Minium: Seating process has begun for ODU football, but good seats will remain when ticket sales open to everyone
By ODU Athletics
By Harry Minium
In Old Dominion’s first ten seasons of football, every season ticket holder went through what is called a “seating” or “re-seating” process three times.
Nearly every seat at Foreman Field was allocated in 2009, ODU’s first season, based on a points system. Re-seating occurred in 2013 and 2017.
But at 10 this morning, ODU football tickets began being re-allocated for the last time. Let me say that again: never again will ticket holders have to go through this process again.
That means if you reserve your tickets this summer, you can keep your seats forever if you wish.
The Old Dominion Athletic Foundation, ODU’s athletic fundraising organization, began allocating tickets to its 50 biggest donors today. The process continues through June 14 with thousands more set to select seats over the next 2 1/2 weeks.
On June 15, fans who aren't current season ticket holders will be able to begin selecting their seats, and believe me, a ton of good seats will be available.
The new Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium, in the late stages of a $67.5 million overhaul, will offer nearly 16,000 sideline seats, about 2,300 more than last season.
There are tickets at all price points with end zone seats beginning at $99 apiece.
ODU has simplified the seat-selection process, which was probably too complicated when season ticket holders were asked to renew their tickets.
Here’s the deal: Go to the Web site below, hover over seats and the price will be listed.
Then go to this Web site to pay for season tickets.
Sometime in June, after the seating process is over, there will be a better stadium map at the Web site above where you can hover over seats you want and simply purchase them.
No donations required. No points system. Simply choose your seats and pay.
Along with a ticket price, you may or may not have to pay what ODU has called a “seat membership fee.”
Thousands of seats are available without a fee. But if you decide to purchase a seat that requires a fee, know that not a dime is going for salaries or to build new facilities.
Seat membership fees are earmarked to pay only for scholarships for ODU's 450 athletes, from football to field hockey, men’s basketball and women's tennis.
ODU should have called them scholarship enhancement fees. Be assured that every dime is going to the kids.
It’s clear that a lot of ODU fans are interested in the new stadium. I posted two videos on social media recently, and more than 10,000 of you viewed one or both.
That’s great, but videos don’t do justice to the new stadium. It’s relatively small, with 22,482 seats, but it’s designed to look and feel like a big boy, Football Bowl Subdivision stadium.
Like the Ted Constant Center, it’s a smaller version of a Power 5 venue.
If you haven’t seen it, take some time to do it the next couple of weeks. Come to the “red” garage on 49th Street behind the stadium from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., park on levels 3-5, walk down to the second floor and proceed out into the Atlantic Bay Football Complex.
S.B. Ballard Stadium's west side as it appeared last week.
You can’t get inside of the stadium, but the view there from the loge seats is magnificent.
As most of you know, Foreman Field is no more. The 82-year-old portions of the stadium were torn down last November.
The new Kornblau Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium opens on Aug. 31 when the Monarchs host Norfolk State.
Current season ticket holders will get an impressive view of the stadium if they elect to choose their seats in person. Rather than hold the re-seating process at the Kornblau Student Center, ODAF moved it to the stadium luxury suites.
“Having it at the stadium is going be exciting,” said Jena Virga, senior associate athletic director who heads athletic fundraising.
“You can’t appreciate how much better the stadium will be until you see it in person. It’s much more than people expected.”
Here are tips from Virga if you’re among the thousands who will be selecting new seats in the next 2 ½ weeks.
* You can select seats in person by heading to suite 300 in the Bay Atlantic building.
* You can also selects seats online or over the phone by calling 683-7336.
* If you decide to select online, you need to confirm a password in advance. If not, your seat selection may be delayed, and you could lose your preferred seats to others. If you don’t have a password, or a date and time to select, call 683-4444.
* You’re not limited to purchasing the seats that you prepaid for. Many with two seats decide instead to purchase four or more during selection progress.
“You can purchase as many seats as you want,” Virga said.
*Finally, Virga encouraged ticket holders to go to the virtual Web site below before their selection time.
“It will help you to familiarize yourself with the stadium so when your time comes, you’ll have a good idea what seats to select,” she said.
And might I add again, select for the last time.
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