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SBD/June 26, 2014/Colleges
Wisconsin Football Season-Ticket Renewals Holding Steady Despite Price Increase
Published June 26, 2014
DEPARTMENTAL COSTS: In Wisconsin, Andy Baggot noted since UW AD Barry Alvarez assumed the role 10 years ago, the school's operating budget has "more than doubled" from $59.8M in '04-05 to $127.5M in '13-14. UW Athletics has built $130M worth of "new academic and training facilities" to go along with the $109.5M "renovation of Camp Randall Stadium" that was completed in '05. Alvarez said, "Right now is a very unique time in this business because of the changes. Everyone’s sitting out there; none of us knows what’s going to happen with the NCAA. ... There’s obviously -- and rightfully so -- an emphasis on student welfare (and) doing more things for the student-athlete." He added, "All of us are sitting here saying, ‘Where does it go? Can we all support it?’ It’s going to cost more money for all of us to do it. So, right now, I don’t say it’s harder, but there’s more change" (WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL, 6/25).