FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Ways to Give
How do I join the Ram Athletic Fund (RAF)?
Any size donation goes a long way, but to enjoy the benefits of the Ram Athletic Fund, a gift of $100 or more must be donated. You may join by visiting www.support.vcu.edu/give/athletics, or by calling Russell Grimm at 804-828-FUND. All gifts to the Ram Athletic Fund are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Why should I give to the Ram Athletic Fund and how will my gift to the Ram Athletic Fund be used?
With the cost of in and-out-of state tuition continuing to rise, every gift to the RAF is important, as we strive to build our programs, award aid to our student-athletes, and continue to win championships. Donations are primarily used to provide scholarship aid to our sixteen varsity sport programs. Gifts are also utilized to support facility improvements and programmatic needs of the VCU Athletic Department.
How do the Ram Athletic Fund Benefits for Men’s Basketball work?
You receive benefits based on your annual donation the previous year. Think of it as Frequent Flyer Miles. The amount of miles flown the year before, determine what rewards you receive for the following year. VCU’s fiscal year runs from July 1st – June 30th. For example, if you donated a total of $500 between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, then you will receive the benefits of a Captain’s Society Member for the 2012-2013 Men’s Basketball season. Please keep in mind that you only receive benefits for men’s basketball if your donation is made to the Ram Athletic Fund. Gifts made to specific sports do not counts towards your men’s basketball benefits.
What is the purpose of scanning tickets?
The purpose is to keep better records of the patrons visiting the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. We will now be able to track how many fans came through the gates, how many donors visited the hospitality rooms on a particular night, and it eliminates long Will Call lines. With the capability of scanning tickets, those fans who are not season ticket holders will now have the ability to purchase a ticket on-line and print that ticket at home. No more waiting in Will Call lines or receiving your tickets in the mail.
What if I’m a new donor and this is my first time purchasing season tickets?
As a new donor and season ticket holder, an annual donation must be paid in full before the start of the season. Another donation must be paid before June 30th, of that year, in order to maintain the same season tickets and benefits for the next year. For example, you donated $500 before the beginning of the 2012-2013 men’s basketball season in order to sit in the $500 donor seating area and receive the benefits of a Captain’s Society Member. If you wish to keep your seats and receive the same benefits for the 2014-2015 men’s basketball season, you must make another $500 gift before June 21, 2014.
Where do I park for Men’s Basketball games being played at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center?
Any men’s basketball season ticket holder is eligible to purchase a season long parking pass. Your giving level, the priority point system and availability, determines where you may park. All Director’s Society members and higher, will receive one (1) complimentary parking pass. All Men’s Basketball season ticket holders may purchase additional parking passes, keeping in mind that all the parking passes may not be located in the same area. The Broad St. parking deck is used for day of game parking. There is a fee to park and it is on a first come, first serve basis. If you have a season long parking pass, you will not be turned away because of a full parking deck or lot. *See Premium Parking
What are some details of the new and improved Commonwealth Room?
The Commonwealth Room occupies the Auxiliary Gym, which is located at the east end of the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Overall, we plan on providing a very family-friendly atmosphere filled with pre-game events, kids’ activities, food vendors, and a cash bar. Think of the Commonwealth Room as a pre-game and halftime tailgating spot.
I donate $5,000 and I have eight (8) season tickets. However, I see I only receive two (2) Founder’s Club passes. How do I receive more passes?
Donors who are eligible for the Founder’s Club may purchase additional passes on a yearly or per game basis. In this case, the individual may only purchase six (6) additional passes because they only have eight (8) season tickets. You may purchase additional Founder’s Club passes by calling the Ram Athletic Fund at (804)828-FUND. Please request additional single game passes at least 48 hours in advance.
My major concern is not benefits, but where my season tickets are located. How can I be guaranteed my same season ticket seats?
Priority seating at the Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center is based on your annual donation, the priority point system and availability. Each section and row requires a specific donation to purchase season tickets there. You must renew your season tickets and RAF pledge by the designated deadlines and you will maintain your seats for the following season. *See Premium Seating
A friend and I split season tickets in an account under
his name. Should I wish to pursue obtaining my own season tickets,
or want to receive other RAF benefits through accumulated priority
points, am I able to receive credit for my past
No, you cannot receive credit for past donations/season ticket purchases, etc. if your name is not listed on the ticket account. Only the account holder may accumulate priority points. You will, however, receive any due tax credit for your gifts to VCU. A copy of receipts may be requested by the VCU office of Gifts and Records (804) 828-9430.