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To watch new head coach Shaka Smart and his signature “havoc” style of play, it is going to cost a little bit more. All basketball season tickets have risen by an average of 7 percent with this latest price increase.

Consistent with the 6-percent pricing increase at the Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for football season tickets, the biggest increase in prices will be for those at center court. Seats in these sections will cost $715 for renewing ticket holders and $750 for new customers, in addition to a contribution of at least $2,500 to the Longhorn Foundation.

“What we’re trying to become is consistent across all our sports,” Steve Hank, Texas’ senior associate athletic director and chief revenue officer, said to the Austin American-Statesman.

As the seats become less desirable, the prices become cheaper. A person can pay $485 without a contribution to sit in the lower bowl and $465 after contribution to renew upper-deck seats near midcourt.

“In the areas where we have the greatest demand, we are asking those who have the most valuable seat locations to invest accordingly,” Hank said to the Statesman.

While there is a significant hike in prices for better seats, Texas will also offer a new entry-level season ticket in the upper deck behind the baskets for $99 without a contribution. This is similar to the $199 option in the top deck of the north endzone for football games.

Although there are new contribution requirements, longtime season ticket holders locked into a lower contribution requirement will be grandfathered in. 

Last year, Texas averaged more than 11,000 fans a game, as athletic director Steve Patterson made significant efforts to improve the atmosphere at the Frank Erwin Center. 

Parking is not included with the season tickets and is available for purchase only for Longhorn Foundation members with annual contributions of at least $50. 

The deadline to order is May 21 and can be done at TexasSports.com/mbbtickets, where there are also specifics ticket prices and contributions for all sections.

Parking options for UT home football games remain limited for students and the general public, but Parking and Transportation Services has strategies in place to ensure parking is available for concerts, lectures and other events on campus.

The Longhorn Foundation controls most of the game-day parking near Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, according to TexasSports. The foundation allocates spaces to donors based on annual contributions to the foundation and donors’ parking preferences.

Marsha Beckermann, UT development manager for athletics, said although the general public cannot use Longhorn Foundation parking, they may use alternatives such as the Longhorns Express, a shuttle that picks up attendees from Barton Creek Mall and UT Intramural Fields for a roundtrip fee of $9.

“We’re encouraging more and more people to take alternative transportation on game day,” Beckermann said.

UT parking permit-holders may park in Guadalupe, San Antonio and 27th Street garages for no additional charge on game days, according to Parking and Transportation Services.

PTS also designates game-day parking for students with valid parking permits in lots east of Interstate 35.

Parking is available to the general public on game days for $15 in San Antonio, AT&T Conference Center, Guadalupe, 27th Street and Speedway garages, as well as various lots near West Dean Keeton Street and West 27th Street.

Linsey Duett, PTS special events manager, said parking needs vary depending on the event. She said PTS asks departments to submit an online event parking request form so PTS can arrange parking for the events.

Chris Ward, assistant events manager at the Frank Erwin Center, said parking needs can vary depending on the event, but parking is available for different rates in garages and lots near the center.

He said lots may be used because of technical needs specific to each event. For example, a musical performer’s technical crew may need space in a lot near the venue.

“A Lady Gaga concert has different needs than graduation,” Ward said.

Printed on Friday, October 26, 2012 as: Event parking remains limited