Florida State is determined to give fans and families affordable, innovative and flexible ticket options for the 2019 football season.
On Wednesday, the Seminoles introduced three new purchasing options to supplement traditional season ticket packages, including an all-mobile ticket plan that is gaining popularity nationally at college and professional events.
FSU is also renewing its focus on local fans with an 850 Package that features four season tickets and entry level Booster membership for $850.
There was a time when a majority of FSU football season-ticket holders lived in Leon County. Today, more than 70 percent of those season-ticket holders reside outside of Tallahassee, according to Seminole Boosters, Inc.
FSU second-year coach Willie Taggart has also emphasized that local fans are the lifeblood of the school’s football and athletic program.
“The home-field advantage for FSU football starts with Tallahassee and the surrounding communities.” said Greg Hulen, executive vice present of Seminole Boosters, Inc. “We want to make sure fans can show their Seminole pride across the Big Bend area and create an incredible atmosphere in Doak Campbell Stadium.”
While a season-ticket package features the best value and benefits, the new offerings provide additional flexibility for fans and families alike. The third new option is a three-game package in the Dunlap Champions Club and in the main stadium bowl. Group tickets are also again available this season.
“We want to give everyone options to come out and enjoy Seminole football,” said Mark Cameron, senior director of Ticket Sales, Service and Retention at FSU.
The Seminoles, looking to rebound from last year’s 5-7 mark, open their season against Boise State in Jacksonville on Aug. 31. FSU has already sold more than 25,000 tickets to the game.
FSU opens its six-game home schedule Saturday, Sept. 7 against University Louisiana Monroe. Home opponents also include Louisville, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Miami and Alabama State.
The Seminoles’ renewal rate for 2019 season tickets is hovering around 72 percent, according to FSU athletics.
Filling stadiums is not just FSU’s challenge. Trends continue to show a decline in college football game attendance nationally.
All Power 5 Conferences – with the exception of the ACC – saw declines in 2018. Fans have said they feel priced out of game tickets or it’s more convenient to watch the game from home.
FSU continues to focus on improving the game-day experience at Doak Campbell Stadium and giving fans and families more affordable and innovate ticket options.
“Our commitment is to provide affordable options for fans to see the Seminoles play in Doak Campbell stadium,” said Paul Phipps, chief marketing/technology officer at Seminole Boosters, Inc.
This story originally appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. Jim Henry is the Democrat’s sports editor. He is a former Osceola editor and columnist