The 2012-13 men's basketball season was full of memorable moments and outstanding performances as the Bulldogs won 27 games and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in seven years. As we move into spring, we are excited to join the BIG EAST Conference for the 2013-14 season. The new conference will provide strong, challenging competition for all our student-athletes as they continue to represent Butler University in competition and in the classroom.
Our student-athletes are not the only ones who will be provided with new opportunities. Butler men's basketball season ticket holders will have a brand new option available for seat selection at Hinkle Fieldhouse for the 2013-14 season. In early fall, we will host our first season ticket holder "Select-a-Seat" event. Through this new program, fans will be assigned a time, based on their Priority Point total PER SEAT, to come to Hinkle Fieldhouse and select their season ticket seats for the 2013-2014 season. This process allows fans the freedom to look at different available seating options and choose the seats that best fit their needs, all while adhering to the Priority Points System. Similar seat selection events are used prominently throughout college athletics. We believe that this method of seat selection is the most authentic and transparent use of the Priority Points System and also grants fans more freedom than ever in choosing great seats in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Here's How It Works
This event will take place the week of Monday September 30th through Friday October 4th. During the 2nd week of September, all fans who have turned in a season ticket request form will be notified via email and U.S. Mail of their assigned day and time to come to Hinkle Fieldhouse and choose their seats. Each fan's date and time to select seats will be determined by their Priority Point total PER SEAT as of September 1, 2013. The Select-A-Seat event will begin each day at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 6:00 p.m. with a break for lunch.
Q: What if I cannot attend the Select-A-Seat event at my assigned day and time?
A: If you are unable to attend at your assigned day and time you can send another person in your place. If that is not possible, you will be given the opportunity to provide us with your top preferences for seating locations in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Then, at your assigned time, seats will be selected for you.
Q: How will the process work?
A: Fans will be assigned a 10-minute selection period. For example, a fan may be assigned the 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. period on Tuesday October 1st. At the fan's assigned time, he/she will be escorted into the area where seat selection takes place. This will likely be in the main concourse of Hinkle Fieldhouse. We will have detailed maps of every section with specific rows and seats shown. When a seat has been selected it will be crossed out so that other fans are not able to select that same location. During your selection time, you will be escorted by a BUAD staff member to help you with the seat selection and checkout.
Q: Can I go into the arena and look at different seats?
A: Yes, however we recommend that fans avoid this if possible so they are able to select seats before the next 10-minute period begins.
Q: What if I need more than 10 minutes?
A: Fans can take as long as they wish to select seats. However, each 10 minutes another group of fans will be admitted to the selection area and allowed to select their seats.
Q: How many people will be selecting seats at once?
A: A very small number of fans will select seats during each 10-minute period. This will allow each fan the opportunity to speak to their BUAD staff seat rep about their seating wishes. We anticipate that by the end of the first day (Monday September 30th) we will have seated the top 225 accounts.
Q: Why are we selecting seats this way?
A: There are multiple reasons. First, with the Hinkle renovation of the main arena taking place before the 2014-2015 season, we would have had to implement this system anyway, because the sections, rows, and seats will no longer exist in their current configuration. Doing it this season allows fans the chance to experience the process in advance of this change. Second, we believe that this method of choosing seats is a more transparent and fan-friendly way of choosing seats, while still abiding by the same Priority Points system that has been in place for seven years.
Q: What if I choose seats that are different than the ones I requested on my order form?
A: That's ok! If you choose seats at the Select-A-Seat event that are in a different price level than the ones you selected on your order form, we will refund or charge you the difference.
All seat selection times will be assigned based on Priority Points. Fans earn 10 points for every $100 donated to Butler athletics from June 1, 2012 to Sept. 1, 2013. Fans earn five points for every $100 donated to Butler athletics from June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2012. Fans also earn one point for every consecutive year they have had season tickets, dating back to 1989. This total is then divided by the number of seats requested for the 2013-14 season. The final points PER SEAT total is used to assign fans a date and time to come to Hinkle Fieldhouse for the Select-a-Seat event.
Please contact Matt Harris (317-940-9390, EMAIL), Kyle Smith (317-940-8162, EMAIL), or Mike Freeman (317-940-6452, EMAIL) with questions. Look for your 2013-14 season ticket information soon. We look forward to an exciting season!