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Blogging with BP: Aug. 8, 2013
Release: Wednesday 08/08/2013 


While there has been some grumblings about the increase in Bradley men's basketball season-ticket prices for the 2013-14 season, for the most part the price increases have been understood and accepted. And while I do not pretend the costs for season tickets for any major college or professional sport are inexpensive, I do believe Bradley's men's basketball tickets are fairly priced, but I concede that is an issue many find debatable. There is no debate, however, that Bradley offers a great number of family, price-friendly activities.

A great number of those activities became even more price friendly last week, thanks in large part to our friends from Ameren Illinois, which is sponsoring the Kids ActOnEnergy Little Braves Club this year. The first 500 children in eighth grade and younger to register will receive free membership in the Little Braves Club and tops among the many program benefits is free admission for all club members to Bradley regular-season home games in soccer, volleyball, women's basketball and baseball. It is unrealistic to expect that busy family schedules will allow anyone to attend every one of those games this year, but in the event a young person could achieve "perfect attendance" for every home game in those four sports, membership in the Little Braves Club would generate a savings of $165 per child (based on this year's fall schedules and last spring's baseball home slate).

And consider this for a family simply looking for one night out together: a family of four whose two children are Little Braves Club members can attend a Bradley Women's Basketball game for $16, a Bradley Soccer game for $15 and a Bradley Volleyball or Baseball game for $12. Even at full youth prices, those totals remain an affordable $24, $21 or $18. I just ran upstairs to check the concessions prices and no items in the Renaissance Coliseum concessions stands currently are priced at more than $3.50 (Dozer Park concessions are a bit more expensive), so it is perfectly reasonable for a family of four to attend any of roughly 50 Bradley sporting events during the 2013-14 season for less than $40. And I did not even mention, until now, that Bradley does not charge admission for home contests in cross country, softball or men's and women's tennis. Who doesn't like FREE?

I love going to the movies as much as the next person, but just for one simple comparison, a night out to Grand Prairie 18 for the latest family flic would run $32 in ticket prices and I would venture to guess four drinks and a tub of popcorn will push the total bill well over $40.

All of the ticket prices mentioned above pertain to the general public. But keep in mind, Bradley provides free admission to soccer, volleyball and baseball games for all Bradley University employees and their immediate families, as well as half-priced tickets to men's and women's basketball games. Active members of the military and their immediate families also receive free admission to all regular-season home games for Bradley soccer, volleyball, women's basketball and baseball.

There is one creative approach to even less expensive tickets for all Bradley Athletics events, men's basketball games included. Working with Group Sales Coordinator Joe Dolan in the Bradley Athletics Ticket Office any group of at least 15 may purchase significantly discounted tickets to any Bradley regular-season home contest. There is nothing in the rules that states a group must be officially-licensed by some group regulator and I realize it might take some leg work to organize a group outing, but if you really want to work for the discount, gather your friends together and come see us at Shea Stadium, Renaissance Coliseum, Carver Arena, Dozer Park, Bradley Park, the Markin Tennis Courts, Detweiller Park or Newman Golf Course this year.

The 2013-14 season fires up Aug. 30 when the Bradley Soccer team hosts Evansville, Massachusetts and New Hampshire in The Hotels at Grand Prairie Classic at Shea Stadium and the Braves Volleyball team simultaneously hosts 28-game winner Maryland-Eastern Shore, Tennessee-Martin and Western Illinois in the CEFCU Classic at Renaissance Coliseum.

Blogging with BP
Aug. 7, 2013:  Recapping the Bahamas Preview Luncheon and Scrimmage
Aug. 6, 2013:  Check out the Bradley Team Store
Aug. 5, 2013:  Introduction and Bahamas Preview

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