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Posted at 3:50 p.m., Thursday, March 13, 2003

UH regents committee approves ticket fee hikes

Advertiser Staff

The proposed increase in the premium fee required to secure some of the best seats at University of Hawai'i football and Rainbow Wahine volleyball events received unanimous approval from the Board of Regents' committee on finance and facilities this afternoon.

The full board will vote on it at tomorrow's general meeting at Leeward Community College.

But because there was no oppositionat today's meeting, the proposal is expected to easily pass and will be implemented for the coming football and women's volleyball season.

The premium fee would more than double for most season tickets by 2005.

And fans who purchase single-game tickets to both sports would also face price increases of $5 to $10 over three years in most categories.

Football season-ticket holders currently pay from $25 to $50 on top of the face value of the season tickets. Rainbow Wahine volleyball fans pay $40 above face value for the opportunity to sit in desirable locations.

Under the athletic department's proposal, those sitting in some Aloha Stadium locations would pay as much as $220 at the end of a three-year period.

Volleyball season-ticket holders would see an incremental increase to $60 this year, $80 in 2004 and $100 in 2005.

Even by 2005, however, the top categories will still be less than the $300 currently required of members of Koa Anuenue, the athletic program's umbrella booster group.

Football season tickets range from $77 to $135. Rainbow Wahine volleyball season tickets are $100 to $155.