The University of Nebraska Athletic Department has released their upcoming season ticket plan for current Husker athletic ticket holders. Like many departments across the country, the University of Nebraska will be facing some financial loss due to COVID-19 in the upcoming season. According to the letter sent out today, the expected loss within the department could be anywhere from $40 to $100 million. A fairly large sum for anywhere in the country.
However, with the virus at hand, they have given ticket holders three options this upcoming season.
- Keep your tickets for this upcoming season.
- Request a full refund. You will still have an opportunity to renew for the 2021 season and the your status of season ticket holder will not be impacted.
- Convert your 2020 payment into a credit for the 2021 season. Ticket holders will be able eligible for up to 30 priority points for selecting this option.
The full statement from the athletic department:
“Nebraska Athletics is working closely with campus leadership, and local government and health officials to determine the recommended Memorial Stadium capacity based on health and safety guidelines. Capacity recommendations will be provided to Athletics later this month and reviewed throughout the season. Physical distancing to achieve recommended capacity in the seating areas may require a reduction in season ticket quantities to accommodate as many accounts as possible. Communication on capacity and safety guidelines will be delivered no less than two weeks prior to the first home game.
We understand not all fans will feel comfortable attending games this fall. With that in mind, you will have options for the 2020 season. I ask that you fill out the attached survey by Friday, Aug. 14, indicating your intentions for this season.We have adjusted our no-refund policy and are offering the option of converting your 2020 Nebraska Football payment, or any unused funds, into a credit for the 2021 season. You will receive up to 30 priority points for selecting this option.
You can also request a full refund on your 2020 payment. Regardless of the decision you make for 2020, you will have the opportunity to renew for the 2021 season and your status as a ticket holder will not be impacted.As you evaluate your personal decision for 2020, I would remind you of the impact your financial support has on our nearly 650 student-athletes.
Your financial assistance is critical to providing our young men and women the most comprehensive student-athlete experience in the country.Husker Athletics is introducing the “Day by Day” campaign to help us offset the financial hardship of a $40-$100 million revenue shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We would appreciate your consideration in donating to the “Day by Day” campaign by re-committing all of your 2020 payment, or any unused funds, to Husker Athletics. Individuals who choose to do so will receive up to 100 priority points.”
Many universities have given options similar to this to their fans. It will be interesting to see what the final number of fans allowed into Memorial Stadium and other venues on campus when the games begin to start. Also of note, the impact this will have on the football sellout streak.
While many fans are probably planning on going, there is probably a decent amount who are skeptical of going to games during this pandemic. That is, if any will even be played.