The Virginia Tech Friday Q&A: Spring Game Tickets, Defense-First Mentality, And More

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Virginia Tech will charge $5 for the Spring Game this year. (Ivan Morozov; file pic from 2019 Spring Game)

1) What kind of impact (positive/negative) can charging $5/person at the Spring Game have? Do you think they should charge more? Less? – VTScanlo

Chris Coleman: There were a few negative comments about it in various Facebook threads, but I don’t put much thought into that. Having read Facebook responses to articles for years now, Facebook users generally can be divided into two groups…

1: Those that love Virginia Tech so much that they can never say anything negative about the program.

2: Those that are always looking to complain about something Virginia Tech related.

I found the Facebook responses to the Roanoke Times article about the $5 charge to be pretty humorous.

At any rate, I remember writing an article once saying that Virginia Tech needed to charge for baseball games. I noted that in high school, in the late 1990s, I paid $5 or so to attend Chatham High School baseball games a few times, and I thought it was silly that Virginia Tech baseball games were free when people are paying money to attend high school games around the state. Tech finally wised up when they opened the new stadium and began charging for ACC games, selling season tickets, etc.

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I feel the same way about the Spring Game. I have no issue with paying $5 at all. Is the Spring Game like a real game? No. Does it count in the standings? No. But it is entertainment, and more entertainment than a high school baseball game as far as I’m concerned, so I’m happy to pay $5. Plus, Mike Young gets a $100k bonus for making the NCAA Tournament, so it’s also a nice way make up for that well-deserved payout.

I just did a Google search on “Spring game ticket costs” and I found the following info on the first page…

1: Ohio State charges $7 for general admission, and $30 for a limited number of reserved club seats.

2: Nebraska charges $10 in advance for tickets, $20 on gameday, and $25 for club tickets. Kids in the 8th grade or younger are even charged $1.

3: Alabama charges $5 for tickets. Those with season tickets in premium areas can also pay $10 for seats in their usual locations.

4: Florida State charges $10 for general admission tickets. They also charge $8 for parking. Parking is free at Virginia Tech for the Spring Game.

5: Oklahoma charges $10 for season ticket holders, $15 for non-season ticket holders, and $25 for the general public.

I’m sure I could find more examples if I put in more research time, but you get the point. I feel like Virginia Tech fans have gotten a great deal on the Spring Game for years, and even charging $5 is a better deal than fans of those other programs get.

I don’t really see a negative impact. Sure, you’ll get a little bit of complaining here and there, but in the end it’s extra revenue, and I still