Nebraska men’s basketball season ticket-holders are receiving welcome news in the mail this week.
They’re getting their renewal orders, which will reveal the same base price tag as tickets last season, the Huskers’ first in Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Nebraska executive associate athletic director Marc Boehm said Monday the athletic department isn’t raising prices because it wants to ensure a full arena.
“That’s our No. 1 goal,” Boehm said. “We didn’t want to disrupt any of that.”
Nebraska, which sold out season tickets some six months before its debut in Pinnacle Bank Arena, averaged a school-record 15,149 fans last season, ranking No. 13 in the nation. The per-game average increase of 5,067 fans from the previous season was the largest by a Division I men’s program since 2006-07.
What’s more, the Huskers had a breakthrough season under second-year coach Tim Miles, winning 19 games, finishing fourth in the Big Ten Conference and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. Nebraska went 15-1 at home.
Nebraska officials didn’t feel now was the time to capitalize at the ticket office. Boehm said they went into the season ticket-renewal process already knowing they weren’t raising prices.
“We want that arena filled,” Boehm said. “In time, down the line, we might get (prices) up. But we want to establish ourselves as a top-25 program before we even do that.”
Ticket holders will, however, be responsible for a $1 surcharge per ticket, per game, a charge the athletic department picked up last season, Boehm said.
Season-ticket packages in the 300 level will remain less than $100, even with the surcharge, Boehm said, because Nebraska is lowering that price from $5 to $4.75 per game to help offset the $17 surcharge. That's $97.75 per season ticket.
Boehm said roughly half of the renewal forms for season tickets were sent out last week, with the rest to be mailed Monday.
Nebraska will have a 17-game home schedule, including one exhibition game. Boehm said Nebraska is “on the verge” of releasing its nonconference schedule, but that it’s still trying to fill one last opponent — the regular-season opener, likely to be either Nov. 15 or Nov. 16.
Known home nonconference dates include Nov. 25 vs. Nebraska-Omaha; Dec. 7 against Creighton; Dec. 10 vs. Incarnate Word; and Dec. 13 against Cincinnati.
In other schedule news, Nebraska, originally scheduled to play in the 2015 Anaheim Classic, will now instead play in the same event in 2016. That allows Nebraska to play in the 2015 Barclays Center Classic in New Jersey, Nov. 27 and 28.
Season tickets also are currently on sale for the Nebraska women’s basketball team. Not included in that season-ticket package, however, is a Nov. 23 game against Utah, which has been moved to the Devaney Sports Center.