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Boston College Football: Athletics Unveil New Pricing Structure/Policies For Shea Field Tailgating

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If you are a Shea Field tailgater, prepare to open up your wallet

One of the biggest points of contention in terms of BC gameday experience has been tailgating, or lack there of. Fans and donors have complained that it's too difficult, too short, and also too pricey. Well for those BC fans that tailgate on Shea Field, prepare for it to get even more pricey.

In an odd move, BC removed the price of Shea Field tailgating from their Flynn Fund website, instead replacing it with "contact the Flynn Fund". Clearly anyone who can use deductive logic, could figure out that this was not going to be a good change. After receiving emails from various fans complaining about the changes, this writer received an actual copy of the Flynn Fund explanation of the changes to Shea Field. They are the following:

  • $5,000 donation for a reserved spot on Shea Field. ($714 a game)
  • $2,500 donation for Gold Alumni (members who graduated in last ten years)
  • Donors will get 20 wristbands for each game. Anyone who doesn't have a wrist band will be denied admission to Shea.
  • If you receive a spot on Shea, you will receive a reserved spot.
Yup, that is a price increase of $800 for both young and old donors from 2014 to 2015. On one hand if the supply is there, BC can charge whatever they want, but on the other hand, it seems a bit much to increase the price that much. Also it's not being very appreciative of the loyal fans that dropped thousands of dollars to support this team when they were 2-10. Combining this week's after releasing the Notre Dame ticket donation structure that basically leaves out everyone that isn't a high priced donor, and well you might leave a bad taste in many fan's mouths.

To be fair, the reserved spot idea is not a bad one. This should hopefully alleviate the crazy rush that fans have when teh flood gates are opened. Also if two car loads of friends have $10,000 to spend, it would be nice for the two cars to be near each other and not have to worry about it.

And BC's reasoning for the wrist band system (that worked so beautifully during the USC game) is that they want to encourage a more family friendly environment. I guess I'm missing the logic there. All I see is that if I have a friend that is tailgating in Shea it will be either a) very difficult/inconvenient to visit them or b) impossible because they are out of wristbands.

Clearly other than for some hospitality tents and a few other minor improvements, from the previous regime to this nothing really has changed with tailgating at Boston College football games. The time is still way too short, the gameday staff is still grouchy, and now it's even more expensive. You would figure with parking lots three quarter empty that they may want to fix it. We the fans have made our voices heard at townhall meetings, emails and personal interactions, but have they all been pleaded on deaf ears?