Price of UT football season tickets headed higher; tickets for some games $70

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- It's going to cost you about $20 more to get season tickets to watch the UT football fans.

And the price to see some rival games such as the game against the Florida Gators will now cost $70 a ticket.

The University of Tennessee Athletics Department announced Monday season ticket prices for the 2008 football season will be $315 for seven home games. The price represents a $19 increase for the season or $2.71 per game. Chairback seat season tickets are $3 more per game.

Individual game ticket prices for the Vols’ home games will be $70 for Florida and Alabama; $50 for UAB, Mississippi State and Kentucky; and $40 for Northern Illinois and Wyoming.

“We spent countless hours looking at alternatives to the ticket price increase,” UT Athletics Director Mike Hamilton said. “Unfortunately we have to make a modest adjustment to our ticket prices to be able to continue to recruit, educate and train world-class student-athletes while continuing to be self-sufficient and not using tax or university dollars.”

Tennessee’s new season ticket price is tied with Arkansas for fifth in the SEC.

“By separating our pricing structure for season tickets and individual games, our season ticket holders essentially receive a discount of $55,” Hamilton said.

In addition to the season ticket price increase, the University of Tennessee also announced that faculty/staff ticket prices will rise from half price to 80 percent of the normal ticket price to coincide with IRS benefit guidelines.

The increases are projected to raise $1.95 million, which will be used for increased operating costs for all 20 sports and to ensure UTAD can maintain financial independence from the university while continuing its tradition of giving back to the university.

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