Gophers athletic department brings in $25k on Black Friday

The department drew in just less than $50,000 over the four-day sale.

Andrew Krammer

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs athletic department achieved its goal of out-earning itself with its second annual Black Friday ticket and merchandise sale.

The athletic department saw about 12,000 unique online visits and brought in just less than $50,000 for the four-day online sale from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. 

âÄúWe had very little, if anything, for customer service requests or complaints,âÄù ticketing manager Brent Holck said. âÄúThe setup for our site was easy to navigate, and that showed with the huge success.âÄù

On Black Friday alone, the athletic department brought in just less than $25,000, up from $20,000 a year ago.

The University also changed the way it sells its athletic merchandise. The company that helped set up the holiday sale, AudienceView, combined merchandise and ticketing sales in a pioneering effort for Gophers sports fans.

The athletic department had only three merchandise items discounted for the holiday sale, but managed to bring in about $9,000 from merchandise during the four-day span.

Minnesota is one of the first NCAA Division I programs to combine ticket sales with merchandise, according to Holck and Mike Evenson, AudienceViewâÄôs director of business development.

Compared to this time last year, the athletic department has sold an extra $9,000 in merchandise.

Perhaps the most fan-friendly innovation, according to Holck, was the âÄúexperience packagesâÄù the athletic department promoted and sold over the sale.

âÄúWe sold 34 Superfan packages and five getaway packages,âÄù Holck said. âÄúWeâÄôll be looking to do more of these experience packages in the future; as you can tell there was a definite interest in them over the four-day span.âÄù

The $50 âÄúSuperfanâÄù package included passes to nine home sporting events over a four-day period from Jan. 18-21.

The $189 getaway package included a hotel and tickets to the Gophers menâÄôs hockey game against Notre Dame on Jan. 7 and the menâÄôs basketball game against Purdue on Jan. 8.

After this yearâÄôs success, the University will continue to take advantage of the Black Friday shopping spirit, Holck said.

âÄúWe want to put more resources behind it,âÄù he said. âÄúWhether itâÄôs the technology we use or the items we sell, weâÄôre continually looking to [innovate].âÄù