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Ticket prices too high

Letter to the Editor | Monday, April 14, 2008

It’s that time again. The ice has thawed, spring is in the air, and student ticket booklets have gone on sale. The Administration has simplified the process by making the switch to an online exchange (for a $5 surcharge), but its policy of taking advantage of student demand remains the same. When the class of 2008 arrived for their first season in 2004, season ticket books were $159. The cost for the upcoming season is $195, nearly a $40 increase in four years. This year’s cost is down from last season due to the fact that the Irish only play six games at home in 2008, but the reduction from last year’s total of $208 is only thirteen dollars. Watching the home opener last year was certainly worth about $13. Although the student body is grateful for the fact that we have the privilege of guaranteed season tickets, it is disheartening that the University continues to habitually raise prices for a good that they know full well has an inelastic demand, while they continue to raise costs for tuition. Let’s hope that Coach Weis and the boys in blue and gold provide some justification for the University’s shameless financial excesses.

Ryan O’ConnorjuniorabroadApril 14