COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) –Fans have heard about the rising ticket prices to attend Buckeye football games in recent years, and with a national champion team it could be expected. But the rising cost doesn’t stop with ticket prices.
It’s not a new fee, but Ohio State is enforcing the requirement that holders of football season parking passes provide a hefty donation to receive the pass.
The permit holders must contribute to the President’s Club by the end of this year or the Buckeye Club by Feb. 1, 2016, if they want to keep their parking benefit next season.
The donations are $3,000 or $5,000 depending on the parking lot, on top of the $375 annual parking fee.
“There’s definitely a lot of people that are upset about it,” said Alex Schaffer, a ticket broker with 444 seats. “Some people obviously can’t afford it, and the University obviously knows that. At the same time, the demand is greater than the supply.”
During game night Monday at Average Joe’s Tap House on Sawmill Road, we asked season ticket holders and tailgaters: When is an OSU home game no long within reach of an “average Joe?” Has it happened already?
“Everything is corporate now,” said Phil Cordek, a Buckeye tailgater. “Mostly all the tailgaters are corporate.”
But OSU football is, after all, OSU football. It’s all about supply and demand. And it seems there’s always that demand.