Colorado football fans should begin receiving season-ticket renewal packages in the mail today and some will like what they see.

The athletic department has lowered ticket costs in several of the five pricing tiers and will be making as many as 4,000 seats available next fall for $120 per seat without the requirement of a "mandatory donation" under the donor seating program.

Those same seats cost $235 each in the 2010 season.

The plan to offer seats for $120 each is, in part, a marketing tool based around the 2011 season being the Buffs` first in the Pac-12, but it is also an attempt to generate more season-ticket renewals. Historically the largest numbers of forfeited seats come from the lowest cost in the tiered system.

Fans who sit in section 220 also will be pleased.

In the past, seats in the section have been among those included in the school`s donor seating program, meaning fans who sit there had to pay for the tickets and also pay a $100 per seat donation to the athletic department. Such practices are commonplace in college athletics these days.

Next season, seats in section 220 won`t be included in the donor seating program and the cost of each ticket will also drop $95 from what it was last year.

Many fans around the stadium will see the overall cost of their season-ticket package drop because there will be only five true home gamesnext year, a one-time hiccup in the schedule caused by changing conferences.

Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn and sports information director Dave Plati are scheduled to meet with media members today to announce the ticket plan as well as adjustments to the school`s 5-year-old donor seating program. Other athletic department business will also be reviewed.

Bohn will also announce the school has finalized its home schedule, which includes a nonconference game against fellow Pac-12 partner California in Folsom Field on Sept. 10.

The game was originally scheduled as part of a home-and-home series with the Bears before the Buffs joined the Conference of Champions.

Cal continued to want to play the Buffs after conference expansion because it was already dealing with two other problem dates on its schedule and its home stadium is being renovated, forcing it to play all its home games at AT&T Park in San Francisco next fall.

The season-ticket package also includes Pac-12 games against USC, Oregon, Washington State and Arizona.

Not all CU football fans will see prices drop in 2011, some premium seating areas will cost $7 more per ticket.

CU raised its season ticket prices two years ago prior to the 2009 season. It was the first increase since some tweaks were made to pricing before the 2005 season.

The cost of club seats and stadium suites on the east side of Folsom Field will remain the same as 2010.