Bronco Athletic Association: The new cost of being a Boise State fan

ccripe@idahostatesman.comApril 28, 2013 

One of the goals of a new BAA system is to attract more fans to the Boise State basketball program.

DARIN OSWALD — Statesman file

BOOSTER CLUB NOW USING PRIORITY POINTS SYSTEM

Boise State's new system determines priority for purchasing tickets for away football games, bowl games, postseason basketball and other limited-access opportunities. It also will be used to seat new season ticket holders, seat those seeking upgrades and distribute new parking passes, but will not move any fans out of their existing seats or parking spots.

The points are updated daily with a deadline of May 31 for this year's football season tickets and road tickets.

Fans must contribute $100 per year (including membership fees) to be eligible for the program.

Here's how fans accumulate points:

• Current-year giving: 5 points per $100 for gifts, 3 points per $100 for annual seat donations and Coaches Club memberships, 1 point per $100 for in-kind gifts.

• Historical giving (since 1967): 1 point per $100.

• Loyalty: 10 points per consecutive year as BAA member ($100 minimum), 3 points per year with football season tickets (since 1970), 5 points per year with basketball season tickets, 5 points per year with Bronco sports pass, 1 point per away game ticket purchase through Boise State (beginning 2013), 30 points per referred BAA member of $100 or more.

• Affinity (one-time points): 50 points for former student-athletes, 25 points for alumni and faculty, 25 points for lifetime Alumni Association paid member, 50 points for a BAA board officer or four-year board member/committee volunteer, 100 points for minimum $5,000 in non-athletics giving to the university.

• NOTE: As of March 26, it took 1,538 points to rank in the top 100, 621 for the top 500, 381 for the top 1,000 and 155 for the top 2,000. There are about 4,000 current members in the points system.

BAA MEMBERSHIPS:OPTIONS AND BENEFITS UNDER THE NEW SYSTEM

Seat contributions

These were priced per pair of seats in the past. Now they're per seat.

• Stadium Club: $950 per seat

• Wrangler: $475 per seat

• Roughrider: $325 per seat

• Buckaroo: $240 per seat

• Bronco: $75 per seat

• NOTE: Seats in the end zones and the curves of Bronco Stadium o not require contributions.

Bronco Nation Fund

Boise State has created a new way to become a member of the Bronco Athletic Association - targeting folks who don't buy season tickets, live out of the area or just want to make a contribution. There's no minimum donation, and every contributor becomes a member of the BAA.

The BAA has about 4,200 members, which is less than 1 percent of the Treasure Valley's population.

The Bronco Nation Fund will be marketed beginning this fall. The money goes toward the athletic department's scholarship costs.

"(Fans) think of the BAA as a tax on your seats and we want to change that," Associate Athletic Director David Kinard said.

Parking

The system for selling football passes has changed. The BAA used to require a $950 Wrangler membership to purchase reserved parking.

Here are the new requirements:

• Exterior parking spots, which have more tailgating space, and RV spots: Require a $1,500 contribution level. RV spaces are $1,000 and others are $650.

• Stadium lots and Denver lot: Require a $1,000 contribution level. Spaces are $500.

• Manitou and Norco lots: Require $250 contribution level. Spaces are $300.

• NOTE: Fans can retain their past parking spots by meeting the new requirements, but new passes will be distributed based on the priority points system.

Benefits

They now are based on total annual giving, not just seat contributions. Levels include $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

Basketball tickets

Football seat contributions have carried over to men's basketball in recent years.

Beginning in 2014-15, basketball seats will require a separate contribution. A smaller chunk of Taco Bell Arena will be subject to that system, though, and the contributions will be far less than for football.

Some fans will pay more because of the change but others, who didn't purchase football tickets, may pay less or be able to access better seats.

"Hopefully we can get more people in for basketball," Kinard said.

The Broncos were an at-large invite to the NCAA Tournament this year, a first in school history.

Chadd Cripe: 377-6398

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