What they said
• Lisa Hurtt: The OU alum has had season tickets, along with husband, Philip, for 25 years, and he has been to every home game dating to his college days.
“For us, it's all worth it because it's all about family and friends. That's where we gather. There are people that we don't see any other time of the year that we see then, and there are people that we may not see for a couple years but they know we're going to be there. So, it's more of a social aspect now. And now that we have a little one, he loves it, too, loves going. We don't miss unless someone is ill. ... We just made that commitment and decided that was something that was important to us.”
• Teddy Clark: The Stillwater resident bought season tickets in 2005, but with three kids, he and his wife, Kristine, decided to give up their tickets this season.
“I would say (the primary reason for giving up the tickets) was the value for your dollar, what you're getting in return. We've got three kids, so it's like, ‘We can take that money and do something else for them. And if we really want to go, we'll go find some tickets and spend a few hundred dollars versus $1,500 or whatever it was that we were going to have to spend.' We do miss it. But we've got a full house ... so we're always busy doing something.”
• OU athletic director Joe Castiglione: “Even though the revenues from other sources have increased and allowed us to fund our (athletic department) to be one of six, seven, eight programs in America that not only balance their budget but are totally self sustaining ... the root of it is people's involvement, people's support. We always welcome the feedback from our fans, even if it's criticism. ... As long as they stay engaged in our program and we continue to have a great relationship and they enjoy the experience and feel like their investment of their time, their financial investment and their emotional investment is providing them the kind of experience that they really enjoy, that's going to allow us to continue to move forward.”
• Emily and Colby Carpenter: The Shawnee residents and parents of two young kids are OSU alums and season ticket holders in Section 204.