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Wisconsin Badgers ticket policy to stay in place

Encouraged by the inaugural results of their season ticket revocation policy, University of Wisconsin Athletic Department officials plan to maintain the current guidelines for 2007-08.

Encouraged by the inaugural results of their season ticket revocation policy, University of Wisconsin Athletic Department officials plan to maintain the current guidelines for 2007-08.

"We felt for its initial year, it did what we wanted," UW senior associate athletic director Doug Beard said Wednesday.

The policy, approved by the UW Athletic Board last May, calls for fans who engage in illegal or unruly conduct during games at Camp Randall Stadium and the Kohl Center to have their season tickets revoked for the remainder of the year.

Twelve UW patrons -- four students and eight general public parties -- had their season tickets revoked.

Another 145 UW season ticket holders -- 107 students and 38 general public patrons -- received letters of warning.

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Beard told members of the UW Athletic Board's facility and operations committee that all 12 revocations were issued for actions at football games.

Behavior that could result in revocation includes conveyance to detox for excessive drunkenness or illegal drug use; citation or arrest for throwing hard objects; public urination or disorderly conduct; arrest for any violation of the Wisconsin Criminal Code.

There was one police report from the first men's hockey series at the Kohl Center, but no one involved warranted a warning letter. There were no police reports forwarded to UW Athletic Department officials from men's or women's basketball games.

A somewhat controversial aspect of the policy is that patrons can lose their season tickets if they sell them to someone whose actions fall under the revocation guidelines. Records show that was the case in two of the revocations.

Refunds were given to those whose season tickets were revoked.

None of the tickets confiscated were resold, according to UW senior associate athletic director Vince Sweeney.

The Badger Fund status of those who had their tickets revoked will continue to be unaffected. Beard said penalties in that regard seemed "too punitive" to UW athletic director Barry Alvarez and members of his senior staff.

UW officials were most encouraged by this trend: The number of letters (warning and revocation) decreased throughout the seven-game home football season. There were 45 and 43 for the first two games, respectively. There were eight and four for the last two, respectively.

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Since kickoff times varied -- the later the game, the more problems there were -- Beard said another year of data is needed before long-range conclusions can be drawn.

One thing seems certain about the revocation policy, though.

"It's a deterrent," Beard said.

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