Donating to TAF, Priority Points, Waiting List????
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Donating to TAF, Priority Points, Waiting List????
Posted by irvine555 on 3/4 at 11:50 am
Can someone give me a quick understanding of how the TAF contributions and Football waiting lists work?

Questions:
1. Do you need to have accumulated a certain amount of points to put your name on the waiting list?

2. Generally what level of ranking do you need to have to get picked?

3. If you do get picked and don't like the tix, can you say no and try again the following year?

4. If you do get picked, does it zero out your points and you have to start over?

5. What's the general price ranges (including TAF fee, etc.) for the upper decks, endzones, etc.?


Thanks....


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Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 3/4 at 11:56 am to irvine555
I've been dealing with this shite for 5 years and I still don't have a clue how it works.

I donate $100 to TAF every year and pay $10 to get on the waiting list.

I hear that's the best way to do it for the long run.



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Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 3/4 at 11:58 am to irvine555
quote:

1. Do you need to have accumulated a certain amount of points to put your name on the waiting list?

No, just pay the $10
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2. Generally what level of ranking do you need to have to get picked?

No idea.
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3. If you do get picked and don't like the tix, can you say no and try again the following year?

They offered me a single seat season ticket deal two years ago, but I declined.
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4. If you do get picked, does it zero out your points and you have to start over?

don't think so.
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5. What's the general price ranges (including TAF fee, etc.) for the upper decks, endzones, etc.?

not sure.



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Posted by irvine555 on 3/4 at 12:03 pm to Hugo Stiglitz
quote:

I've been dealing with this shite for 5 years and I still don't have a clue how it works.

I donate $100 to TAF every year and pay $10 to get on the waiting list.

I hear that's the best way to do it for the long run.


Hugo this is the exact same boat I'm in. I graduated in 2007 and have donated $100 every year, just trying to get an idea of how the system works.

Also I'm assuming your ranking applies to getting tix for all sports (football, baseball, etc.)



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Posted by Hugo Stiglitz on 3/4 at 12:06 pm to irvine555
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Also I'm assuming your ranking applies to getting tix for all sports (football, baseball, etc.)

I think it's just for football.

The $10 for the waiting list is a must and well worth it.

I've gotten tickets to at least five home games every year and access to purchase some away game tickets through the waiting list.



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Posted by Newbomb Turk on 3/4 at 12:08 pm to irvine555
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1. Do you need to have accumulated a certain amount of points to put your name on the waiting list?



No. As long as you have any sort of points you can be on the list.


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2. Generally what level of ranking do you need to have to get picked?


I've been giving for about 10 years both in terms of Tradition Fund (for 2 seats) and $100 for TAF. They really gear the whole system to "force" people to give the $100 as this generates the most bang for the buck, so to speak.

Given that, I usually get called and I'm offered 2 in the upper deck. A friend of mine with less than 1 point more than me got offered 2 in the South Endzone (right across the aisle from his other 2) two years ago. They called me later that same day and they only had singles in the SEZ and pairs in the West Uppers left.


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3. If you do get picked and don't like the tix, can you say no and try again the following year?


Absolutely. They give you a call when you're "up". They tell you what's available and you have the option to take or reject them. You can then just get on the waiting list the following year.

The only "disqualification rule" that I know of is that you can't add any more than 8 tickets TOTAL to one account. Although I'm not certain, I believe they limit you to adding 2 tickets per year.


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4. If you do get picked, does it zero out your points and you have to start over?


No. Your points last for 20 years on a rollover basis.


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5. What's the general price ranges (including TAF fee, etc.) for the upper decks, endzones, etc.?


Endzones are $210 Tradition Fee donation (ticket prices vary by game/season but probably average about $60 each) per seat. This is typically the best you'll be offered as the TAF will scoop up the sideline tickets for bigger donations to the TAF.

The only exception are tickets in the first 5 rows of the sidelines. Those often come up as people will buy them one year and get rid of them the next because they SUCK and you can't see sh!t.

I'm sure someone has the donations levels for the upper decks, but generally I believe they run anywhere from $0 to $1,500 (not including suites and club seating). For "average" upper deck seats, they are generally $50-150.




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Posted by Tigersomething on 3/4 at 12:11 pm to irvine555
TAF lifetime donation points are utilized for the distribution of new tickets. your $100.00 per year donation nets you 0.1 pts + 3 bonus points.

For instance, if you donate every year for 5 years at 100.00, you will have earned 15.5 points.

Season tickets are distributed on priority basis. As you can imagine, not many tickets ever come up for sale - with reneway rates often over 95%. In the past few years, you needed to have a priority number in the 3-4000 range to get tickes(i think).

You can always call TAF and ask how much money to donate in order to get to the point where you SHOULD get a ticket or tickets. The best time to call is late March, since the cutoff is March 31.

In 2014, there will be many tickets availible with the opening of the south end zone expansion, so you have 13 months to get your priority total where it needs to be.



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Posted by Newbomb Turk on 3/4 at 12:20 pm to Tigersomething
2012 Tradition Fund chart --




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Posted by Hermit Crab on 3/4 at 12:27 pm to irvine555
Last year I was ranked in the upper 3000s (philanthropic points) and got offered up to 4 season tickets in the south endzone but none would be next to each other. I think my point total was around 24 points at the time.

eta: been donating about $100 since 2006 with a few of those years getting an extra bonus point for collegiate club membership


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Posted by schexyoung on 3/4 at 12:35 pm to Newbomb Turk
The seats under the north scoreboard should be annexed from the student allocation.


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Posted by Signature on 3/4 at 12:36 pm to irvine555
quote:

1. Do you need to have accumulated a certain amount of points to put your name on the waiting list?


Technically, no.

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2. Generally what level of ranking do you need to have to get picked?



I'd say you better be making a $5k contribution before having a chance. (If you have accumulated no points prior to)

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3. If you do get picked and don't like the tix, can you say no and try again the following year?



Without a doubt.

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4. If you do get picked, does it zero out your points and you have to start over?



Not a chance.

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5. What's the general price ranges (including TAF fee, etc.) for the upper decks, endzones, etc.?


The chart above helps here.


The $5k donation racks up quite a bit of bonus points so that would help. I've been donating since 2003(never less than $100 and not less then $1k in the last three years). I can attest that it's vital to start the $100 and get the easy points early. Those points really start to add up ten years later.



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Posted by Sev09 on 3/4 at 12:40 pm to Hermit Crab
I have another question. Do the Student Priority Points that you save up over your college career rollover into TAF points? Or is that completely unrelated?


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Posted by Signature on 3/4 at 12:40 pm to Sev09
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I have another question. Do the Student Priority Points that you save up over your college career rollover into TAF points? Or is that completely unrelated?



Yes.



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Posted by Newbomb Turk on 3/4 at 12:50 pm to Sev09
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I have another question. Do the Student Priority Points that you save up over your college career rollover into TAF points? Or is that completely unrelated?


You keep all accumulated points for 20 years. After 20 years, points will be rolled off.

So, if you have 100 points in 2024, and 5 of those points came in 2004, then you lose 5 points. Of course, you'll get the opportunity to "buy" those 5 points back. But, basically, you'll theoretically max out in 2024 unless you up your donation levels.



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Posted by Hermit Crab on 3/4 at 12:51 pm to schexyoung
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The seats under the north scoreboard should be annexed from the student allocation.


if the students had assigned seats and sat in them then that section would be full. since they don't have assigned seats they tend to pack in the lower rows much more tightly than they should. There would probably be a fire code violation if the same number of students came in but didn't have access to the full student section as it is now.



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Posted by txtiger21 on 3/4 at 1:07 pm to Signature
quote:

I have another question. Do the Student Priority Points that you save up over your college career rollover into TAF points? Or is that completely unrelated?


Yes.


Don't confuse student priority points (ones used to get student away game tickets) with TAF priority points though. As a student you can join the TAF collegiate club for $10 and get 1 priority point. The student priority points you get for going to the games are only for student tickets.



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Posted by txtiger21 on 3/4 at 1:09 pm to txtiger21
And as a side note: does anyone know about how many points it takes to get the philanthropic ranking around 3000? 4000?


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Posted by Bubba Bexley on 3/4 at 1:13 pm to txtiger21
20 - 30 range.


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Posted by Signature on 3/4 at 1:13 pm to txtiger21
I have no idea... but I'll throw a guess out there.

I'd say listen to Bubba


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Posted by Signature on 3/4 at 1:14 pm to Bubba Bexley
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20 - 30 range.




We are way off of each others numbers...



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