Some people considered it BIG news, and it is, but it really shouldn’t have come as a BIG surprise — THE BLOCK OF 4000 TICKETS SET ASIDE FOR UofG STUDENTS SOLD OUT IN LESS THAN 4 HOURS!! I mean, it happens every year. The $15 Student tickets are not available online, so Guelph students line up by the thousands for Homecoming tickets. UofG students are admitted to the other three homes games by simply swiping their student card at the gate.
I can also tell you what will happen next … students who didn’t get a $15 Student ticket will start buying up the $25 Adult tickets. The game will sell out several days in advance. That always results in some disappointed fans, including alumni and parents who had good intentions but didn’t buy tickets early enough. UofG Homecoming tickets will then sell on Kijiji and other sites for up to $50.
As of this morning $25 Adult tickets are still available online. [I just bought mine a few minutes ago.] Or, at any of the four Meridian Credit Union locations in Guelph – 1) Clair Rd E at Gordon St; 2) 370 Stone Rd W; 3) 200 Speedvale Ave W or 4) 153 Wyndham St N. By the way I’m very glad to see Meridian CU among the new sponsors of Gryphon Football/Gryphon Athletics. For decades Meridian, originally Niagara Credit Union, has been the largest credit union in Ontario. Back in the day Meridian/NCU was one of my earliest and steadiest customers when I was in the data processing/direct mail business.
The demand for Guelph Homecoming tickets is a very good thing. The fact that UofG students will pay for their tickets while other schools fill their student sections at Homecoming games with zero dollar “butts” is something to be proud of. The price of a general admission HC ticket at Guelph has risen from $10 to $25 in the past five years without a let-up in demand, another good sign. Consider the revenue that a Gryphon Football Homecoming game provides:
4,000 Students at $15 = $60,000
6,000 Gen Admission at $25 = $150,000
Total Revenue $210,000
That is a lot of money for any CIS Athletic Department not located in Quebec City. And it only happens with football.
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Speaking of tickets, this week’s game in Ottawa should be a good one. No doubt the resurgent uOttawa squad would like to prove they are a real OUA contender by upsetting the Gryphons. Guelph needs to prove they can beat a solid opponent on the road. GeeGees Field has a capacity of only 4,100. There will be a Buffet-style breakfast & Pre-game Reception for UofG alumni and fans at the Draft Pub, 801 King Edward Ave. There are access and parking problems at the stadium but attendees at the reception don’t need to worry as there will be shuttle bus transportation to and from the game. On-line ticket sales for the pre-game event closed yesterday, so your best bet might be to contact Christine Couture in Alumni Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In some surprising news our Homecoming opponent, the Queen’s Golden Gaels, have forfeited their season opening win versus the Windsor Lancers. The Gaels apparently used an academically ineligible player in their first two games. They lost their second game to the Ottawa GeeGees so that result remains unchanged. The Gaels will desperately need a win against the Gryphons on Sept. 20 to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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Homecoming weekend will also see the induction of three athletes into the Gryphon Sports Hall of Fame. One of them will be Gryphon wide receiver Dan Tocher. Tocher teamed up with All Canadian QB Mike Shoemaker to set some long-standing records. He is currently living in Calgary, AB where he is a Senior Principal Consultant at Professional Stakeholder Engagement Inc..
From the gryphons.ca announcement:
Dan Tocher, a Gryphon receiver from 1986-1990, will go down as one of the first-ever premier receivers to suit up for Guelph. He was named a CIAU All-Canadian in 1989 and OUAA first team All-Star in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Tocher led the OUAA from 1987-1990 in single game reception stats and set an OUAA record at that time for receptions in a career with a total of 146 when he graduated in 1990. He currently sits second overall in Gryphon football career receiving yards with a total of 2019 yards on 146 receptions, scoring 11 touchdowns. After breaking numerous school records, he was also named a member of the 1980’s Gryphon Football Team of the Decade.
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In case you missed the broadcast on cable TV here is this week’s Krown U Countdown: