UT Students will have to pay for Vols football tickets

Knoxville (WVLT) - For the first time in the Univeristy Of Tennessee's history, students will have to pay for football tickets.

According to the Daily Beacon, Tennessee Men's Athletice Director, Mike Hamilton, announced Thursday that students will now have to pay $15 for individual game tickets or $90 for all seven home games begining next fall.

Hamilton said the student fee is needed because of increasing coaching salaries, athletic scholarships and travel fees.

The UT Athletics Department released a statement today saying:

"This was by no means an easy decision to make. During the 2009 budgeting process it became apparent to avoid a multi-million dollar budget shortfall, the athletic department would have to find new revenue. As you may know, UT Athletics budget is self generating and we are one of less than 10 athletic departments in the country that does not operate on funds from local, state or university dollars (with the exception of $1 million from student fees that goes to women's athletics)... After months of looking at our options, we decided we had to spread the increase over several areas – a $19 increase on all season tickets, raising the faculty/staff ticket prices from 50 percent of cost to 80 percent of cost and creating a paid student season ticket. These changes mirror policies at several SEC institutions."

Last season, UT was only one of three SEC schools to give free football tickets to full time students.

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  • by david Location: sunbright on Apr 14, 2008 at 09:03 PM
    we need a coach someone who is who is not there just there to be seen thats what phil is there for
  • by Jeff Location: Knoxville on Apr 12, 2008 at 12:30 AM
    Actually Dwayne this IS the "First Time in UT history" because an activity fee applies to all student functions. All current students including me pay $250 each semester for our activities fee, but the $15 per game $90 per season is additional. Therefore, First Time in UT History students have had to pay solely for UT Football Tickets.
  • by Jason Location: Knoxville on Apr 11, 2008 at 08:45 PM
    We already get charged the activities fee in our tuition, so in addition, we now get to pay for football tickets too. And I'm assuming they aren't re-doing the student section, meaning you just get jipped if you're in the upper deck while someone else who paid the same $90 is on the 50 yard line.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2008 at 04:09 PM
  • by Are U Serious Location: Knoxville on Apr 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    OK, let me get this straight - the coaches make obscene multi-million dollars annually; they got salary increases; the students just had a tuition increase; and now THEY HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR TICKETS BECAUSE OF THE COACHES' SALARY INCREASES??? What's wrong with this picture? Where does it stop? It matters not that UT is one of only 3 SEC schools who give students tickets. This is CRAZY!!! Oh, and I'm NOT a student, so there's no selfishness involved here. I just think it's WRONG!
  • by Dwayne Location: Sevierville on Apr 11, 2008 at 11:24 AM
    As a UT student from 1966-1971, I paid a $50 activity fee every fall for the privilege of attending football games. Students received a small card which was punched every time he/she obtained a football ticket. Charging students for football tickets now isn't a "First Time in UT history".
  • by Janice Location: Knoxville on Apr 11, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    That stinks, these kids have as much right to be able to attend these "student activities" free. Forget Phil high salary.
  • by Chuck Location: Knoxville on Apr 11, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    Consider this!! Reduce the salary or fire Phil Fulmer for producing losing teams and reinstate the free tickets for UT students. What a concept...produce a losing team year after year but continue to receive raises and contract extensions. Try that in the "real world"...Fulmer MUST GO!!!


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