Kyle Moats, the athletic director for Missouri State University, has released a letter to fans and supporters of MSU’s fall sports programs.
In the letter, Moats says that prices for tickets to watch basketball at MSU will increase $1.25 per ticket, or $20 per season. The increase is the first on the men’s side since 2010-2011 and the first on the women’s side since Moats began his career at Missouri State.
Here is his letter:
It is hard to believe that August is upon us!
Our 2018-19 season came to a close with two individual track qualifiers competing in the NCAA opening round. The year was highlighted by another conference championship in women’s swimming — the team’s 11th in 12 years — and of course by our women’s basketball team winning the MVC Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16. The national exposure the team garnered was a wonderful boost for the program and for Missouri State University. Thank you to everyone who followed us along the way!
If you haven’t renewed your season football tickets, please do so. We look forward to another season of tailgating and great atmosphere at Plaster. Contact Duane Miller (417) 836-8899 for all your ticket needs.
The single biggest initiative this year will be a campaign to increase Bears Fund membership. It is imperative we continue to increase our support to our programs if we plan to stay competitive. Every donation helps. We are fortunate to have a great base of donors who have been very generous over the years for specific projects. We need a larger base to help with the operations of our department and increasing needs at the Division I level.
There are a lot of facility upgrades in the works, including achievement banners in the Turner Family Practice Facility in Hammons Student Center, the ShotTracker system for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming team lounges in Hammons Student Center, chairback seats at Allison South Stadium, and clubhouse graphics project at Hammons Field. We’ve been very busy, and all of these projects were funded by outside sources with no university funds.
Looking ahead, we have a number of other fundraising initiatives on our wish list, including an indoor football facility, renovations and new scoreboard at Killian Softball Stadium, a new video boards at Plaster Stadium, training room upgrades and a substantial upgrade to the entry lobby in Hammons Student Center.
This year we will be hosting three MVC Championships — women’s soccer (Nov. 8-10), women’s team tennis (April 24-26) and women’s swimming and diving (Feb. 19-22) in Columbia. Please visit MissouriStateBears.com for updates throughout the year.
August 2 is the date of the athletics auction also known as the Sneaker Soiree. Please plan to join us for this kick off to the new school year. It is our department’s major fundraiser, and it’s a great time to mingle with staff and Bear fans that you haven’t seen since last season. Great food and drinks are provided along with one-of-a-kind auction items all benefiting MSU Athletics.
After much deliberation, we will make a slight increase to our basketball season ticket prices this year. Not only is this necessary to keep up with continued increases in expenses, but we feel this year our men’s and women’s basketball programs will be worth the premium. This increase will be around $1.25 per ticket or $20 for the season. No adjustment will be made on seat assessments. Our last increase for men’s basketball was in 2010-11, and during my tenure we have not raised women’s basketball ticket prices at all. Obviously, raising ticket prices is not something we do frequently.
We have installed ShotTracker in the practice gym and in JQH Arena to assist our team’s evaluation of our players’ basketball performance. These types of innovative technologies are critical to providing real-time data for our coaches and maximizing the performance of our athletes. Those who were able to sample the ShotTracker technology at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City last year are familiar with the product.
We will continue to push out more and more videos on our website and social media channels this year. This area is very important to our fan engagement and branding. Our Athletics Communications department will be creating content for Missouri StateBears.com, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on a regular basis so stay tuned in to the great work Rick Kindhart‘s department is doing and our talented video coordinator Tim McCall.
I also encourage you to follow me on twitter @kmoatsmsubears. I will be posting more content this year than ever before regarding our teams, student-athletes and general athletic information.
I look forward with great anticipation to the year ahead for all of our athletic teams, and I look forward to seeing you at the games.
Director of Athletics