Seven things you need to know about the Gold Pass

In late spring, the Boston College athletics department announced that a new ticketing system would be implemented in place of the older, conventional system used in years past.

Dubbed the “Gold Pass,” and labeled as an all-inclusive, “all-access pass,” BC students are given the opportunity to purchase a plan for admittance to all varsity sporting events.

The goal of the pass, according to the athletic department’s official release, is “to simplify the purchasing process and to increase student attendance at all varsity sports events on campus.”

BC athletics director Brad Bates informed The Gavel last spring that his strategic plan would touch on ways to enhance the fan’s game day experience, and the institution of the Gold Pass is certainly a step in the right direction.

Here are seven things you need to know about the Gold Pass before the first football game against Villanova on August 31st:

7. You save money, and not just “spare change.” The cost of the Gold Pass is $175. For anyone but rising freshman, who are likely unaware of last year’s prices, the price drop is wholly appealing. In order to gain admittance to BC’s big trio of sports last year—hockey, basketball, and football—one had to pay $275 in hard copy tickets.

That is a $100 difference, which can then go to other, more important things like a Ryan Anderson basketball jersey or say, one fifth of that macroeconomics textbook you despise so greatly.

6. Your Eagle ID is your form of admittance. Dealing with tickets before game day was such a hassle and condensing everything onto your Eagle ID is simple, and brilliant. I know very few people that took joy in printing out copies of tickets before every single hockey, basketball, and football game.

But, this does mean that if you lose your ID a few hours before a football game, you probably won’t step inside the stadium unless you miraculously summon someone from the Office of Student Services or you buy a non-student section ticket. Moral of the story: don’t lose that ID.

5. The last day to purchase the “Gold Pass” is August 31st. Don’t neglect yourself of a year of BC sports—it’s too much fun. Buy the pass.

 4. Students (mainly juniors) going abroad will have the ability to purchase the Gold Pass on a semester basis. Those juniors going away in the spring semester need only to pay $125, while those going away in the fall semester are required to pay $100 for spring semester sporting events.

3. The pass operates on a “first come, first serve” basis. For games that typically see high volume (i.e. first football game, BC-Duke hoops, BC-BU hockey), it is possible that you could be denied entrance if the student section is at maximum capacity. In response to this issue, the athletics department cleverly devised a “rewards system” that more or less insures one’s admittance to a particular game. Which brings me to my next point…

2. In an effort to drive attendance and incentivize students, the Gold Pass features a “rewards system.” As depicted in the figure below, going to “low demand games” such as men’s and women’s soccer games are worth more points, while going to “high demand games” are worth less points in the system. The more points someone has to their name, the greater chance they will be allocated a space for a high demand game like the Beanpot championship or Hockey East Finals.

Photo Courtesy of BCEagles.com

Photo Courtesy of BCEagles.com

1. Individual, single-game tickets will not be sold to the student body. This is basically the only option you have as a BC student to get the opportunity to have complete access to varsity sporting events. Seize your chance to become part of an exciting era in BC sports; get that Gold Pass and don your SuperFan yellow with pride!

If you need any extra motivation to buy a Gold Pass in time for football season, take a look at Nick Genovese ’16’s preview on the 2013 season. It should convince you:

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