STEP UPDATE: March 30

There are still 16,204 seats available as of tonight at 10PM.  There was little movement in the overall numbers this week, with a shift from lower donation levels to higher donation levels.  This is to be expected since only NLC members with a lot of points can pick right now.  They are the ones that presumably want to improve their seat location or add seats to their account, and can afford to do so.

 Anne Danahy of the Centre Daily Times writes that ticket sales are down slightly.

Assistant Athletic Director Greg Myford said the Nittany Lion Club membership is just above the 20,000 mark so far. In 2011, there were 22,474 members, up from 21,577 in 2010.

Overall donations are up by $900,000 compared with last year for a total of $16.3 million, Myford said.

They can sugar coat the numbers all they want, but the reality is that there are about 4,000 more tickets available right now than there were in June at the end of the selection process last year.  Four thousand seats were given up.  All ticket holders have the option of retaining their seats, so even if they plan on moving up or down, their seats would not currently be listed as available.  And any move of equal seats from one giving level to another, wouldn’t change the total of available seats.  The only factors that could see that number decrease are if people decide to ADD seats to their current package, or new members who never had seats before choose later in the process.

You might think that $900,000 in higher donations would reflect a profit.  But if you do the math . . .  at $385 per seat for a season ticket, times 4000 empty seats . . .  that works out to $1.54 million dollars in lost revenue if those seats aren’t sold.  And that doesn’t include the extra donation level fees for those seats that are lost if they go unsold.  Obviously, for many of the more attractive games, e.g. Ohio State and Wisconsin, those seats will get sold individually with no problem, so the overall math is fuzzy at this point.

Anyway, here is the breakdown after a week of trading:
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SECTION Donation Seats Available Seats Available Seats Available Delta
6/8/2011 3/23/2012 3/30/2012
WB $400 232 270 275 5
WC $400 25 159 88 -71
WD 600-2000 41 180 145 -35
WE 600-2000 12 9 5 -4
WF 600-2000 37 200 142 -58
WG $400 18 143 106 -37
WH $400 302 339 371 32
WJ $100 6 131 55 -76
NA $100 18 172 163 -9
NB $100 38 200 195 -5
NC $100 40 207 229 22
ND $100 36 171 189 18
NE $100 48 193 199 6
NF $100 17 178 181 3
NG $100 35 176 188 12
NH $100 30 167 175 8
NJ $100 35 208 216 8
NK $100 36 173 205 32
NL $100 39 207 213 6
EJ $100 14 101 102 1
EH $400 518 428 434 6
EG $400 60 165 162 -3
EF 600-2000 73 182 134 -48
EE 600-2000 0 1 1 0
ED 600-2000 389 249 199 -50
EC $400 283 247 247 0
EB $400 148 108 92 -16
WBU $100 0 30 8 -22
WCU $400 477 581 585 4
WDU $600 652 721 727 6
WEU $600 303 361 368 7
WFU $600 596 708 723 15
WGU $400 318 489 491 2
WHU $100 1 102 48 -54
WJU $100 25 147 132 -15
NAU 100-400 48 111 93 -18
NBU $100 53 56 72 16
NCU 100-400 121 107 107 0
NDU 100-400 94 93 107 14
NEU 100-400 105 142 128 -14
NFU 100-400 40 82 90 8
NGU 100-400 65 80 94 14
NHU 100-400 78 51 53 2
NJU 100-400 126 113 111 -2
NKU $100 1 0 0 0
NLU 100-400 1 8 4 -4
EJU $100 31 265 309 44
EHU $100 9 138 126 -12
EGU $400 1067 1153 1198 45
EFU $600 882 985 1011 26
EEU $600 762 877 855 -22
EDU $600 1444 1422 1414 -8
ECU $400 1541 1526 1534 8
EBU $100 2 68 56 -12
SAU $100 88 117 115 -2
SBU $100 154 100 110 10
SCU $100 125 109 123 14
SDU $100 106 119 129 10
SEU $100 26 42 42 0
SFU $100 16 36 28 -8
SGU $100 17 57 51 -6
SHU $100 87 118 122 4
SJU $100 79 100 113 13
SKU $100 113 95 99 4
SLU $100 101 117 117 0
TOTAL 12284 16390 16204 -186 15%
100 2104 4887 4897 10 30.22%
400 4989 5608 5583 -25 34.45%
600+ 5191 5895 5724 -171 35.32%
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