Oct. 31, 2007
Attending many of Stanford's regular season athletic events will now be free after a new policy announced today by Bob Bowlsby, the Jaquish and Kenninger Director of Athletics. The new policy, effective immediately, provides for free admission to all previously ticketed athletic events with the exception of football, men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, baseball, and men's and women's soccer.
"We are pleased to make most of our athletic events free to our students, fans and members of the community," said Bowlsby. "Our belief is that open access would enhance the attendance, allow the Stanford community to experience the excitement and entertainment of intercollegiate athletics and thereby make it a better competitive environment for our teams."
Along with the seven sports that will continue to charge an admission fee, one other event will also charge admission: the Stanford Invitational Track Meet on April 4-5, 2008. All other previously ticketed athletic events will be free.
Effective immediately, free access will be provided to the following sports: men's volleyball, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's water polo, lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, softball, men's and women's swimming and diving, synchronized swimming, wrestling and men's and women's track and field (with the exception of the Stanford Invitational).
There will also be no admission fees for men's and women's golf, men's and women's rowing, field hockey, fencing, squash and sailing, for which there has not been an admission fee in the past.
The new policy includes regular season events only and does not include special events, post-season or NCAA championships