Ohio State’s athletic department is raising ticket prices in football and men’s basketball and for golf fees in order to continue to offer 36 varsity sports and upgrade facilities, athletic director Gene Smith said.
The school is also initiating “premium” games in both football and basketball, with large increases planned for fans wanting to see those contests.
Tickets to Ohio State’s home football game tickets for most seats will go from $70 to $79 this fall. The price will go up for as many as two premium games a season to $110 to $175 per game.
“We haven’t raised tickets prices the last three years,” Smith said. “Looking ahead into our financial plan, we knew at some point we would have to do this.”
Only one game has been selected as a premium game for the 2013 football season — the Sept. 28 date with Wisconsin, which has a new coach and will be going through a transitional year. Tickets for that game will cost a maximum of $110.
Smith said Ohio State had considered also making the Penn State game this fall a premium game, but declined to do so because of the volatility of the matchup. The Nittany Lions face severe limitations in recruiting and a bowl ban in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Ohio State hosts archrival Michigan in football in even-numbered years. Tickets for those games will almost certainly cost as much as $175.
Smith cited the costs of supporting the most varsity sports of any school in the nation for the increase.