Gov. Mark Dayton today said that he was “appalled” at news that University of Minnesota students who want to buy Gopher hockey or basketball tickets were being forced to by Gopher football tickets, too.
In a letter to U of M President Eric Kaler, Dayton said:
“The Legislature and I did not provide the additional funding for the University to freeze students’ tuitions over two years so that you could invent other ways to increase their costs.”
The controversy involves a new policy for student tickets: packages were “bundled” this year, providing a low price for student tickets that included hockey and football, or basketball and football, or all three.
But students who wanted hockey protested the action, saying there were forced to pay for football games they didn’t want.
On Thursday, the Student Senate voted to oppose the new system, calling it unfair and overpriced.
But with the bundling, the University sold more football student season tickets than in previous years: 6,260 this year, compared to 4,975 in 2013 and 3,885 in 2012.
Not good, Dayton told Kaler:
“The stated and implied purposes of this new scheme are to increase football attendance and to raise money. I believe that the proper way to increase attendance is to play the kind of outstanding football your team displayed in trouncing Michigan last Saturday. And I strongly oppose your raising additional sports revenues by overcharging your students.
“I strongly urge you to discontinue and disband this ‘bundling’ practice and to make it possible for students to again buy season or individual tickets for the sports or games they want to attend.”