It's that time of year again.
This week, Lehigh announced their season ticket plans for the 2011 season, as well as their release schedule for chairback season tickets, mini plans, and individual tickets.
It's the only way to guarantee a good view of crunching hits like this one at Murray Goodman Stadium - and the only way for alums to guarantee a seat at the 147th edition of "The Rivalry", to be played at Murray Goodman stadium. (more)
For $100, fans receive a chairback reserved seat to all six home games, while for $85 fans can purchase general admission season tickets. The only way to ensure tickets to the annual Lehigh – Lafayette contest is to buy season tickets or a mini plan.
For the third straight year, Lehigh Athletics is offering four mini plans, each of which includes a ticket to the Lehigh – Lafayette game. Any of the four plans can be purchased for $57 (chairback) or $49 (general admission. Plan A features the New Hampshire, Yale and Lafayette games, while Plan B consists of the Liberty, Holy Cross and Lafayette games. Plan C includes Yale and Holy Cross, as well as Lafayette, while Plan D features New Hampshire, Holy Cross and Lafayette.
All Alumni that do not purchase a season ticket or a mini plan may place a request for tickets to the Lehigh-Lafayette game, but they will not be guaranteed tickets and will not find out until September 21 the result of their request. Available tickets will depend on the number of season and mini plan packages sold.
When I look at this, I think about what season ticket mini package sounds like the best value.
While I understand the gang that loves the chairbacks, since I have a young family I like the general admission tickets that allow - weather permitting - folks to sit in the grass behind the west end zone.
Full season tickets are on sale now, and you can buy them at Lehighsports.com or send them back on this flyer that is undoubtedly going out very, very soon.
Mini-plans go on sale June 14th, while individual tickets for games go on sale June 29th. If you are just looking for tickets for Lehigh/Lafayette, you can make a request for those tickets that day as well, but you're not guaranteed a ticket unless you buy a season ticket or mini-plan.
If you request Lehigh/Lafayette tickets, you won't know until September 21st the status of your request since students, faculty, and plan members get priority. Folks usually get them - but the only way to guarantee the tickets is to buy some sort of season ticket plan, and for $49 per ticket, it's pretty reasonably priced, especially if you're planning to go to the games anyway.
As for the mini-plan to buy, it's a very tough call. Both New Hampshire and Liberty (25) are ranked in Athlon's Preseason Top 25 (and Lehigh, incidentally, is ranked No. 12). There is no mini-plan that gives you access to both games: you either get access to one, or the other. (You could always get a ticket to the other game for gameday, however.)
New Hampshire could very well be a national game of the week on September 10th, with a chance at being the only matchup of Top Ten teams in the second weekend of the year.
But don't overlook the Liberty game, who is also nationally ranked and is legendary around FCS for bringing busload after busload of fans to away games, including a 100 piece marching band.
Given this data, it seems like the best miniplan to buy would be Plan D - giving you home games against New Hampshire and title contender Holy Cross, as well as the 147th against "that school in Easton" in November. And you can always buy a ticket for the Liberty game as well.