Ok, I'm looking at my wall in my office right now where all of my ticket stubs are prominently displayed (they pretty much take up an entire wall). Here's a sample of what I see:
My Ohio State/Michigan ticket in 1999 was $13.50 (student ticket)
My Ohio State/Michigan ticket in 2003 was $51.00
My Ohio State/Michigan ticket in 2011 was $85.00
My Ohio State/Michigan ticket in 2013 was $95.00
Parking at the golf course for this same time period went from $20 in 1999, to $35 in 2003, to $50 in 2011 and 2013.
So what cost me $33.50 to see in 1999 cost me $145.00 in 2013. Granted, I was student back then. Even so, my 2003 ticket and parking was a total of $86.00. Oh, and I had to pay a seat license fee on top of that last season. I'm pretty sure inflation was not 200%+ over that same ten year period.
Dave, you have squeezed out the little guy. You can blame the students, but 10 years ago you had a waiting list that was decades long....now you have to include hot dogs, hats and T-shirts to get people in the door to see a mediocre product with a subpar schedule. How's that working out for you?