Stevens: Lobo Pride Pass Gives A Bang For Your Bucks
Aug. 10, 2012
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By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
In an economy that obviously has seen better days, most consumers need to think twice about the best ways to spend their entertainment dollars.
The University of New Mexico is throwing out a deal that is difficult to refuse. Really, you shouldn't have to think twice about purchasing a Lobo Pride Pass. This season ticket packs a huge bang for your $50.
Just consider the quality of the Lobo offerings this fall:
Lobo men's soccer: Jeremy Fishbein's Lobos are not only one of the top ranked programs in America (No. 6 in preseason), they play this game with high energy and blue-collar passion at an extremely high level.
The Lobos soared to the No. 1 ranking a year ago, return the bulk of their talent, and didn't lose a match in 2011. Yes, undefeated! There simply aren't many events in New Mexico that provide as much excitement as a Lobo men's soccer game. This team alone is worth the $50 price tag.
Lobo women's soccer: Kit Vela's Lobos are one of the faster growing programs in the country. They have won back-to-back Mountain West titles and return the two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of The Year in Kelli Cornell. They are eyeing their third straight NCAA trip.
The Lobo women are very much like the Lobo men when it comes to playing the game at a high level with high energy. These Lobos attack with fury and maybe defend with even more fury. This is a team that gives fans honest effort which is one reason they are among the nation's leaders in attendance.
Lobo volleyball: Jeff Nelson's Lobos are looking at a transition season with a lot of youth on the court, but don't be fooled into thinking this is a rebuilding season. These young Lobos are good.
This might be the most athletic team Nelson has pushed onto the court at Johnson Gym. These Lobos jump out of the gym. There also is a reason the Lobos are one of the nation's leaders in attendance. They put on a show. This young team is an underdog in the 2012 Mountain West race and could use a few more fans in the stands.
Lobo cross country: This is kind of a bonus event since Joe Franklin's harriers are in Albuquerque for only one meet and there is no charge to attend. But the Lobo Invitation held at the UNM North Golf Course is a colorful and festive affair. Franklin combines the collegiate run with a high school run and the course is packed with fans and runners from across New Mexico. It's part festival, part run.
OK, it's obvious by now that the Lobo Pride Pass is a must buy. When you add in all the events and Lobo teams, you are paying well under a $1 for each venture into Lobo Land.
The pass begins with Lobo soccer and Lobo volleyball, but it also includes baseball, men's and women's golf, swimming and diving, skiing, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's track and field. If you paid for these events one-by-one, it would cost hundreds of dollars.
"The Lobo Pride Pass is a difference maker for our attendance," said Coach Vela. "Our fan base has increased dramatically over the last few years. Being fourth in the country helps our team, and it certainly helps impress recruits."
Said Coach Nelson: "This pass benefits all of our programs and gets a lot more people out to the games. This is a great deal and it benefits our student-athletes and our coaches."
Sure, it helps the Lobos if you buy a Lobo Pride Pass. But think about the entertainment value, too!
The Lobo men's and women's soccer teams rolled to regular-season and tournament titles. Baseball grabbed dual titles, too, and Lobo softball roared into the Top 25. The Lobo golf teams made the NCAA tourney. The Lobos had an All-American diver in 2012 and volleyball produced the Mountain West Female Scholar-Athlete of The Year. The Lobo tennis teams are loaded with talent and play both fall and spring matches.
There will be Lobo talent on these teams that once again soars to titles and All-American status. At this price, can you afford to miss any of this? There are Lobo Dogs, too.
Junior Lobo Kids Club: It's nice to be a kid. UNM's Junior Lobo Kids Club gets youngsters (eighth grade on down) to the same games as the Lobo Pride Pass, but it also includes season-long admission to all home football and women's basketball games. And the price is even better: $25. Kids Club membership also has additional perks including the Kid's Summer Bash and Holiday Party, t-shirts and much more.