August 24, 2012
UNCG Announces Spartan Club Priority Point System
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG Spartan Club
announced the implementation of a Priority Points System Friday to
create a fair and equitable process for handling future season
ticket sales and postseason/road game ticket sales for men’s
and women’s basketball.
“We felt it was important to have a system in place to
reward our loyal and generous donors and season ticket holders when
special moments and events occur in our program,” Director of
Athletics Kim Record said. “While the Spartan Club featured a
priority point system in the 1980’s, we feel this current
version will serve both our current supporters and new friends and
fans of UNCG very well.”
The priority point system will not be used until fiscal year 2014
(beginning July 1, 2013) to ensure time to work through any issues
or questions Spartan Club members or season ticket holders have on
the new system. All gifts made this year will be added to point
totals for 2014. Season ticket holders during the 2012-13
basketball season will have the right to retain the same seats at
least through the 2014-15 season. The point system will be used to
establish an order for those who want to improve their seat
location or for new season ticket purchasers in 2013-14.
Current Spartan Club members and season tickets holders from the
2011-12 basketball season will receive a personalized point
statement that shows how points are calculated and includes an
individual point total and overall rank. In addition, anyone
who joins the Spartan Club this year (prior to June 30, 2013) or
becomes a new season ticket holder will have an account activated
in the point system.
One area calculated as part of the point system is consecutive
years of giving to UNCG Athletics. As a special opportunity only
available through June 30, 2013, individuals can earn additional
points by buying back years in which they did not make a gift to
the Spartan Club. The cost to buy back a missed year is $100 per
year you buy back. The amount to buy back missed years of giving
needs to be in addition to the amount of your gift to the Spartan
Club Athletic Scholarship Fund in fiscal year 2012 as shown on your
statement. New members can also buy back missed years of
giving once they make an initial gift of $100 to the Spartan
Any Spartan Club members or season tickets holders that have any
questions on the priority points system or believe an adjustment to
their statement needs to be made, can contact the Spartan Club
offices at (336) 334-3576.
UNCG Spartan Club Priority Point System Question and
Q. What is the Spartan Club Priority Point
Spartan Club will use the Priority Point System to assign benefits
among donors and season ticket holders using the chart 2 questions
below to calculate point totals. The goal is to offer fair access
to high-demand/low-supply benefits, such as post-season tickets and
road games. The Priority Point System will also be used to
establish an order for those who want to improve their seat
location beginning in the 2013-14 season and for prioritizing seat
selection for new season ticket purchasers for the 2013-14 season.
Anyone who purchases season tickets in 2012-13 will have the right
to retain their seats through the completion of the 2014-15
Q. Why does UNCG need a point system?
A. Currently, there is no
system in place for the Spartan Club to allocating
benefits that exist in limited quantities related to the
men’s and women’s basketball programs in a fair and
equitable manner to both those who have been loyal and generous to
UNCG Athletics through the years and new fans who want to become
involved with our program. The Priority Point System will
provide a means for the Spartan Club to accomplish this.
Q. Has UNCG Athletics ever used a Priority Point System
A. Yes, but not one that was used consistently through
the years. One of the very first Spartan Club brochures in
1987 featured details of a points system, but it was never fully
Q. How are points calculated?
A. Points are
calculated using the chart below:
1 - FY 12 Spartan Club Athletic Scholarship Fund Gift (10
points per $100)
2 - Consecutive Years of Giving to Athletics – All
areas (6 points per year)
3 - Season Ticket Holder Previous Year – 2011-12
Season (3 points per season ticket)
*4 - Consecutive Years Being Season Ticket Holder at
Coliseum (2 points per year)
^5 - Fleming Gym Season Ticket Holder (10 points if ever
a season ticket holder)
6 - Lifetime Giving to Athletics – All areas dating
to 1986 (2 points per $100)
#7 - UNCG Bonus Points – Former Student-Athlete
(50); Alumni (25); Faculty/Staff (25):
*UNCG started playing at the Greensboro Coliseum in 2009-10,
maximum years is 3
^ 10 points will be
awarded to anyone who ever purchased a season ticket for a
men’s basketball season at Fleming Gym
# Only one of these three bonuses will be awarded even if
you and/or your spouse fall into more than one of the three
categories. Also applies to those faculty and staff members that
retired from UNCG.
Q. I have been a season ticket holder in the
past but I did not receive a point statement in the mail. How
do I know if I have an active points account/ranking?
A. Only basketball season tickets
holders from the 2011-2012 season and those who were members of the
Spartan Club ($100 level and above to the Athletic Scholarship
Fund) during fiscal year 2012 (July, 1 2011 to June 30, 2012) have
an active account in the point system. Once you purchase
season tickets or join the Spartan Club in the current year, your
account then becomes active in the point system.
Q. I’ve been a season ticket holder for a number of
years, but have never contributed to UNCG Athletics. Why should I
A. As the cost of higher education continues to
rise, so does the challenge of competing. UNCG Athletics is a
17-sport program with more than 200 student-athletes, and our
annual scholarship expense has increased more than 65% since 2010
due to the elimination of out-of-state tuition waivers and general
University tuition increases. Support from student fees and
season tickets sales alone do not allow us to fully meet our
operational and scholarship needs to provide the best experience
possible for our student-athletes. Hence, UNCG Athletics must
increase its base of support as well as its annual revenue.
Q. I want to increase my number of
consecutive years of giving, how do I do
A. The Spartan Club is offering the opportunity for
donors to buy back missed years of giving for $100 for each year
missed dating back to 1986. This special opportunity will
only be available through June 30, 2013. The amount to buy
back missed years of giving needs to be in addition to the amount
of your Fiscal Year 2012 (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012)
Spartan Club Athletic Scholarship Fund gift amount (see example
below). If you need a point statement to see which years of
giving you are missing, please contact the Spartan Club Office at
- Fiscal Year 2012 Spartan Club Athletic
Scholarship Fund Gift Amount: $500
- Years of Giving to UNCG Athletics: 2002, 2003, 2004,
2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Current Consecutive Year Total is 5 (2008 to 2012).
Missed years of giving are 2006 and 2007.
- Total gift amount by June 30, 2013 to buy back those 2
missed years is $500 (Fiscal Year 12 Gift Amount) + $200 (2 years
of missed giving at $100 each) = $700 Total. Consecutive
Years of giving total would go from 5 to 11.
Q. How can I improve my Priority Point
A. Making a first-time gift
to the Spartan Club Athletic Scholarship Fund or increasing your
Scholarship Fund contribution is the best way to increase your
point total. You can also increase your point total by buying back
missed years of giving. See example in previous question for
more details. The deadline for Scholarship Fund gifts to
count towards the Priority Point System is June
30th each year.
Q. Can I calculate my own Priority Point total?
yet, but a new online system will be launched later this year where
this feature will be available.
Q. I received my Point Statement in the mail and the
calculations don’t seem accurate, what can I do?
contact the Spartan Club at 336-334-3576. We have made every
attempt to accurately reflect the giving and ticket purchasing
history of our loyal fans and friends, but we understand that some
mistakes may have been made. This is why we won’t be
fully using the Priority Point System until 2013-14. We
wanted to give appropriate time to allow people to ask questions
and adjust their giving/ticket purchases to increase their point
Q. Do I have to contribute to the Spartan Club in order to
purchase season tickets?
A. No, season tickets are available
for non-donors in the Greensboro Coliseum except for courtside
seats and riser section seating in sections 124, 125 and 126.
A minimum gift of $1,000 is required for the purchase of courtside
seats and a minimum gift of $250 is required for the purchase of
riser sections seats in section 124, 125 and 126. However,
donations to the Spartan Club will improve your chances to be able
to purchase tickets to post-season & road
Q. How often will seats at the Greensboro Coliseum be
A. As long as an individual has
purchased season tickets for the 2012-13 year they will have the
right to retain those seats at least through the completion of
2014-15 season, at which time the priority point system will be
Q. How can I improve my seats at the Greensboro
A. A ticket
holder may request improved seating but these requests will be
filled in priority order based on your rank in the Spartan Club
Priority Point System and provided that better seats are
available. This system will be used for the first time for
the 2013-14 basketball season.
Q. What if I have the same number of points as another
A. Ties will be
broken using the following criteria: amount of athletic scholarship
fund gift in previous year, lifetime giving to athletics, number of
consecutive years of giving to athletics, total number of season
tickets purchased (since the 2009-2010 season).
Q. To what extent will the Priority Point System
assist me in obtaining away game and postseason
A. The opportunity to purchase away-game and
postseason tickets will be based upon your rank in the Priority
Point System and availability.