How to get more people to buy tickets for the College Football Playoff
When you want to make your college football season more memorable and to sell more tickets, you have to do more than just promote your games.
You have to sell tickets.
That’s where the University of Maryland and the University Mall are leading the way.
The University of Marymount has partnered with the College Sports Marketing Association (CSMA) to produce a special ticketing promotion to promote the College Games.
It’s called the University Out of the Game, and it’s being offered at more than 300 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
The goal is to get as many people to go to the games as possible, said Chris Smith, a University of Md. senior.
The event starts Friday, Oct. 12 at the Maryland Sports Complex at Martin Luther King Jr. Center.
It will include an interactive auction with a $5 entry fee, a ticketed walk-up sale for $25, a discounted tickets to the game for $10, and an autographed football signed by the head coach.
Smith said he hopes to sell about 3,000 tickets to Maryland’s home games for the first six weeks.
If the sales go well, the university will be able to expand the event to other venues across the country.
Smith is hoping to sell the event on its first day.
That would mean the Maryland-Maryland game will be the only one to sell out, he said.
The Maryland-Massachusetts game is the only other game to sell a full house.
Smith hopes to raise $200,000 in donations to help cover the cost of the event.
He’s already raised $300,000 and will continue to raise money for the next three weeks.
Smith and the CSMA said the event is being promoted as part of the CSMU’s Campus Connect initiative.
CSMA president John C. Rizzo said CSMA was looking to help bring together the university community, which he said is an important part of any event like this.
The association is trying to promote CSMUs campus and to reach out to students and alumni who might not be able or interested in attending the games, Rizzow said.
“This event will make us look like the best in the world when people come,” he said in a statement.
He said the association is offering free tickets and discounted tickets for those who attend the event, and will also offer more than $100,000 to any charity that helps the university.
For the first five weeks of the game, the association will also be offering discounted tickets, and free parking at the Mall, Rizowitz said.
Tickets will be available for purchase starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 12.
CSMUS also has partnered up with the University Athletic Association (UA), which also provides free tickets for all sports fans who attend its events, said Dan Sussman, president of the UA Athletic Association.
He expects that UA will offer discounted tickets and free Parking at the Stadium, Ristolak said.
Suss, who oversees the UA Sports Complex, said he’s been asked several times by the university to promote other sports, including baseball and soccer.
“It’s not only our team and our student-athletes, but it’s the entire athletic community that’s being impacted by the College GameDay,” he told Bleacher View.
The UA and CSMA are also looking to partner up with local colleges, universities and businesses.
They’re also reaching out to local news outlets.
In addition to the CSMDA, the UAMS and the UAA are also helping the association promote the event with a partnership that will feature the University Athletics Association and UAMS, Ressman said.
CSMS, the University Center for Campus Recreation, is also working with the association.
Smith expects the CSMCU to reach 10,000 fans on its own, which would be the largest-ever CSM-sponsored event.
The university will also host its own event, the Sportsmanship Summit, to promote campus safety, Rissman said, and the association plans to hold a “Sportsmanship Challenge” during the event that will give away $50 gift cards to students, faculty and staff.
“I hope this will be a really good week,” Rizzov said.
For more information on the College Gameday event, visit: http://www.csmuzones.com/colleges/march-and-month/courses/sports/sportsmanship-summit-sportsmanship