Nonstudents pay to attend games


Nate Bottiger, Staff Writer

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is to continue charging noncampus spectators to wrestling matches and men’s and women’s basketball games.

It costs $4 for adults and $2 for high school students and students from other universities. Pitt-Johnstown students do not have to pay to attend as long as they have their issued I.D. cards.

Nothing has changed about this system thus far, but these admissions prices only apply to spectators who go to the wrestling matches and men’s and women’s basketball games.

Other sporting events on campus such as soccer, volleyball and track and field do not have admission charges in part due to logistics issues.

Assistant Athletic Director Amy Buxbaum said charging admission for soccer games would not be feasible due to the setting.

“We think basketball and wrestling have value, but we want to encourage as many people as possible to come.”

According to Buxbaum, revenue from the basketball games and wrestling matches goes into an athletic operating budget, which helps pay event staff.

The one sport that could possibly be feasible for admission charges is women’s volleyball, which is the only other sport that is played in Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.

Freshman volleyball player Alicia Anderson said the volleyball attendance is low compared with basketball and wrestling.

“I think they only charge for wrestling and basketball because those are the sports you will make more of a profit on.”

There is staff hired to keep books, work the scoreboard and officiate games, but Anderson said if volleyball were to be charged admission then attendance would go down.

On the contrary, volleyball player junior Lindsay Roush said charging admission for volleyball would be an efficient way of raising additional income for the Athletic Department.

Buxbaum said there has been no review as to whether spectators should be charged to see a volleyball match.

While she has played at the university, Roush said she has seen a steady increase in attendance at the games.

Roush said the prices are reasonable enough that the spectators would not mind paying to see the games.