After attendance declined at men’s lacrosse championship weekend for the seventh straight year, the NCAA will drastically lower prices starting next season, according to Inside Lacrosse.
The cheapest all-session ticket for the 2015 event in Philadelphia is $50, and the NCAA will also offer a family-friendly $99 package for the semifinals that includes four end-zone tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and parking.
The NCAA has also talked about adding a $12 to $15 one-day end-zone ticket.
This year’s cheapest Saturday non-group ticket was $50; the cheapest all-session tickets were $79.
Attendance for this year's Memorial Day weekend event at M&T; Bank Stadium was 78,234, a slight decrease from the 79,179 who watched last year's Final Four in Philadelphia and a 36.5 percent drop from the all-time high crowd of 123,225 who attended the 2007 event in Baltimore.
Other important changes the NCAA has discussed include moving the NCAA quarterfinals back on campus, with the higher seeds hosting, and looking into different dates and times for championship weekend games.
“This is still one of our premier championships,” said Anthony Holman, NCAA associate director of championships. “I don’t think any of us see that changing in the near future. Why we spend so much time and effort on it is because we value it so much. While the public may perceive success differently than we do, we still can’t bury our heads in the sand. We have to address some of those things that are being said and maybe be better to communicate what our goals are.”
Inside Lacrosse has more on what other changes the NCAA is exploring.