I’m the first season ticket holder!

OK, probably not, but I’m definitely one of the first:

At 8:30 AM this morning I logged into the CalBears website (I tried at 8:29 and it wouldn’t let me) and renewed my 5 football season-tickets and added 1 additional seat.  After I wrote in my special instructions on where to add my new seat I clicked the button at the bottom of the form titled “piss and moan like an impotent jerk and then take it up the tailpipe”.  I was in and out in 10 minutes. and had recieved the confirmation e-mail within 5 additional minutes.

I am now an official 2007 Cal Bears football season ticket holder.  (and the crowd goes wild!)

For those of you who wonder why the “submit” button has been relabeled to something with a tailpipe, it’s because of the continued increased prices.  Up until last season, not a single game was as expensive as every game this year.  The top price was the Big Game at $50.  This year every game except two are $51.  And before you get your hopes up, those two games are the Tennessee and USC games which were $66 each.  Thankfully the tailpipe for reserved season tickets was not as big/long as the one for general admission.  There’s no way I would pay half of reserved to sit in the endzone and fight over bench space.

The good news is that the $50 “stadium renovation fee” was removed so the actual ticket price was less than last year.  However, there’s another reason for that: Stanford.

You may have seen this on another blog, but part of the renewal packet announced that they had not reached an agreement with Stanford as to what to do for the Big Game now that Stanford stadium is too small for all of both Cal and Stanford’s season ticket holders.  Everyone had assumed that they would announce the priority/lottery system that would be used as a part of season-ticket renewals.  Unfortunately it was not.

So that means not only am I still in the dark as to whether I’ll have a shot at getting tickets, I’m also in for another $60 (or more) per seat on those tickets if I can even get them.  My boys have been to every Big Game of their lives (6 games cumulatively for my 2 and 3 1/2 year olds) and it’s VERY important to me that they go every year until they should be paying for themselves.  At that point, I’ll have done my duty as a father.

Despite those grumblings, I’ve very excited to be the first 2007 season ticket holder.  I’d like to thank my wife for supporting me even when I seemed crazy; my Mom and Dad for taking me to Lair of the Bear, the official Cal alumni summer camp, every year of my childhood; by brother for always coming to the games and helping with the boys.  It’s a real honor to be the first 2007 ticket holder.  Thank you all!


2 Responses to “I’m the first season ticket holder!”

  1. Dale Price Says:

    Ouch–yep, fans are the first to pay for success in every sport.

    But ensuring the tradition gets passed on requires its sacrifices. Would that it didn’t lighten the wallet so much.

    Congrats on the tickets, though–it’s a storied program and your kids will never forget those moments.

  2. Seth Says:

    Great news Ken! Congrats! Hey are you going to that event on Monday where coach Tedford is going to announce the class at some hotel?