FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - University of Arkansas athletic officials say football fans who want to be sure they can attend all the Razorback home games next year will have to pay more.
Season-ticket prices themselves are not going up, but required "donations" to the Razorback Foundation - the fund-raising arm of the Arkansas sports program - for the privilege of buying those tickets will rise, beginning with the 2011 season.
Arkansas officials said at a news conference Wednesday that the higher minimum donations would apply to 9,288 of 14,116 current season-ticket holder accounts. They did not say how many seats were involved with those accounts.
They said donations required to buy season tickets for Razorback Stadium at Fayetteville will range from $50 per seat for some upper deck seats to $300 per seat for midfield seating. At War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, where two home games are played each season, required donations will range from $75 to $160, depending on the section.
The $300 required donation for midfield seating at Fayetteville represents a doubling of the current $150 per seat minimum donation required to obtain the right to buy season tickets.
Athletic director Jeff Long said the minimum-donation levels would still be below those required at most other schools in the 12-member Southeastern Conference. The Arkansas officials said that, at Alabama, for instance, holders of season tickets for midfield sections are required to make donations of $1,300 per seat before they can buy season tickets.