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PROVO, Utah (February 16, 2005) - With a plan in place that was developed to address much-needed structural repairs, enhancements and modifications to an aging football stadium, BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe has announced new football season-ticket prices for the 2007 season.
The new season-ticket prices include a University approved facility maintenance fee, as well as a general increase that will help the athletics department address increasing operational costs. While season-ticket prices have gone up in a few sections of the stadium over the past six years, BYU has not implemented a stadium-wide price increase since before the 2001 season.
"The decision to raise ticket prices was not made without a great deal of discussion, research and contemplation," Holmoe said. "While we realize this is never a popular thing to do, it has become necessary for us to provide essential repairs and improvements to Edwards Stadium. As the facility approaches 45 years old, there are structural repairs and improvements that can no longer be ignored."
In addition, a percentage of the increased prices will go directly into the operational budget of the athletics department and be used to further improve the football program.
"Ticket price increases are an inevitable part of running an athletics department, such as ours, which must pay its own way," Holmoe said. "We have tried keep prices reasonable for our fans, while maintaining a nationally ranked program. This increase is necessary for BYU to properly recruit and provide a high-quality education for our student-athletes, maintain superior coaches and staff, and maintain the day-to-day operations of the athletics department."
Originally constructed in 1964, Edwards Stadium will celebrate its 43th season in 2007. In 1982, a major project was undertaken to expand the stadium to a capacity of 65,000. Over the past 25 years, few structural modifications and repairs have been necessary and an emphasis has been made on routine maintenance and facility upgrades. A video wall was added to the south end of the stadium in 1996 and a portion of the east stands was retrofitted with new Legacy Club seats in 2003.
The University has implemented a plan to upgrade and repair the facilities in Edwards Stadium. Funding for the project includes retained earnings from the department of Special Events, University facility maintenance funds and ticket fees. Prior to the 2006 season opener, new restrooms were added under the east stands, a television broadcast pad was installed, new chair-back seats were added to the west stands and the elevators that serve the loges and press box were refurbished.
According to facility manager Larry Duffin, Edwards Stadium remains in good shape for a stadium of its age and size; however, additional funds are necessary for stadium upgrades that will add to the safety and overall experience of the fans that attend events at the stadium.
"There is no question that Edwards Stadium is one of the finest facilities in the country," Duffin said. "But, the stadium has aged to the point where we need to upgrade the infrastructure of the building. There is a need to remove and repair rust from the steel framework, replace broken and cracked concrete, and upgrade various aspects of the stadium that will help ensure the stadium exists for many more years to come."
According to Duffin, the five-year master plan will address eroding concrete, including walkways and infrastructure. In addition, all stadium ramps and walkways will be addressed. Stairs throughout the stadium are also scheduled for repair. A comprehensive rust abatement project is planned to rid the stadium's steel structure of corrosion. Additionally, the University will install new field lighting, refurbish the 45-year-old visiting team locker room, create a visiting team media area and remodel areas on the west side of the stadium for hosting purposes.
Season-ticket prices will start at $96 for endzone seating, while faculty and staff season tickets will be $120. Sideline bleacher seats are now $180 for the season, while west-side chair seats are $330. East Club seating will be $550 for the season, while east-side Legacy Club seats will cost $1,100.
Season tickets renewals will go out in mid March, with season tickets going on sale April 2, 2007.
The Cougars will look to defend their Mountain West Conference title in 2007 and extend the nation's second longest winning streak, playing host to Arizona, Eastern Washington, TCU, Air Force, Colorado State and Utah.
The season will kickoff on Saturday, September 1 against Arizona. The Cougars led the nation in 2006 with the highest home margin of victory, winning all six home games by an average of 35.2 points per game. That mark also established a school record for the most dominating home season in BYU Football history.
Difference Public Seating
$20 Donor Seating
Fact Sheet BYU has announced its football ticket prices for the 2007 season. The majority of the ticket increase in the public seating areas will go toward facility improvements and the renovation project. LaVell Edwards Stadium was built in 1964, and expanded in 1982. There are significant structural improvements that need to be done to the stadium.
Listed below are facts about the renovation project.
* Electrical system (2005) * East-side bathrooms (2006) * Television truck pad (2006) * Replace west-side chair seats (2006) * Refurbished elevators (2006)
* Structural repair o Eroded concrete o Resurface concourse walkways o Resurface stadium ramps o Replace and repair stadium stairs * Repaint stands o Including rust abatement * New stadium field lighting * Refurbish visiting team locker room * Create a visiting team press area * West-stadium hosting facilities
Football Stadium History
* Cougar Stadium opened with 26,812 seats (1964) * Expanded to 65,000 seats (1982) * Video walls added (1996) * Changed name to LaVell Edwards Stadium (2000) * Legacy seating added (2003)
* There has not been a significant structural improvement to the stadium since expansion in 1982. * The Athletic Department and Special Events office are responsible for ongoing maintenance of the stadium.