Ticket Priority Modernization


Overview

Florida State has completed plans to implement a consistent annual fund-giving structure (to match the existing football structure) for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, and soccer season tickets beginning with the 2023-24 athletic season.

This new structure comes after two years of analysis of peer institutions and the desire to increase game-by-game participation from season ticket holders.

Currently, required contributions to Seminole Boosters to purchase football season tickets allow donors access to tickets to men’s basketball. In other words, a football contribution has afforded “umbrella” access extending to men’s basketball, while no donation policy exists for soccer, softball, baseball, or women’s basketball.

This adjustment adopts a donation requirement for the sports that currently do not have one, while removing the “umbrella” access.

All season ticket holders will receive a phone call from the Athletic Ticket Office and Seminole Boosters to discuss the new policy and answer questions.

New Donation Model

The new per-seat model for season tickets will require a donation to Seminole Boosters with every season ticket purchase.

Phase I - For the 2023-24 athletic season, and starting with the current 2023 annual fund membership, all season ticket holders will need to be active members with Seminole Boosters. The Annual Membership contribution will continue to serve as an “umbrella” donation for all season tickets.

All Coaches Clubs giving related to tickets will be removed and the Annual Fund will provide all ticket priority.

Season ticket holders who are current Seminole Booster Members do not need to take additional action this year.

Phase II - Starting in the 2024-25 season and the 2024 annual fund membership, per-seat giving will begin and will be separated by sport, removing the “umbrella” giving. All season ticket holders will need to join Seminole Boosters at the minimum level to purchase their season ticket location (refer to the seat charts below).

Per seat per sport total annual membership

Example A

Tom is a Tomahawk level member paying $2,000 annually to Seminole Boosters. He has 4 tickets at Doak that require a $500 seat donation. He also has 2 tickets at baseball that will require a $500 donation per seat starting in the 2025 season. Tom’s 2023 and 2024 annual fund donation amount can remain the same. However, his 2025 annual fund will need to increase to $3,000 ($2,000 for football plus $1,000 for baseball) annually to maintain all his seat locations.

Example B

Jessica is a baseball season ticket holder and not a Seminole Booster Member. She will need to join the annual fund at the minimum $70 level in 2024 to renew her seats for the 2024 season. For the 2025 season, her seat location will have a per-seat donation amount that will be her new 2025 annual donation amount.

Seat Selection Process in the 2024-25 season

As the new per-seat model is implemented, current season ticket holders will receive first-option to renew their seat location and donate the required seat amount.

After current season ticket holders decide to keep their seat location or not, a seat selection process will be conducted should a season ticket holder decide to move seat locations to a new section.

Per Seat Timelines

Please select a sport below to see timeline and seating chart details. You can click on each image to expand it.

Men's Basketball Timelines
Men's Basketball Seating

Women's Basketball Timelines
Women's Basketball Seating

Baseball Timelines
Baseball Seating

Soccer Timeline

Softball Timelines
Softball Seating

Priority Point Calculation Formula

Each account will now have two different priority point totals, one used for home ticket allocations (Home Points) and one used for donor recognition, parking and any non-home ticket allocations (Total Points). All Priority Point Categories will be calculated the same with the exception of Lifetime Booster Giving now being calculated with two separate totals.

Priority Point Categories

Total Point Calculation

  1. Total consecutive years as a ticket holder – 5 pts per year (no limit)
  2. Total consecutive years as a Booster member – 5 pts per year (no limit)
  3. *Lifetime Booster giving – 1 pt per $100
    • Annual Fund commitments paid to present
    • Lifetime Gifts* paid through December 31, 2017.
    • Annual Fund and/or Athletic Excellence Fund commitments paid to present
    • Lifetime Gifts* paid to present
  4. FSU Faculty/Staff – 5 pts
  5. FSU Varsity Letter winner – 5 pts
  6. FSU Varsity Club member – 5 pts
  7. Presidents Club honoree – 10 pts

*Lifetime Booster giving includes: Paid gifts to the Coaches Clubs, Facilities, Scholarship endowment, Capital Campaigns and irrevocable planned gifts at net present value. Omitted from lifetime giving are Sky Box and Dunlap Champions Club seat conference and license fees.
Calculation of points will take place two times per year: Immediately following the priority deadline in March and November. The calculation of points at those times will determine:
March: Selection time for seating and parking at Doak and away game ticket allocations. November: Post-season football, men's and women's basketball and baseball ticket allocation.

Allocation by Tiers

Home Game Allocation Tiers

Determines home ticket priority. Based on current year Annual Fund membership level and then priority points within each tier.

Parking & Non-Home Game Allocation Tiers

Determines Game Day Parking and Away, Neutral Site and Post-season Conference, Bowl or Playoff game ticket allocation. Based on Annual Fund and/or Athletic Excellence Fund membership level including combined totals and then priority points within each tier.

  1. Tier I – Legacy Chief and Platinum Chief (+$13,000) and Top 150 donor based on total Priority Points
  2. Tier II – Golden Chief and Silver Chief ($12,999 - $3,250)
  3. Tier III – Tomahawk – Warrior ($3,249 - $650)
  4. Tier IV – Renegade, Brave, Iron Arrow ($649 - $70)

Ticket Account Transfers

Season tickets may be transferred to an immediate family member i.e. spouse, children. Transferable points include consecutive years as a Season Ticket Holder and do not include booster giving.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q:

Do I need to become a Booster member to keep my reserved seat at baseball or softball?

A:

Yes, the 2024 spring seasons will require a minimum $70 Booster annual fund membership to sit in the grandstands in a reserved seat. In the 2025 season, we will fully implement a per-seat giving requirement and conduct a new seat selection process at each venue.

Q:

Why am I required to become a Booster member?

A:

We are implementing a consistent ticket priority policy among all ticketed sports. This model will also establish a ticketing structure that allows us to administer ticket priority in a consistent manner among donors. More importantly, we must provide the necessary resources to provide our student-athletes with the best experience possible and continue to achieve athletic and academic excellence in all 20 sports.

Q:

What is the difference between priority limits based on giving level and per-seat, specifically the adjustment at men’s basketball?

A:

Currently, the men’s basketball ticket priority policy provides season ticket quantity limits based on annual fund giving level. For example, Golden, Platinum, and Legacy Chiefs can purchase up to 6 seats in Priority I sections at the Tucker Center. Moving forward, each seating section at the Tucker Center (and all home venues of ticketed sports) will have a per-seat donation requirement where that amount is multiplied by the number of season tickets purchased to establish the giving requirement for men’s basketball. That giving amount will become separate from the giving amount for all other ticketed sports.