Tide Totals FAQ
Q: Will the new Tide Totals points program affect anyone's TIDE PRIDE season ticket locations in Bryant-Denny Stadium?
A: No. There will not be an overhaul of anyone's home game season ticket locations or amenities. The per-seat, per-year donation concept of TIDE PRIDE will remain the same. This is not to say that there won't be occasional changes in the seating structure, price levels, or amenities of the TIDE PRIDE program, but any such changes will not be due to the new Tide Totals points program.
Q: So, for what will the new Tide Totals points program be used? And when will it start?
A: Tide Totals will primarily be used to determine priority for football road game tickets and post-season tickets for football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, and gymnastics. (Please refer to page 4 to see how your points will be accumulated.) It will also be used to prioritize those who have requested changes in their season ticket locations. The Tide Totals points program will officially begin on February 1, 2006.
Q: I've read how the points are accumulated. Could you elaborate on this?
A: Longevity in TIDE PRIDE and total donations to TIDE PRIDE and the Crimson Tide Foundation (formerly known as the Crimson Tradition Fund) will be the primary two categories considered when one's points are calculated. The one-time 50 bonus points further reward those who have maintained TIDE PRIDE membership continuously since 1988 for football and 1998 for basketball. As well, for those charter members who entered TIDE PRIDE football as a member of one of the four designated categories, a one-time award of 50 additional points will be made.
Q: Why is it necessary to have a points program? What's wrong with the way road game and post-season tickets have been distributed in the past?
A: There are two primary reasons the Tide Totals points program is being implemented. First, the Athletics Department's current allotments of football road game tickets cannot accommodate the current TIDE PRIDE members who for years have been guaranteed road game tickets - Ivory Club members, Skybox holders, and Scholarship Club members. With the upcoming addition of 38 skyboxes and 1,600 club seats in the Bryant-Denny Stadium north end zone, there are simply not enough road game tickets to be distributed to all those who have been receiving them, in addition to the patrons who will be occupying the new club seats and leasing the new skyboxes. Therefore, a new way to distribute road game tickets is needed. (The allocation of SEC Championship Game and bowl game tickets will also be determined by the Tide Totals points program.)
Q: What's the second reason for implementing a points program?
A: Since the beginning of the Crimson Tradition Fund (now incorporated into the Crimson Tide Foundation), a mechanism has been needed to reward those who have made donations to the Crimson Tide Foundation, over and above any donations to TIDE PRIDE. Under the current program, one could donate a sizeable gift to the Athletics Department's ongoing capital campaign, yet not be able to order any road game tickets because the TIDE PRIDE club in which he or she is a member does not have the priority to order road game tickets. Allowing Crimson Tide Foundation donations to earn points will enhance a donor's ability to order and receive road game tickets and post-season tickets.
Q: Does this mean that Ivory Club members, Skybox holders, and Scholarship Club members will no longer be guaranteed road game tickets?
A: Yes. No longer will they be guaranteed road game tickets. However, most of these members' previous donations and their ticket-buying history will most likely earn them enough points to continue ordering and receiving road game tickets.
Q: Based on this same thought, does this mean that in basketball, members of the Full Court Club, Baseline Club, and Shooter Club are no longer guaranteed SEC or NCAA tournament tickets?
A: Yes. No longer will they be guaranteed SEC or NCAA tournament tickets. The opportunity to order and receive these post-season tickets will be based upon one's points as compared to all basketball season ticket holders who have also ordered such tickets. However, most of these members' previous donations and ticket-buying history will most likely earn them enough points to continue ordering and receiving SEC or NCAA tournament tickets.
Q: So, back to football. What happens to all those road game tickets that are no longer guaranteed to members of these clubs?
A: The number of tickets the Athletics Department receives to each road game won't change, but the way these tickets are distributed will change. One such way is that the Tide Totals points program may, for the first time, offer other TIDE PRIDE members an opportunity to order and receive road game tickets. Furthermore, donations to the Crimson Tide Foundation (over and above any TIDE PRIDE donations) will allow someone to work their way up the points "ladder" to enhance their chances of ordering and receiving road game tickets. For example, patrons who have been willing to upgrade to a higher club in order to receive road game tickets - but haven't done so because they didn't want to give up the locations of their home game season tickets - can now stay in their seats and improve their chances of receiving road game tickets by contributing to the Crimson Tide Foundation (over and above their TIDE PRIDE donation.)
Q: Yes, I do want to move up the Tide Totals points "ladder" by donating to the Crimson Tide Foundation. In what ways can I do this?
A: All gifts of all sizes impact the lives of our student-athletes. You may, of course, make gifts at any time to the Crimson Tide Foundation by check, credit card, or over time. (Only gifts actually received will count toward a donor's points total.) You may also consider gifts of securities, personal or real property, irrevocable estate gifts, and gifts-in-kind. As well, many "naming opportunities" are available throughout our new and existing athletic facilities. If you're interested in supporting University of Alabama athletics through the Crimson Tide Foundation, please contact the Athletic Development Office at 205/348-9727 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Once everyone's points are calculated, how will I know if my points total has earned me the opportunity to order road game tickets?
A: Not until your football ticket order form is available in March (either on-line or by hard copy) will you know if you can order road game tickets. Even then, the ability to order tickets doesn't guarantee that you will receive the tickets. Here's how the process will work: Tide Totals will be calculated as soon as possible after the February 1 deadline, establishing a top-to-bottom points order for all season ticket holders. Within this listing of every season ticket holder, several ranges of points will be determined. Based on the number of tickets the Athletics Department receives to each road game, as well as the projected demand for tickets to each road game based upon historical data, it will be determined which ranges will be offered road game tickets and how many tickets will be offered to each range for each road game. Only football season ticket holders will receive an order form, on which will be imprinted your points total. On this order form, you will order your home game season tickets, as well as any road game tickets offered based upon the pre-determined ranges.
Q: So, how do you know how far down the line a road game ticket will go?
A: As in years past, it is impossible to predict exact ticket demand for any particular road game. Historical ordering data certainly helps, as well as the magnitude of the particular road game. Historically, the Athletics Department has been conservative in estimating road game ticket demand by restricting ordering capabilities on the front end; then, in the event of a ticket surplus, offering tickets to the next TIDE PRIDE priority. As mentioned in the previous question, the ability to order tickets to any road game does not guarantee one's ability to receive the tickets; therefore, the possibilities of refunds always exist.
Q: So, how many points will I need to receive those coveted road game tickets?
A: This, too, is impossible to answer. The number of points needed to receive any road game ticket is a moving target based on many factors, including: 1) the number of tickets the Athletics Department receives to the road game; 2) the demand for tickets to the road game; and 3) the number of points you have in comparison to all others who have also ordered tickets to that road game. Since the Tide Totals points program is new, it will take at least two years to establish any sort of historical allocation patterns. Even with this data, the number of points needed to receive any road game ticket in any particular season will always be a moving target since patrons can continually enhance their position in the Tide Totals points program by donating to the Crimson Tide Foundation, over and above their annual TIDE PRIDE donations.
Q: I'm a Century Club member and I've never been able to order road game tickets. Actually, going to road games really doesn't interest me; I just want to order my home game season tickets each year. How will the Tide Totals points program affect me?
A: You'll probably never notice a difference. As a matter of fact, you fall in the approximate 80 percent of TIDE PRIDE members whose priority has not provided an opportunity to order road game tickets. Even though the Tide Totals points program may give some of these patrons the ability to order road game tickets for the first time, for most of them no differences will be noticed. One way, however, that your points total would be used is if you make a seat change request concerning your home game season tickets. All patrons making such requests will be prioritized in points order within their appropriate TIDE PRIDE club, and such requests will be considered thusly.
Q: I'm not a football season ticket holder, but I do have TIDE PRIDE season tickets in basketball. As well, I'm a season ticket holder in gymnastics and softball. How will my points benefit me?
A: There are a couple of ways in which your points will come into play in the sports in which you do have season tickets. First, if you have season ticket seat change requests in these sports, such requests will be prioritized in points order with others who are also making requests. Second, if you want to order post-season tickets in these sports, your post-season ticket orders will be considered in points order with others who have also ordered post-season tickets.
Q: I'm a Faculty/Staff member and my next-door neighbor is a Football Letterman. We've both been ordering season football tickets for years within those two priorities. Will we accumulate points, and if so, what will our points mean to us?
A: Because you and your neighbor are football season ticket holders, each of you will receive one point for each season to which you've ordered season tickets (since 1988). However, because the Faculty/Staff and Football Letterman priorities have opportunities to order road game tickets separately from any TIDE PRIDE priority, any points that you and your neighbor have accumulated (or will accumulate) will not be applied toward your Faculty/Staff and Football Letterman road game ticket priority. (Of course, you and your neighbor must order your season tickets in order to make requests for road game tickets.) So, in answer to your question, you and your neighbor will accumulate points, but these points will not apply toward your road game ticket priority. And since your priority within the Faculty/Staff priority is determined by your service date at the University, and your neighbor's priority within the Football Letterman priority is determined by his last year lettered, each of you are subject to refunds in the event that demand exceeds the pre-determined supply for any particular road game.
Q: Several references have been made to the "February 1 deadline." Exactly what is this deadline for, and just how important is it?
A: Since Tide Totals will be calculated only once per year, the February 1 deadline is especially critical for TIDE PRIDE football season ticket holders who are wanting that season's TIDE PRIDE donation to count toward their Tide Totals and therefore toward their ability to order road game tickets. Only donations made by 5:00 p.m. on February 1 or postmarked by January 25 will count toward one's points for the upcoming football season. Obviously all other criteria up to that time will have already been included in determining one's points total, such as longevity in TIDE PRIDE, cumulative TIDE PRIDE donations, Crimson Tide Foundation donations, etc. It is important to note that any donations made after the February 1 deadline will count toward one's points total, but not for the upcoming football season. For TIDE PRIDE members on the installment payment plan, only those payments made by the February 1 deadline will count toward their points total for the upcoming football season. Any payments made after February 1 will count toward the following football season (nineteen months away) rather than the upcoming football season (seven months away).
Q: If I have any questions about the Tide Totals points program, who should I contact?
A: Staff members from the TIDE PRIDE Office (205/348-6113; email@example.com) and the Athletic Ticket Office (205/348-2262; firstname.lastname@example.org) are available to answer your questions. Anyone with questions regarding gifts to the Crimson Tide Foundation should contact the Athletic Development Office at 205/348-9727 or e-mail to email@example.com. (As well, this entire booklet is available on-line at www.rolltide.com.) Due to the expected number of initial calls and e-mails, please allow ample time for response.