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Iowa football ticket prices increase by $2

[ 6 ] February 9, 2012 |

The University of Iowa raised ticket prices for the 2012 season by $2 per game, on the heels of a $3 increase last season.

Season tickets cost $388 for seven games, a 3.7 percent increase from last season ($374). Season tickets cost $339 in 2009.

“Every year we have to sit down and make sure we bring in as much revenue as our expenditures,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said Thursday after the Presidential Committee on Athletics meeting.

Iowa has two premium games ($70) against Iowa State and Nebraska. The three other Big Ten games — Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue — each cost $65.

The Northern Iowa game is $60, and the Central Michigan game is $55.

In addition to the seven home dates, Iowa fans also have the opportunity to travel to the season-opener Sept. 1 against Northern Illinois at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Season ticket renewal letters are expected to be sent out later this month, and season ticket holders will have the first chance at buying tickets for the Chicago game.

Single-game tickets, if there are any, will begin in late June or early July.

One change to the ticketing for 2012 is that Iowa students will be given the choice of buying a six- or seven-game season ticket, priced at $150 or $175, respectively.

The game against Nebraska is Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, a time when many students are home with their families.

In other PCOA news:

—Barta indicated that Iowa would pursue the chance to host postseason basketball games if given the opportunity.

The Hawkeyes could end up in the NIT, CBI or CIT, and the women could land in the WNIT.

“We’ve certainly had that conversation,” Barta said. “There’s a few days that are blocked off, but we have a lot of dates available. We’ll make a hard run.

“First of all, earn the opportunity to participate. Then if there are any hosting opportunities, go after that as well.”

—Barta said he expected the two vacant football position coaches — offensive line and linebacker — to be hired soon, but the offensive coordinator will take longer.

The PCOA sits in on all formal interviews, but the process can be “slightly different” when it comes to promoting from within.

“If you promote from within, it’s still a process, you have to go through a process, but it can be slightly different,” Barta said. “That’s true of anyone that’s appointed on campus.”

Reach Ryan Suchomel at 339-7368 or rsuchomel@press-citizen.com.

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