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The pros and cons of buying season tickets, Jimmy Lake’s recruiting, the spread vs. UCLA: Washington mailbag


SEATTLE — After Washington’s dominant victory over BYE, we dive back into the mailbag.

I’ve had season tickets since graduating in 2016 and usually attend 3-4 games per year. Usually I can recoup a good chunk of my cost in those other 2-4 games, but this year is a very different story. What are some good reasons as to why I should renew my season tickets for next year, when I could just a pay a fraction of the cost to go to the same amount of games? — Cole B.

Honest question: Are there any good reasons for anybody to buy season tickets at any school anymore?

My dad actually faced this conundrum about seven years ago. He had held his tickets for 30-plus years and had again renewed for the 2013 season, UW’s first in the renovated Husky Stadium. But after going to all the games that year, he came to the realization that it just wasn’t the same. For one, he’d been priced out of his old seats, forced to settle for the upper 300 level after three decades in the lower bowl. My parents live a good two-and-a-half hours from the stadium, so all those late kickoffs meant arriving home well after midnight. Half of UW’s home games in a given year might be against cupcake nonconference opponents. You can watch every game on television. And if there was a big game he really wanted to attend, he could always find a reasonably priced ticket on the secondary market.

The list of cons was a long one. The list of pros was basically one item: This is something I’ve always done, a tradition I’m not certain I want to abandon. He decided to pull the plug and, to my knowledge, hasn’t regretted it a bit. A lot of folks, I’d imagine, have made similar decisions as college football inventory has become so plentiful on their television screens.





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