MSU athletics ticket prices may increase to keep up with costs


POSTED: 7:00 PM Feb 26 2013   UPDATED: 9:20 PM Feb 26 2013
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BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Montana State University's athletic department says it needs to bump ticket prices and add $1.1 million to keep up with rising costs.

Thousands of fans pack Bobcat Stadium every season. Athletic Director Peter Fields says there are increased expectations for the already successful football program.

"We really work hard to try and keep our costs down as much as we can, but we have some issue that are outside of our control," said Fields.

MSU officials heard proposals Tuesday on how to carve up $2 million of investment money to benefit university departments. The athletic department asked for $1.1 million. According to Fields the money would be used to replace aging equipment, as well as cover rising costs associated with travel, scholarships and medical insurance.

We spoke to a few MSU students who tell us the ticket increase makes sense to help support the financial demand of the facilities and games.

"I would still pay for sure. As an athlete myself I definitely go and support the team," said Grant Grosvenor.

Fields told NBC Montana the health of his athletes is most important and he aims to make sure this money will help cover their medical costs.

Fields wouldn't comment specifically on the dollar amount of the ticket increase.