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Athletic Fee

Why was the fee created?

The primary goal is to strengthen the sense of community among all DePaul students. At many universities, athletics is a cornerstone of student spirit, bringing together students from all programs and levels of study.

In the recent past, many DePaul students have avidly followed the Blue Demons and taken advantage of relatively low ticket prices ($5 for men's basketball). Other students felt they should not spend dollars on "entertainment," not realizing that they were also missing an important part of the university experience.

Every student is part of the DePaul community. Group activities foster that bond and help students network and forge friendships across academic programs and degree levels. The intent of the fee is to encourage as many students as possible to attend games and spirit-building activities.​

What does the fee cover?

You will be able to attend all DePaul Athletics events for free. You will be able to buy additional tickets at a deeply discounted rate. You will be able to park for $5 at Allstate Arena (non-students pay $11). In addition, you will be able to attend Blue Demon pep rallies, pre-game activities and other related events, many of which feature free food and beverages, for no cost. All students will receive a Blue Demon T-shirt. Additional giveaways and activities will be announced throughout the year. See the complete list of benefits below.​​

How much is the fee?

The fee is $25 per quarter for the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters for all enrolled students.​

How does that compare to other universities?

DePaul's athletic fee is the lowest in the BIG EAST Conference. Fee structures vary, but students at other universities pay between $120 and $400 a year for the same privileges.​

How will the fee be used?

The fee will enable Athletics to reserve thousands of seats for students at every DePaul sporting event.

The fee also will make possible more pep rallies and other spirit-building activities for students at all campuses. It covers the cost of food and beverages, T-shirts and spirit gear bearing DePaul Blue Demon logos.​

Which sports does the fee cover?

The fee covers entrance to all home DePaul Athletics events, including NCAA men's and women's basketball, women's softball, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, and any other athletic events where a fee is otherwise charged. DePaul also participates in cross country, track and field, and men's golf.

DePaul teams have reached the NCAA and post-season playoffs in these sports 14 times in the past four years, including an NCAA berth for the women's basketball and softball teams this year. Women's softball has appeared in 14 NCAA tournaments, reaching the College World Series four times. Women's basketball has made eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances and 15 overall berths.​​​

Who approved the fee?

The fee was approved by the Board of Trustees with support from Student Government Association and leaders of many of the other large student organizations on campus.​

I still have questions. Who can I call?

If you have more questions about the athletic fee, please contact Katie Ramsey of the Athletic Department at cramsey1@depaul.edu.


Complete List of Annual Benefits for Students

The athletic fee provides you with free tickets to all DePaul home sports competitions. It also funds the Blue Crew student spirit organization to promote community on campus throughout the year.

You'll receive:

  • Free T-shirt
  • Free membership in the Blue Crew school spirit organization
  • Admission to Blue Crew Fall "Back II Blue" BBQ

Fall Sports

Women's Volleyball
Men's and Women's Soccer
  • Free ticket to all home games 
  • $2 discount tickets for your guests ($5 retail value) 
  • Game day giveaway items 
  • Access to discounted BIG EAST Conference Championship tickets and travel if DePaul is a participant

Winter Sports

Men's Basketball

  • Free ticket to all home games
  • Option to buy one $5 discount ticket for your guest ($15 retail value) 
  • Free round-trip transportation from the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses to and from the Allstate Arena 
  • $5 discount parking at the Allstate Arena ($11 retail value) 
  • Game day giveaway items 
  • Admission to Blue Crew pre-season practice and party with coaches and student-athletes 
  • Admission to Blue Crew basketball season tip-off event (Blue Madness) 
  • Access to discounted BIG EAST Conference Championship tickets and travel if DePaul is a participant

Women's Basketball

  • Free ticket to all home games
  • Option to buy two $2 discount tickets for your guests ($5 retail value) 
  • Reserved student section in DePaul Athletic Center 
  • Game day giveaway items 
  • Admission to Blue Crew pre-season practice and party with coaches and student-athletes 
  • Admission to Blue Crew basketball season tip-off event (Blue Madness) 
  • Access to discounted BIG EAST Conference Championship tickets and travel if DePaul is a participant

Spring Sports

Women's Softball

  • Free ticket for all home games 
  • $2 discount tickets for your guests ($5 retail value) 
  • Game day give away for each game 
  • Access to discounted BIG EAST Conference Championship tickets and travel if DePaul is a participant

Additional Blue Crew events and activities will be announced throughout the year.

For more information, please vist www.depaulbluedemons.com.​

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