Frequently Asked Questions

Game Day Benefits

What changes are being made to football season tickets and benefits from previous years?

  • Sections 205, 206 and 207 are Blue & White Fund Priority Seating Sections and require a $100 donation per seat
  • Reserved parking is now only attainable through a donation to the Blue & White Fund and season ticket purchase
  • Admittance to the Stadium and Champions Clubs is now only attainable through a donation to the Blue & White Fund and season ticket purchase

Why is UB Athletics making these changes?

  • The new program allows us to streamline and define the process for distributing benefits
  • The new program allows us to provide an increased level of customer service and acknowledgement of support to our most loyal fans
  • The need for private, philanthropic giving is greater than ever as we invest in our longterm potential and strive for excellence in all we do. Your gift makes a difference!
  • Making a gift to the Blue & White Fund demonstrates your commitment to providing the necessary funding for scholarship and programmatic support for over 500 student-athletes while also helping to supplement other critical priorities. Your annual fund contribution will serve to establish a valuable foundation of support on which all Buffalo Athletics’ programs can thrive.

Are the donations received used only by the football program?

  • No. Gifts to the Football Game Day Benefits Fund are unrestricted gifts used for programmatic support, scholarships and special projects associated with all 20 of our varsity sports

Are my gifts to the Blue & White Fund tax deductible?

  • All gifts made to the Blue & White Fund are tax deductible
  • Gifts being made that result in any Game Day Benefits – seating purchase, parking or club admittance will receive a receipt for 80% tax deduction
  • Gifts made to the ANNUAL CAMPAIGN or the SHAREHOLDERS SOCIETY which are not tied to priority seating/Game Day Benefits are 100% tax deductible
  • At all times the Blue & White Fund recommends contacting your tax advisor to determine the proper charitable deduction

How many parking passes am I eligible for and how are locations determined?

  • One parking pass per season ticket account will be distributed
  • Parking location will be based on your gift level to the Blue & White Fund
  • If more donors qualify for a specific lot that spaces allow, assignment of passes will be based on Loyalty Point rank within a specific gift level

What if I split my tickets with friends and need additional parking passes?

  • To maximize benefits and Loyalty Points, we encourage all season ticket holders to establish individual accounts based on households
  • Tax receipts will only be generated under the payee’s name regardless of the account
  • Loyalty Points will only be calculated for the account/donor’s name
  • Those splitting accounts will be able to keep their adjacent seat locations
  • If four people split their tickets and each make a donation, each will receive a parking pass if they have individual accounts
  • Contact the UB Ticket Office during the renewal process for assistance with splitting accounts

What if I have my season tickets in my business’s name and my donations in my personal name?

  • We encourage you to inform both the UB Ticket Office and the Blue & White Fund of this circumstance
  • We will make every effort to make a notation in our ticketing system of the link
  • Loyalty Points will be calculated under the personal donor’s name

What if I have been splitting season tickets for years and the account is under my friend’s name or my business’s name?

  • It is important for season ticket holders to have their own accounts in order to maximize individual benefits and Loyalty Points
  • During the period of mid-May through June 30, 2013, donors and season ticket holders can request a one-time override/change to their initial calculation
  • Those who are not currently in the system because they have been purchasing under another account holder can be manually added during this time period
  • After July 1, 2013 no changes or manual overrides will be made to inaugural calculations
  • All accounts should be split prior to July 1 ,2013

How will I access the Stadium and/or Champions Club on game days and how many guests am I allowed to bring in with me?

  • Season ticket holders who are also donors will be given membership cards in their season ticket packages to access the club
  • Each membership card entitles you to bring one guest into the club

If I join Block B am I eligible for Game Day Benefits?

  • Yes, a gift to the Block B Letterwinners Association is essentially a $75 gift to the Blue & White Fund, thus making you eligible for benefits at the $75 level (Bulls Fan).

What if I recently made a gift to the Blue & White Fund – Does this gift count towards my football benefits?

  • Gifts made to the Blue & White Fund prior to January 1, 2013 cannot be credited towards football game day benefits because those gifts have already been receipted and claimed towards 2012 taxes
  • If you have made a gift to the Blue & White since January 1, 2013 you will be able to apply that gift towards your parking and club admittance benefits
  • It is the donor’s responsibility to contact the Blue & White Fund to request an updated receipt or to inform their tax advisor of the 80/20 tax credit
  • Season ticket holders in sections 205, 206 and 207 will still need to make the $100 per seat donation for each season ticket in this section regardless of previous giving
  • Moving forward, football game day benefits will be attributed only to gifts made to the Football Game Day Benefits Fund

What are Loyalty Points and how are they calculated?

  • The Loyalty Points program was established to ensure Bulls fans and supporters are properly acknowledged for their longstanding support of UB Athletics
  • Loyalty Points provide a mechanism for prioritizing the distribution of benefits to all Blue & White Fund donors
  • Loyalty Points are used to allocate parking locations, post-season ticket allocations and season ticket seat upgrades
  • Loyalty Points are awarded for cash gifts (not on pledges) and only CURRENT Blue & White Fund donors are able to use their points
  • Loyalty Points will be calculated based on gifts to the Blue & White Fund, consecutive years of giving and season ticket purchase. There will also be one-time bonus points for UB graduates and former UB student-athletes

How do I know what my Loyalty Points total and rank is?

  • The Blue & White Fund will be communicating to all donors and season ticket holders in mid-May regarding your inaugural point calculation and rank
  • Donors will have until June 30, 2013 to confirm/challenge initial calculations
  • Inaugural calculations and ranks will be locked in on July 1, 2013
  • Points will be updated on a weekly basis
  • Rank for post-season football tickets will be locked in on November 1, 2013
  • Rank for post-season basketball tickets will be locked in on February 1, 2014
  • Contact the Blue & White Fund at any time to inquire about your total points and/or rank

Annual Gifts/Shareholders Society

Can I join the Blue & White Fund if I am not a season ticket holder?

  • Yes. Annual Gifts outside of those tied directly to Game Day Benefits are critical to the success of our mission. Unrestricted gifts used for programmatic support, scholarships and special projects associated with all 20 of our varsity sports are necessary.

Are my gifts to the Blue & White Fund tax deductible?

  • All gifts made to the Blue & White Fund are tax deductible
  • Gifts being made that result in any benefits – seating purchase, parking or club admittance will receive a receipt for 80% tax deduction
  • Gifts made to the ANNUAL CAMPAIGN or the SHAREHOLDERS SOCIETY which are not tied to priority seating/Game Day Benefits are 100% tax deductible
  • At all times the Blue & White Fund recommends contacting your tax advisor to determine the proper charitable deduction

Can I pay my gift in installments?

  • Yes, you can make monthly payments towards any pledge. These payments can be charged to your credit card on the date you specify.
  • If you are an employee at UB, you can also enroll in payroll deduction to have your payments deducted directly from your paycheck (find payroll deduct form here: http://giving.buffalo.edu/content/dam/www/giving/forms/payroll-deduction-form.pdf)

Can I still give to a specific sport or project?

  • Yes, however, our current priorities are our Capital Projects which are crucial in bringing all of our programs to an elite level. We urge unrestricted giving because it allows us the freedom to invest across the board in those activities that will help all of our student-athletes.

If I join the Shareholders Society, how does that help the Capital Project initiative?

  • By becoming a member of the Shareholders Society, you are providing an amount of
  • immediate funding that allows us to fund projects that are most urgent
  • You are also ensuring a five-year stream of revenue through your commitment to the Shareholders Society. This allows us to invest confidently and ambitiously as we strive
  • to make our athletics campus the best for all of our student-athletes and coaches.

If I want to contribute to a Capital Project, who do I contact?

  • If interested in a Capital Project, please call the Blue & White Fund at 716-645-6867 and ask to speak with a member of the Major Gifts staff.


Information for Alumni, Boosters, and Representatives of Athletics Interests

We appreciate all of the support from our Alumni, Boosters and Friends of the University! Our teams cannot be successful without your dedication to UB Athletics.

Let's win the right way...within NCAA rules. If at any time you have questions regarding NCAA rules and how they pertain to you, please Click Here. Do not hesitate to contact the Office of Compliance at 716-645-3146 or email us at kc29@buffalo.edu.

Boosters Do's

  • If desired, provide an occasional family meal for student-athletes. The meal can be in the home of the representative of athletics interests and the meal can be catered. You may also provide transportation for the athletes attending this meal.
  • Attend games where prospects are competing, as long as no contact is made with the prospect or prospect's parents.
  • Continue normal contact with prospects with whom you have pre-established relationships, as longs as the contacts are not recruiting related.
  • If desired, arrange employment for prospective student-athletes, as long as the employment begins after high school graduation, and pay is commensurate with the "going rate".
  • Accept a phone call from a prospect, as long as the prospect initiates the call. All questions regarding the institution's athletics department should be directed back to the athletics department.
  • Check with the Office of Compliance at 716-645-3146 before you do anything that may jeopardize a current or prospective student-athlete's eligibility. Better safe than sorry!
  • Notify the Division of Athletics or coaching staff members about outstanding prospects.

Boosters Don'ts

  • Provide a prospective student athlete, his/her parents, relatives, friends, or coaches with any material benefit. This includes, but is not limited to, free tickets to professional and collegiate athletics events, movie passes, gifts, loans of money, transportation, etc.
  • Make recruiting presentations to groups of prospective student-athletes.
  • Make in person on or off-campus recruiting contact, telephone calls, or establish written correspondence with prospective student-athletes.
  • Contact prospective student-athletes via social networking sites, such as myspace or facebook.
  • Use your personal website or social networking site to blog about, comment about or interview prospective student-athletes.
  • Entertain or provide awards or gifts for a current student-athlete, or his/her family and friends.
  • Pay a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.
  • Use a student-athlete's name, picture, or appearance to promote sales or advertise the use of a commercial product or service.
  • Pay or offer to pay for registration fees for summer sports camps for a prospect.
  • Don't provide a currently enrolled student-athlete with complimentary tickets to a professional sporting event, concerts, movies, etc. This applies even if you obtained the tickets free of charge. Providing student-athletes with free tickets to professional sporting and other events is considered an extra benefit.

Due to the increasing popularity of social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace), the University at Buffalo Athletics Compliance Department has created this page as a quick reference for Bulls fans. Please remember that only coaches and Athletics Department staff members may be involved in the recruiting process.

All boosters are prohibited from contacting prospects or members of a prospect's family by any means for the purpose of encouraging the prospect's participation in the University at Buffalo athletics program. Please know that although you may or may not consider yourself a booster of UB Athletics, by engaging in any of the actions below the NCAA will consider you a booster.

Please remember that individuals other than UB coaches should not be contacting prospects, directly or indirectly, in any manner or using any form of communication in an effort to persuade them to attend UB.

If you have questions about this information or about NCAA or Mid-American Conference rules, please contact the UB Athletics Compliance Department at (716) 645-7978. We appreciate your support of UB Athletics and your help in ensuring we operate within NCAA rules and regulations.

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Phone: 716-645-6867
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