By Kyeland Jackson —
University of Louisville athletic ticket prices will go up next year, the U of L Athletic Association decided Jan. 19.
Reserved seats will increase $12 each. Price hikes apply to seats for clubs and suites, faculty and staff, L-club, family plan and mezzanine seats. Student and season ticket prices will not increase.
Volleyball will start playing their games in the Cardinal Arena, prompting ULAA to approve $600,000 in renovations. Over two-thirds of that will go towards new bleachers, which Athletic Director Tom Jurich said are unsafe.
“That is truly a safety issue. I tell you, we’re scared to death for the people in the stands,” Jurich said.
The bleachers, built in the late 1980’s, cannot retract and some repair parts are unavailable.
Jurich also addressed U of L’s response to the notice of allegations, sent by the NCAA Oct. 20. The NCAA investigation found four violations against the university. Men’s basketball’s former director of operations, Andre Mcgee, paid escorts to have sex with, and dance for, recruits and players. Allegations also charged basketball coach Rick Pitino failed to monitor the program.
The university sent a response to the NOA Jan. 17. Jurich expects a timeline on the issue this summer.