HOW BOWL GAME SEATING WORKS
November 22, 2014
The Stanford Football team is bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive year. As Stanford Athletics begins preparing for the ticket transaction and seat allocation process, we wanted to alert our fans to a few important details:
Each bowl game allocates a fixed number of tickets in pre-determined locations to both of the participating institutions. Depending on the bowl, prime seat locations (such as seats at midfield or in a club level) may or may not be part of the ticket package offered to Stanford. In addition to providing tickets for the two participating institutions, bowl organizations are also committed to making tickets available for annual subscribers in the local community and corporate sponsors.
Stanford allocates its bowl tickets based on the degree to which each ticket purchaser engages with the university. Financial support for Stanford and the athletic program is critical to helping the Cardinal compete for bowl berths and win championships. Other forms of engagement, such as season ticket purchases and volunteer service, are also important.
In most years there is more demand for certain seat locations at the bowl game than we can fulfill from our allocation of tickets. Additionally, for bowl games where the demand for tickets far exceeds the available supply, it is possible that some ticket requests may not be fulfilled at all.
Accordingly, given the limitations of our allocation, we use a fair and established system for assigning seats that considers engagement with Stanford during the seating process. We are extremely grateful for all of the support that Stanford Athletics receives, and we wish to recognize this during an event that is made possible in large part because of alumni and fan engagement.
Similar to previous years, seat locations within Stanford's bowl ticket allotment will be assigned according to the customer's level of engagement with the university and stated price level preference (subject to availability). The following criteria, not necessarily in this order, will determine seat location:
- Annual gifts to the Buck/Cardinal Club
- Years of season ticket purchases in all season-ticketed sports
- Total lifetime giving to Stanford Athletics
- Total lifetime giving to Stanford University
- Bequest intentions to Stanford Athletics
- Volunteer service on an athletic or university board
- Stanford alumnus/a
- Former Stanford student-athlete
If a fan has purchased tickets from Stanford before, it is important that he/she login using his/her existing ticket account information upon receipt of the Bowl Game Ticket application so we can give proper credit for his/her engagement with Stanford during the allocation and seating process. Fans who need help retrieving their log in information can call (800)-STANFORD to speak with a Stanford Athletics representative.
To make a gift or to increase your level of engagement, please visit www.buckcardinal.com or call (650) 736-6907.
For certain bowl games, the number of tickets reqeusted on the Bowl Game Ticket Application may exceed the number of tickets that we are able to fulfill. We will make every effort to set a request limit that reflects the anticipated demand for each game, but it is still possible that we may not be able to fulfill your entire request. By submitting the Bowl Game Ticket Application, you are commiting to purchasing any number of tickets up to the amount of tickets requested at hte time of submission. We do not expect having to fulfill partial orders this year.
Bowl Game Ticket Applications will be distributed to season ticket holders the week of November 24.