Athletic director Mike Bohn said the department operated on about $47 million last year and will likely drop below that number slightly for the coming school year to "adjust to fiscal challenges."
Bohn met with media members after the 16th annual Count Casotti Classic at Pelican Lakes Country Club, a summertime golf tournament hosted by the athletic department honoring former long-time sports information director Fred Casotti.
Bohn said the budget cuts aren`t necessarily related to CU`s coming move to the Pac-10 and the school`s responsibility to pay exit fees to the Big 12. He said it is more an attempt to be more efficient.
Bohn said the department is "headed toward a sold out situation" with suites in Folsom Field, but club seats sales are lagging along with season-ticket sales.
"It`s a trend I would like to really work hard to try to change, which is we have too much attrition each year and then we build it back up throughthe course of the sales campaign," he said.
CU is offering a three-game National Championship ticket package available only to previous ticket buyers until Aug. 2 at $130. It will be available to the general public. The package includes tickets to the Sept.
Fans interested in the offer should email CUtix@colorado.edu.
Bohn said the price of tickets has been the top reason given by those who have not renewed season ticket orders.
Georgia on the mind
Bohn said the Georgia athletic department requested 9,000 tickets for the Oct. 2 game in Folsom Field and received 5,000 tickets. The game is already designated as the centerpiece of a weekend dedicated to saluting the 1990 national championship team.
"We anticipate a large throng of Georgia fans coming in for the game," Bohn said.
When the Buffs played at Georgia in 2006, Ralphie made the trip to run between the hedges in Athens, Ga. Georgia officials pledged at that time to bring Uga the bulldog to Buffalo for this year`s game, but Bohn said he has not been able to verify with Georgia officials if that will still happen.
The game will feature some odd moments because the fight songs for both schools use different words but the same music.
Bzdelik paying buyout
Bohn said former basketball coach Jeff Bzdelik is in the process of fulfilling his obligation in his CU contract requiring him to pay CU $500,000 for leaving prior to his fourth season.
Workers have installed four fly-away baskets in the Coors Events Center for use during practices and will experiment with using fly-away baskets for games.
Fly-away baskets are attached to polls that drop from the ceiling. Bohn said he believes using the fly-away baskets will help improve sight lines for fans at games.
Video boards and digital ribbon boards are being installed in the arena in the next few weeks and signage on the floor in front of the scorer`s table will be digital boards as well next season.