is reserving 1,400 seats for students for this game, which leaves 7,400. Knock off another 60 seats for them to put both pep bands in the stands and there are 7,340 seats to sell. I’d be surprised if there are more than 100-200 season tickets sold, so that leaves about 7,140 to sell for the game. They could probably sell out, or close to it, at $10/ticket. That would raise the average home attendance to about 1,375. If you assume that they can even sell half those seats at $49 for the 5-ticket package, that brings the average home attendance all the way up to 2,130, which is downright respectable in the MAC.

      Like you, I’d rather see a packed house for the one game.

  2. permalink
    November 8, 2011 9:33 pm

    I found a better deal. I may still buy more tickets, so I’m not broadcasting it here, but I appreciate the helpful thread and care to respond.

    1. Thank you very much! I may not have found my tickets without this thread.
    2. I’ll share more with you at, but I’m happy to share what I found.
    3. “If a Michigan State fan wants to see the Spartans, they’d have to pay $49 to EMU” isn’t entirely true anymore.

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