Luxury seating in the Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields Bobcat Stadium West Side Complex has sold out this footbal season, which officials attribute to the football team’s increasing recognition.
Justin Reckenwald, Bobcat Club major gifts officer, said Texas State entering the Sun Belt Conference has helped bring a brighter light to the football team and as a result, helped sell more luxury seating. Steven Kenney, assistant director of development for Bobcat Club, said options for luxury seating at the football games are designated as the Champions Club and Legacy Suites, both of which range in prices.
The Champions Club has nine sections, 450 seats and is located outdoors. The Legacy Suites seating is made up of private rooms located on the sixth floor of the West Side Complex of Bobcat Stadium.
Josh Whittenburg, director of the Bobcat Club, said luxury seating has a three-year contract, and he is expecting several existing contracts to expire by next season. Whittenburg said the current waiting list has 200 individuals who have shown an interest in purchasing luxury suites.
Whittenburg said the luxury seating contracts are spread out over time to ensure not all will end at the same time. The current seat holders have first priority regarding whether to renew their contracts.
“In theory, every year someone’s contract is ending, and in theory, every year somebody could choose to not make those seats available for the wait list,” Whittenburg said.
Kenney said the organization uses a priority point system to monitor a member’s history with the university if they are season ticket holders and have previously donated to the club.
“In essence, what it does is reward those individuals that support our program either through season tickets or through donations to the Bobcat Club,” Reckenwald said. “So what will happen is if they purchase season tickets and/or make a donation towards that Bobcat Club, then they will aquire what we call ‘priority points.’”
Kenney said the Champions Club consists of platinum and gold level seating with three center sections between both the 40-yard lines with an annual cost of $2,000 per seat. The gold seating consists of anything outside the 40-yard line with an annual cost of $1,500 per seat. The Champions Club allows members to converse in a communal air-conditioned room located above their seats on the fifth floor of the Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields West Side Complex.
Whittenburg said the cost of gold and platinum member fees for the Champions Club allows members to have golden name plates inscribed with their names on seats. They are also provided buffet-style meal and non-alcoholic drinks during the game. Other amenities for the Champions Club include a cash bar, bar seating, couches and 15-inch televisions located in the communal space, he said.
“There’s everything from a carving station to hamburgers and hotdogs to popcorn,” Whittenburg said.
Kenney said Legacy Suites cost $30,000 per room and can hold 16 individuals. Each suite includes 12 stadium-style seats, four bar stools, a retractable window and is 450 square feet. Kenney said there are 15 suites, including ones for University President Denise Trauth and Athletic Director Larry Teis.
“The athletic director’s suite is the same size as all the other suites but Trauth’s is double the size just so she can entertain prospective donors or Board of Regents members,” Whittenburg said.
Whittenburg said individuals with Legacy Suites are given menus for food during the game and have a private selection of beer, wine and liquor. He said all the suites have a plaque outside the room announcing the names of the company or family who purchased seats in the room. The president and athletic director’s suites are the only ones with private restrooms. The other 13 suites use a communal restroom located in the hallway, he said.