Ole Miss To Begin Priority Seating For The 2001-2002 Basketball Season

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Q & A About Men's Basketball Priority Seating

June 29, 2001

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss men's basketball program has reached new heights in recent years, and the athletic department is working hard to provide resources to help keep the Rebels on the national scene. As a result, the Ole Miss Loyalty Foundation is beginning a basketball priority system for the 2001-02 season.

"The cost to compete at the national level is great," said George Smith, Director of the Loyalty Foundation. "The time is now for us to support our basketball programs so they rise to the level our coaches have demanded.

"Our athletic department has decided to go full speed ahead to keep Ole Miss among the national basketball elite. However, this level requires greater financial support. The current support for our basketball programs exists only through ticket sales. We are implementing a plan to provide additional funds for a facility and staffs that not only enhance our men's and women's basketball programs but also our University."

The Loyalty Foundation Basketball Priority System - which is separate from the Football Priority Plan and requires separate membership status - protects all current season ticket holders' seats by providing the ticket holder the first right of refusal on the number of seats purchased the previous year. The right of refusal requires the ticket holder to contribute to the Loyalty Foundation. For seats in the blue (lower) section, a person can purchase up to four season tickets with a required donation of $150 per seat to the Loyalty Foundation. Those purchasing tickets in the red (middle) section can purchase up to six seats with a donation of $100 per seat. A limit of six seats can also be purchased in the yellow (top) section with a donation of $50 per seat. If the ticket holder chooses not to contribute to the Loyalty Foundation, the ticket holder's seats will be reassigned to a non-priority area.

Ticket orders above four in the blue section and six in the red and yellow sections are considered bulk orders, and individuals must meet certain contribution levels for those orders.

All new priority seating assignments will be based on availability and priority of the individual, and priority will be determined by Loyalty Foundation contributions, both current and past. To obtain choice seating, it is recommended to contribute more than the minimum required for the desired area. The deadline to secure season tickets through the priority system is Aug. 15.

Ole Miss faculty and staff will have an introductory period into the priority system. For up to four season tickets, the first year will be free, the second year half price, and the third year on will be full price. Faculty and staff will continue to have the opportunity to purchase two season tickets at half price.

Active M-Club members will have the option to use their $1,000 credit toward football or basketball but not both. Car dealer members will have the option to use their $5,000 credit toward football or basketball but not both.

Tad Smith Coliseum is currently undergoing renovations with all new upholstered chair-back seats, a four-panel Pro Star Video Board, two new full display scoreboards, and a new state-of-the-art sound system. The new seating will increase capacity from 8,135 to approximately 8,700.

For more information on the Basketball Priority System, contact the Ole Miss Loyalty Foundation at 662-915-7159 or umaalf@olemiss.edu. Fans can also check the Loyalty Foundation web site at http://bruiser.olemiss.edu/lf for additional information.

 

 

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