What if we sold expensive tickets for admission?
Attending church is free. Sure, we take up an offering, but
it’s totally voluntary. Maybe that’s the problem. The cheapest ticket you could buy for the Nov. 10 Auburn/Georgia game was $189/seat (and that was in the nose bleed section). Good seats on the home side of the 50 yard line were closer to $800-900/person. So you couldn’t get your family of 5 seats at the game for less than $945. With prices like that, our church could generate at least $100,000 per service in ticket sales alone. The only problem I see here is determining which are the best seats in the House. Most people want to sit up front and close to the action at the game, but usually on the back row in the church service.
We’ll need to charge for parking.
People will pay $7 to park at the SEC championship game, but that’s 10 blocks away. They’ll have to pay $40 dollars or more to get reasonably close. Perhaps the church can be generous and just charge $20 for a spot in our lot and subcontract out the rest to nearby businesses. Those parking lots will only cost $5-10 depending on how far away they are.
What if a church service was as long as a football game?