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Improved competition is often times a higher price to pay.

Wichita State accepted a move to leave the Missouri Valley Conference for the American Athletic Conference early Friday morning. Wichita State will effectively join July 1, 2017.

On the basketball court, they’ll see Southern Methodist, Connecticut, Houston and Cincinnati — a step up from the Missouri Valley’s level of competition that has continued to fall since the departure of Creighton who left for the Big East in 2013.

“The entertainment value should be through the roof,” said Gregg Marshall, Wichita State men’s basketball coach.

With the change comes added expenses, including travel to areas of Florida, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, among others. Wichita State Athletic Director Darron Boatright said the upward trajectory of the athletic department will changes, monetarily will be shared by many.

“Ticket prices are going to increase,” Boatright said Friday. “I feel confident saying prices will change.”

The athletic department will evaluate ticket expenses in the summer, but Boatright said he expects the improved level of competition to drive up demand and with that, cost.

“Absolutely, they’re going to increase,” he said.

The costs will mainly be used for added travel expenses, Boatright confirmed.

Wichita State President John Bardo said Friday he was not sure whether the conference move would change student fees or tuition.

“I have no idea,” he said. “It’s all going to have to be looked at.”

Season tickets to men’s basketball costed more than $390 each for the 2016-17 season after a donation to the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization of more than $230, per season, was paid.

4 Comments

4 Responses to “Wichita State ticket prices expected to increase with AAC move”

  1. A concerned student on April 7th, 2017 9:07 pm

    I’m curious to see if or how this move hurts the other athletes on campus, specifically Volleyball.

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  2. Sheryl Davis on April 10th, 2017 3:46 pm

    Our Iowa State family attends women’s basketball regularly because men’s prices are so high. This may help other sports

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  3. Education is also cool on April 11th, 2017 12:26 am

    When John Bardo was like, “I don’t know, it’s all gonna have to be looked at…

    What John Bardo actually meant was, “Hell yes, all you suckas! Mo’ money in my deep pockets.”

    Tuition will rise. Tickets will rise. Student “fees” will all rise. John Bardo is ecstatic because he can finally get some hearing aids.

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  4. A student on April 14th, 2017 6:56 am

    Does that mean less seating for students so there will be more season tickets to sell.

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