The University of Northern Iowa’s undefeated regular season and run into the football playoffs last year is showing dividends with increased season ticket sales for the fall. Assistant athletic director for marketing, Nate Clayberg says they last season they sold just over 28-hundred season tickets.
Clayberg says right now they have sold 500 to 600 more season tickets for the upcoming season. It took the Panthers awhile to add a 12th game to the schedule and that has led to a chance for a better ticket deal.
Clayberg says the Nichols State game was added to the schedule as the sixth home game after the season ticket price was announced, so you can get six games for the price of five up until Thursday. The cost through Thursday is $120 for an adult ticket.
Beginning August 1st, season tickets will cost $144 for an adult ticket. U.N.I. has a unique situation for student tickets. Students get into athletic events free of charge if they pay their activity fee. Clayberg says they set aside 2,500 seats for students, and last year for some games they averaged about 3,100 students with the sell-out games.
Clayberg says students are among those who have paid more attention as the Panther sports teams have had success. He says the students want to be part of the success, and he says the image of U.N.I. as a suitcase school has changed as students get more involved on campus.
Clayberg says part of it is the success of the basketball and football teams, but he says higher gas prices have students thinking about staying on campus. You can order tickets by calling the ticket office at 319-273-4849, or go to the U.N.I. website .