12 Days of Spring Weekend: Explaining this year’s ticket price increase

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Notice something strange embedded in BCA’s announcements regarding Monday’s Spring Weekend ticket sale? Besides the usual rules about how many tickets are on sale, and when, it seems that ticket prices have increased $5 from last year’s $15.

What could have caused this increase? Did BCA have to blow the budget due to Dan Deacon’s completely irrational demands for what amenities needed to be available for him?* Is Paxson taking a 5% commission on the whole thing? We reached out to a member of BCA for comment, and got a fairly simple explanation for the price increase:

The ticket prices have increased this year because the money we get from UFB only funds the talent we bring, and we need to make up the rest with ticket sales. A higher talent budget means higher production, staging, and hospitality costs. Since it’s a non-profit event, we use our ticket sales to cover all production costs.

There you have it. The increase in production costs, plus artists’ general desire to increase revenues from live performances, explains the $40 total cost to see the whole Spring Weekend lineup. But please don’t riot; the higher costs should bring us super awesome pyrotechnics, pretty lights (LASERS!!!!!!), and maybe even a KBerge hologram.

*No word on what exactly Dan Deacon’s stipulations were for coming, but we hope it included a selfie with Indomitable.

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2 Comments

  1. Good to Know

    Good to know that it wasn’t enough for BCA to have its budget *DOUBLED* by UFB for this year (and still somehow put together a piss-poor lineup)–but they have to increase tickets by 33% as well.

    Hmmmm maybe if the BCA were accountable and actually allowed students on its General Body the results would be a bit better?

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