MSU ticket prices & merchandise sales slip

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – It’s been an off season for the Michigan State Spartans as they’ve lost seven out of ten games so far this year and with that loss comes a slight drop in business, at least at the Student Book Store.

“It’s an off year,” Student Book Store Manager Brad Ballein said.

Ballein says although there’s usually a steady flow of customers during the football season, this one is telling a different story.

”It’s hard to compare year to year but yeah things are down a little bit compared to last year,” Ballein stated.

And merchandise sales aren’t the only thing taking a dive right now…

”It’s been a struggle ever since we’ve started our little losing streak,” CEO of the Ticket Machine Brian Posey said.

…tickets are as well and according to Posey, ticket prices are starting anywhere from $10 up to $40.

He says when the Spartans have a winning season, the price tag ranges anywhere from $80 to $100.

Posey says the low ticket cost has to do with the amount of losses.

“A hundred percent losing I mean that’s it,” Posey added.

Posey says it’s a battle of supply and demand…

“This is the game we play and so if teams do very well in turn we do well you know as well,” he stated.

Even though business may be at a standstill right now for the Ticket Machine and the Student Book Store, there’s one thing that’s certain…the loyalty of MSU fans.

“Go green, go white!” Michigan State University fan Alex Gauthier said.

“Spartan fans are here day in and day out whether we win or whether we lose, we’re still Spartan fans. We’re still having a really good year I mean we really are,” Ballein stated.

“Go green!” a group of young MSU fans yelled!

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