Arizona State announced a season and single-game ticket price increase for the 2006 football season, with the average cost rising 14 percent throughout Sun Devil Stadium.
The increase is the second in as many years for ASU, but Tom Collins, senior associate director of athletics, said the overall ticket prices are comparable to those from 2001.
Collins said that when the school examined its projected costs and revenue, the move was inevitable.
“We gave away free tickets one year and half-priced tickets another and costs certainly aren't going down," Collins said. “This is something we have to do to remain competitive in this market."
Collins said that while the move proved necessary, ASU has surpassed projected ticket revenue for the 2005 football season. The school had projected $7.5 million but is already about $500,000 past that, including tickets already sold for the Nov. 25 game against Arizona.
Ticket operations manager Jason Bunger said about 9,000 tickets still remain for that game. Given normal sales traffic and the fact that the school's $5 Koetter's Corner tickets have yet to go on sale, Bunger said he expects the game to either sell out or “come very close." ASU football season ticket holders will receive their renewals in the mail in mid-February.
o Ten Sun Devils made the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team.
Offensive lineman Grayling Love, wide receiver Moey Mutz, snapper Jason Burke, and kicker Jesse Ainsworth all earned first-team honors. Quarterback Chad Christensen, tight end Zach Miller and offensive lineman Andrew Carnahan earned second-team accolades, while H-back Lee Burghgraef, offensive lineman Brandon Rodd and punter Chris MacDonald were honorable mention.
A student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and be either a starter or significant substitute to be eligible.