Sunday, July 26, 2009


Point System

SJU Athletics will use a point system to prioritize ticket purchasing opportunities and seat locations for all season ticket holders. A point system is a common mechanism used around the country to determine ticket purchasing and seat location priorities for collegiate athletics events.

Points will be calculated based on the following six (6) categories:

• Number of years as a season ticket holder
(300 points per year)
• Overall Lifetime donations to the University
(1 point per $1 donated)
• Donations to Athletics in Fiscal Year 2009 – June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009
(1 point per $1 donated)
• Donations to the University in Fiscal Year 2009 – June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2009
(1 point per $1 donated)
• Number of season tickets purchased for the 2008- 09 season
(300 points per ticket)
• Alumni of SJU
(500 points per degree – maximum of 1500 points
per household)

The above categories will determine the total number of points each season ticket holder has accrued, and thus, the priority for choosing one’s seats.

All season ticket holders will be ranked in descending order starting with the individual with the highest number of points. As we move down the point list, season ticket holders will be given the opportunity to select and purchase their seats according to their ranking. In keeping with the point system, season ticket holders will have the opportunity to select their seats at the Palestra when it is their turn. If you have questions or would like to discuss the seating program, please contact Nino Vanin at to schedule a telephone or personal appointment.


As a new era of Saint Joseph’s University Basketball begins, we are excited to share with you the opening of the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena. This season also marks the beginning of a new seating program for Men’s Basketball, whereby SJU Athletics will establish a fair, transparent and consistent seat location procedure for all home games (including those at the Palestra).
The seating program will be a way to express our gratitude to those investors who make contributions in many ways to the success of Saint Joseph’s and the athletic department.

Your important contributions will continue to generate the incremental revenues which assist in the operation of Hagan Arena and, subsequently, the funding of our broad-based athletics program. Included on the following page is a diagram of Hagan Arena, which will provide you with a visual representation of the Arena Seating Program. With the exception of seats in Sections 216, 217 and 218, seats in all sections of the arena will now require an annual
donation in addition to the season ticket price.

The Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena will not only provide lifelong memories for those student-athletes who compete on the court, but for all those off the court, as well. We are grateful for your support of Hawk Athletics, and look forward to seeing you and your family at the Hagan Arena for years to come.

Seating Program Basics

In recognition of individuals who have consistently supported Saint Joseph’s University, season ticket holders who have supported the university in five of the last seven fiscal years will have the opportunity to renew their current season tickets without going through the seat selection process, if they agree to the following:

• Committing to maintaining and/or increasing one’s current level of support to SJU Athletics for three years (current level of support must fulfill seat level donation associated with one’s
respective seat location).

• If current level of support to athletics does not fulfill seat level donation necessary, individuals must increase their support to that level for the three-year commitment.
• Season ticket holders who qualify for this opportunity will keep the same number of current season tickets in the same location. Individuals interested in changing the location and/or number of season tickets will participate in the seat selection process.
• For games at the Palestra, all season ticket holders will receive a comparable seat location.

For individuals who do not meet the above-listed criteria, the seating program will require season ticket holders to make an annual donation to SJU Athletics
, in addition to purchasing a season ticket. The donation amount will depend on the location of your seats. With the exception of seats in Sections 216, 217 and 218, seats in all sections of the arena will require an annual donation. The annual donation amount per seat will remain consistent for three years (through the 2011-12 season) for those season ticketholders who agree to the initial three-year commitment. This three-year commitment will also insure that you keep the same
seats for those three years.

At the time of this publication, 80% of the donation made through a university seating program is deductible as a charitable contribution as stated by IRS Rules & Regulations. Please consult
your tax advisor annually.

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