Men's Basketball Debuts 'Benchwarmer Pass' Season Ticket System
By Tim Linafelt
Seminoles.com Senior Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A boisterous atmosphere at the Donald L. Tucker Center helped propel the Florida State men's basketball team to a perfect, 18-0 record at home during the 2016-17 season.
For an encore, FSU athletics is introducing an innovative new way to bring more Seminoles fans even closer to the action in 2017-18.
Florida State on Monday announced the Benchwarmer Pass, a new, 100-percent mobile season ticket that guarantees a different seat in the lower bowl of the Tucker Center for every home game of the 2017-18 regular season.
The pass, on sale now for $150, averages to less than $10 per game and is guaranteed to be a better value than the face value of each ticket.
“We wanted to make this too good of an offer to not do,” said Mark Cameron, director of ticket sales at FSU. “So, we made it a more affordable option than a traditional season ticket, guaranteed lower level and, for some games, you'll be in sideline seating.”
Fans can purchase the Benchwarmer Pass on Seminoles.com, then link their ticket account to the FSU Gameday app on their smart phones. Tickets will then be claimed and seats assigned 24-48 hours before tip-off.
Benchwarmer Pass seats can be anywhere in the lower bowl of the Tucker Center, from general admission seats near the basket all the way to a reserved seat behind the FSU bench – hence the name “Benchwarmer Pass.”
Benchwarmer Passes cannot be resold, however they can be transferred from fan to fan. Passholder tickets will be distributed in the form of a unique barcode that is scanned at the Tucker Center gates.
Mobile ticketing is on the rise in both professional and collegiate sports. The NFL's New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs recently announced similar programs, and the trend has made its way to MLB, the NHL and the NBA, too.
The idea is to give fans more flexibility when it comes to supporting their favorite teams.
“The biggest thing for us to try to give fans different opportunities,” Cameron said.
On the heels of a memorable season that saw FSU beat seven ranked opponents on the way to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, the Seminoles are set to welcome a number of high-profile opponents to the Tucker Center this fall. Defending champion North Carolina is set to visit Tallahassee, as are NCAA tournament teams Louisville, Virginia and Miami.