The Ocean State University women’s basketball team will be hosting a WNIT game at their on-campus facility in a few weeks. During that particular weekend, the team will be hosting 3 prospective student-athletes on official visits. Is it permissible to provide these prospects with complimentary admissions to the WNIT game?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 7/2/03- Complimentary Admissions to Preseason Events (I)- states that a member institution may provide complimentary admissions to a prospect to attend preseason (as distinguished from postseason) home athletics events.
[References: NCAA Proposal Nos. 2003-1 and 2003-2, Bylaws 220.127.116.11 (entertainment/tickets on official visit – general restrictions), 18.104.22.168.2 (NCAA championships or other postseason events), 22.214.171.124 (entertainment/tickets on unofficial visit – general restrictions), 126.96.36.199 (home games outside regular facility) and 188.8.131.52 (NCAA championships and other postseason events) and 8/22/90, official interpretation, item 14, which has been archived.].