Booster fees have been on the rise at Florida.
The biggest complaint is the increase in booster fees during the worst economy of our lifetimes. For many ticket holders, the booster fee has about doubled since 2007.
Clarke’s per seat fee increased from $125 to $250. Some seats that carried a $400 fee six years ago are now $1,000. The fee in the Touchdown Terrace, a section in the north end zone that comes with a pre-game buffet, was $1,200. Now it’s $2,200.
The fan complaints in the story aren’t much of a surprise. But check out the reason the athletic department gives for the increases.
Gator football spokesman Steve McClain said the final numbers aren’t in, but ticket sales overall are slightly ahead of last year’s pace as of the Tuesday deadline. He said the jump in booster fees is largely the result of tuition increases, which have driven the cost of athletic scholarships up by $3 million since 2008, and other costs.
It’s always something. But it’s worth keeping in mind in this era of less public funding for higher education, leaving schools – and their athletic departments – to fend for themselves more and more.