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The Rube
08-05-2010, 09:54 PM
Maybe I've been urbanized enough or whatever, but when Tech/Gopher weekend comes, I think: $12/game? That's it? F* yeah. It's incredibly cheap all around, period, and this is a D1 (well, in name :p ) school.

Dirty
08-05-2010, 09:57 PM
Tickets were $6 the first time I went to Houghton. That was only five years ago I think. So pretty soon Tech will be a ripoff too!

Shirtless Guy
08-05-2010, 09:58 PM
I think the whole reason the student season tickets dropped was because you're basically paying $54 to have an assigned seat because you can still get the free ticket right?

The Rube
08-05-2010, 09:59 PM
Tickets were $6 the first time I went to Houghton. That was only five years ago I think. So pretty soon Tech will be a ripoff too!

Six? That's cheaper than a Chipotle burrito! That's insane.

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-05-2010, 10:00 PM
I really doubt Tech could ever sustain $50 tickets. There is virtually no one in the community (except maybe the huskyfans :p) who would fork over a Ulysses to watch Tech play one game, even if they never lost a game all season. The community does not have that kind of money.

Now, I think you'd see tickets more in the $20 range if the team was talented, and made the playoffs regularly. That would be sustainable. $50? No way.

The Rube
08-05-2010, 10:08 PM
I really doubt Tech could ever sustain $50 tickets. There is virtually no one in the community (except maybe the huskyfans :p) who would fork over a Ulysses to watch Tech play one game, even if they never lost a game all season. The community does not have that kind of money.

Now, I think you'd see tickets more in the $20 range if the team was talented, and made the playoffs regularly. That would be sustainable. $50? No way.

When Tech was good, what was the population (student and/or general)? No offense, but it was a long time ago, and with the economics there and everything, I'd venture to guess that population has dwindled a little.

Even with a successful team, would that be enough to pretty much sell out all the games and therefore justify a cost increase of tickets to $20~?

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-05-2010, 10:22 PM
When Tech was good, what was the population (student and/or general)? No offense, but it was a long time ago, and with the economics there and everything, I'd venture to guess that population has dwindled a little.

Even with a successful team, would that be enough to pretty much sell out all the games and therefore justify a cost increase of tickets to $20~?

Well, if we're going to be somewhat historically correct, the local economy has been on the ropes and citizens have been fleeing to find work for about 70 years. By the time Tech hit the glory years starting in the early 60s, the mining industry had been pretty cooked for the better part of two decades. Things already weren't very rosy.

It would have to be explored. It depends on how much of an increase the community is willing to tolerate, and how much the university thinks they stand to lose to scalpers (which you know would happen to an extent, even though it's illegal).

It's a moot point though. We suck. :p

Beer Pong Horn
08-05-2010, 10:41 PM
Well, if we're going to be somewhat historically correct, the local economy has been on the ropes and citizens have been fleeing to find work for about 70 years. By the time Tech hit the glory years starting in the early 60s, the mining industry had been pretty cooked for the better part of two decades. Things already weren't very rosy.

Pretty much - the economy in Houghton has essentially already transitioned to primarily being supported by the University (tuition, research grants, etc.), with a strong secondary source of income in tourism. Our population has probably dwindled to about what it will be, unless some big industry relocates into the Keweenaw.



Changing the subject, PB and ctf? Whuh?

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-05-2010, 10:49 PM
Changing the subject - I guess Sertich was bored with retirement. :p

Yager
08-05-2010, 11:00 PM
I think the whole reason the student season tickets dropped was because you're basically paying $54 to have an assigned seat because you can still get the free ticket right?
Yes the Tech Experience fee pays for your ticket but this makes it a little more reasonable for those who want to have the same seat every week, not have to go up to the ticket office between tuesday and thursday every week, and support the team by paying for them. I'd like to see it drop to $40 though. Maybe next year.

bigmrg74
08-06-2010, 12:31 AM
Yes the Tech Experience fee pays for your ticket but this makes it a little more reasonable for those who want to have the same seat every week, not have to go up to the ticket office between tuesday and thursday every week, and support the team by paying for them. I'd like to see it drop to $40 though. Maybe next year.

That would be my thought with it as well. Freshmen can come to games for free, see all of the fun that the Misfits are having together, wants to go get in on the action, slides in with them from time to time but soon realized he just won't always get the spot near his new found friends. Next year comes around and he can have a permanent spot, with hopes of getting an even better spot as he continues his academic career at Tech.

crazytechfan
08-06-2010, 05:55 AM
Changing the subject, PB and ctf? Whuh?

It was just too darn awkward to both post and not think about each other. :p

aparch
08-06-2010, 10:40 AM
Even with a successful team, would that be enough to pretty much sell out all the games and therefore justify a cost increase of tickets to $20~?

NMU, with a .562 win percentage since re-joining the CCHA, two trips to the NCAA regionals, three straight trips in a row to the CCHA championship in Detroit (and 8 of the last 9 years), countless NHL draft picks who have gone on to play minor-professional hockey (and two with NHL games), and yet we have a hard time selling out 3,800 seats at $14 each (no premier game pricing).

$20 for a game would alienate quite a few people.

Hammer
08-06-2010, 11:11 AM
I'm sure it'd be worth it.


Oh, you mean wins by the Huskies.

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Seriously, that is insanely cheap for season tickets.

Agreed. In the early to mid-90's I paid $35 or so for my student tickets at Ferris. I think my Adrian tickets this year are going to run about $150.

The Troll mtu86
08-06-2010, 01:32 PM
During '82-'86 student tickets cost $4

$6 for the general public.

No idea what season tickets cost as I never got season tickets.

ColoToot
08-06-2010, 01:50 PM
Tickets at the Dee in the late 60's were a quarter for a game.

3W
08-06-2010, 06:48 PM
I can't imagine they were that expensive, even with inflation, even in the glory days. The late 60s and early 70s were, correct me if I'm wrong Mr. and Mrs. huskyfan, a real nadir for the Copper Country in general as the copper era that had supported the area's way of life for nearly a century, began to fail, leaving these communities to flail around for something to latch on to for a base.

FadeToBlack&Gold
08-06-2010, 07:12 PM
It began further back than that. Late 1945, WW2 had just ended, the war effort was no longer artificially inflating the price of copper. Back further still, the rapid introduction of the "Widowmaker" one-man drill in the 1920s, which more or less cut the number of skilled mining jobs in half. Really though, the golden years ended with the Great Strike of 1913/1914, the rise of labor unions, and the discovery of copper deposits out west that could be mined more cheaply.

[/rambling history geek]

Yager
08-06-2010, 08:00 PM
and yet we have a hard time selling out 3,800 seats at $14 each (no premier game pricing).
No one wants to watch hockey when they have AIDS. ;)

Too soon?

Yager
08-06-2010, 08:03 PM
Straight from USCHO.

"Former Duluth, Michigan Tech Coach Sertich Joins St. Scholastica"

http://www.uscho.com/news/college-hockey/id,18725/FormerDuluthMichiganTechCoachSertichJoinsStScholas tica.html