I have been trying to find the words to express my feelings about the new Razorback baseball ticket pricing and donation policy. It is even worse than I had feared.
College baseball has long been a welcoming (and reasonably priced) venue for families. Many of my friends have long been able to take their entire family to games. (These families often can’t afford tickets for the whole family to football.) I doubt that many of them will be able to afford the required baseball donation. Our tailgate bunch consists of many teachers, not the denizens of executive board rooms. And teaching is not exactly a highly paid profession.
My father and I began donating to the baseball program in 1995. We continued that donation, only missing a couple of years in the early 2000s. I took over the donations after his death.
Before I moved to Fayetteville in the fall of 2010, I would typically attend two games each weekend. When I decided to move, it was in part to be able to attend more games.
Since 1995 I have donated $9350 to baseball, but that means nothing now. I need to come up with $3000 per year to keep my seat. I have to wonder how many of those buying the high dollar seats will be there for every single game of the season, or will make sure to find someone to use their tickets when they miss one home series per year?
I’m getting ready to attend an event that I’ve anticipated for almost one and a half years. I’ve been incredibly excited to attend this national event. Now I’m just sad.