Originally Posted by jwells
The point is in reference to the story published in the KNS dated 11/17/08 "Changes hit basketball ushers." To a large number on this board, it might have seemed so insignifacant, the title that is, that you skipped right over it. If you did read it, you probably just chuckled and said, but they get to watch all the games for next to nothing anyway, big deal!
One of the reasons for taking away these "Bluehairs" free hot dog and soft drink they used to get when working a game, was to offset the expected increase in travel expenses due to higher fuel costs among other things. They even quoted a figure of $80,000 savings from the decision. How much money do you suppose was spent on just one night of their stay at the Davenport. I'll bet one less night in the 5 stars each of the remaining road trips, or maybe even lower them selves to 4 star trips, and that $80,000 would be more than made up for AND THEM SOME.
Those "Bluehairs" used to be just like alot of you. Donating the minimum amount, stretching their budget, to get season tickets for every men's and women's game. Over the years they lose them for one reason or another, either by their own budget restrictions or by the Athletic Department "holding them up for mo money to keep them. Working as an usher is the only way to still get to watch them. They've loved their teams all these years good and bad. Except for the price, who doesn't like a dog and coke at a ballgame.
I'll bet that nobody has heard a complaint out of one usher this season, they're smiling and doing their part 'cause they love the Vols.