MAC Announces Coliseum Reseating Project
- By Shannon McNamara
- December 18, 2012 10:43 AM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Mountaineer Athletic Club (MAC) are implementing a reseating project for the WVU Coliseum that will take place prior to the start of the 2013-14 men’s basketball season.
The reseating project will begin in the summer of 2013 and will provide fairness and equity in the allocation of men’s basketball season tickets. Current MAC members and current or retired WVU faculty and staff who request season tickets, will receive the benefit of personally selecting available seats for the 2013-14 season.
“The reseating of the WVU Coliseum is essential for the success of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletic,” says WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck. “This initiative achieves our goal of rewarding past support and season ticket purchases while balancing the need to provide resources for our student-athletes and afford more equity in the seating process. As we did with our Priority Points Program, we have put together a plan that carefully considers the needs of West Virginia University and our loyal stakeholders.”
Through the seat selection process, MAC members and WVU faculty and staff will have the opportunity to improve their season ticket locations and/or purchase additional season tickets in the priority seating areas. MAC members at the Champion annual giving level and above, as well as season ticket holders who have purchased season tickets for 25 or more consecutive years, will also have the benefit of maintaining a certain number of seats in the WVU Coliseum, based upon established guidelines and limitations.
“The Coliseum reseating initiative provides a unique opportunity for the Mountaineer Athletic Club to allocate seats in a systematic and transparent process,” says Matt Borman, Associate Athletic Director for Development/MAC Executive Director. “Our staff has spent more than a year researching the best practices to construct and implement this system. Our donors and fans will see that we have created a program that is unique to WVU and provides MAC members and faculty and staff the opportunity to personally select their season tickets.”
In addition to the seating project, two current MAC benefit levels will change and a new benefit level will be created for the 2013 giving year. The Gold Scholar benefit level will recognize donors who make an annual contribution between $15,000 - $24,999, while the Mountaineer Scholar benefit level will be reserved for donors who make annual gifts of $25,000 and above. A new annual benefit level – the Blue Scholar level – also is being established for donors who contribute between $10,000 - $14,999.
To address questions about the reseating process, the MAC will host open houses at the Coliseum prior to the TCU game on Jan. 23, the Oklahoma State game on Feb. 23 and the Iowa State game on March 9.
Information outlining the reseating process and 2013 giving level changes will be mailed to all current MAC members and all 2012-13 basketball season ticket holders in the coming days. More information can also be found online at MountaineerAthleticClub.com or by contacting the Mountaineer Athletic Club at 1-800-433-2072 or MAC@mail.wvu.edu.