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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Cougar Club is the official booster organization for BYU Athletics. The Athletic Department receives no tithing money or tax dollars to run BYU’s athletic programs. The Cougar Club is responsible for raising the funds to pay for Athletic Department expenses including student-athlete scholarships, coaches’ salaries, and recruiting expenses, as well as funding the facilities and programs associated with each of BYU’s 21 athletic teams.
  • Athletic donors may specify which teams or athletic priorities benefit from their contributions. Donations to the general Cougar Club Fund cover the operating expenses of all BYU teams including: student-athlete scholarships, team travel, recruiting, equipment and facilities, and other expenses.
  • Cougar Club annual membership levels begin at $60 annually; however, donations of any amount are welcome and appreciated. In gratitude to our donors, Cougar Club members enjoy unique benefits, which vary by contribution level.
  • BYU Athletics is self-sustaining and receives no tithing or tax dollars to run its programs. Game ticket sales provide only a small portion of the money required to operate our 21 NCAA teams. In order to be competitive, we need the support of Cougar fans wherever they may live. When you join the Cougar Club, you help provide scholarships and state-of-the-art facilities for our student-athletes and the resources to attract some of the nation’s best coaches to BYU. Your membership in the Cougar Club makes a difference in the quality of BYU Athletics. There are also unique benefits, like free football and basketball almanacs, specifically for out-of-state members.
  • The BYU Athletic Department operates on a self-sustaining basis. No tithing money or tax dollars are used to support any of the intercollegiate athletic programs at BYU. While gate receipts from football and men's basketball help fund the other 19 sports, ticket sales alone provide only a portion of what the program needs to support scholarships, worldwide recruiting, state-of-the-art facilities, and the many other projects that are necessary to maintain athletic excellence.
  • There are many ways to make a donation to BYU Athletics. Payments can be made via cash, check, or credit card. In some situations, we are also able to accept in-kind gifts (such as goods or services the athletic department uses and would pay for if they were not donated). Donors can also contribute through appreciated securities and stock gifts. If you need help with stock transfers, estate planning, or planned gifting to BYU, we have trained professionals who can help with the process.

    Click here to make an online donation, or feel free to contact the Cougar Club Office at 801-422-2583 or 800-426-4298 to make your gift or for more information about gifting methods.
  • As a donor to BYU Athletics, you may specify which athletic priority or team you want your contribution to benefit. Some donors sponsor student athlete scholarships, either by donating enough to fund an athletic grant-in-aid for one year (currently $12,500) or by creating an endowment that funds one or more scholarships in perpetuity. In larger sports, such as football, you may be able to specify the position you want your contribution to support. While a specific student athlete is assigned to donors who fund an annual or endowed scholarships, due to NCAA regulations, donors may not earmark any contribution to support a specific individual.
  • Football, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Gymnastics, Men's Volleyball, and Women's Volleyball.

Football and Basketball Season Ticket Questions:

  • In order to receive priority seating, Club Members must start or renew their membership before the annual priority-seating deadline. For football and men's basketball season tickets, there is a priority buying period during which each Club Member (based on membership level and priority points) selects their own seating location(s). You can also order tickets online at or by calling (801-422-2981) or visiting the Marriott Center Ticket Office. Your membership must be current to receive consideration for priority seating.
  • All Cougar Club Members according to their membership levels, starting with the AD's Circle and Legacy Levels continuing through the Y Fan level select their season tickets. They are then ranked with other members at the same level based on the number of priority points they have. Points are earned by donating (1 point per $1) and by purchasing season tickets and attending sporting events.

    The purchase of Premium Seating (Legacy East Chair, Courtside Cougars, and Loges) also counts in each AD's Circle and Legacy Member’s priority point total. Such ticket purchases enhance an AD's Circle and Legacy Member’s ranking within his or her level; they DO NOT count towards reaching a higher Legacy level, nor fulfill the requirement to make an annual Legacy contribution.

    Your seats can change from year to year because rankings change, new Legacy members join, and different seats are available each year.

  • The easiest way to improve your seating assignment is to upgrade your membership level so you can select your season tickets sooner, at the higher priority. Annual members may upgrade to Legacy by committing to pay $10,000 or more in a period of two years or less. Legacy Members may improve their seating by creating a gifting plan to raise their membership to the next level by making scheduled payments over a few years.
  • No, Cougar Club seat locations are not guaranteed. Club Members may see movement in their seat locations depending upon the purchases made by donors at higher levels. The only seats that are guaranteed are those associated with ticket rights purchased by facility donors.
  • There is a specified buying period for season football and season basketball tickets. We will publish this date in emails sent out by the Cougar Club. We will also publish individual game, bowl game, and tournament ticket buying periods in periodic emails.

    Club Members are reminded that, for contests where BYU is the away team, the block of seats given to the BYU will not be the best seats in the opposing school’s stadium. Occasionally it is possible to get better seats directly through the visiting school’s ticket office, or through other sources. Buying seats in BYU’s visiting team block ensures that you will be seated near other Club Members and BYU fans at the game; it is also the best way to get seats for away games where the opponent’s contests regularly sell out.
  • Yes, you can always select tickets near your friends; however, if donors of different levels select seating together, the higher level donor(s) may not be able to select tickets until the buying time of the lower or lowest level level donor.