Ocean State University (OSU) women’s ice hockey team will be participating in the Bean Town Showdown this weekend at Fenway Park against Northern Plains College. This is an annual event conducted by the Boston Sports Group. OSU would like to provide complimentary admissions to Zam Boni, one of the top recruits in the country.
Is it permissible for OSU to provide complimentary admissions to Zam since the game is being played at a neutral site?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 12/1/16- Complimentary Admissions for a Prospective Student-Athlete to Attend a Neutral-Site Competition (I)- states that each institution participating in a regular-season neutral-site single contest in team sports (e.g., one football game) or a regular-season neutral-site single event in individual sports (e.g., one track meet) may consider it as a home contest or event for purposes of providing complimentary admissions to prospective student-athletes, provided:
(a) The contest is not organized or administered by a participating institution (i.e., the event is organized and administered by a third party);
(b) The participating institutions do not compete against each other on an annual basis (e.g., members of same conference, traditional rivalry); and
(c) The contest is not part of a tournament, or in basketball, part of a qualifying regular-season multiple-team event that is played at a neutral site.
[References: NCAA Bylaws: 18.104.22.168 (complimentary admissions), 22.214.171.124 (home games at site other than regular home facility) and 126.96.36.199.1 (qualifying regular-season multiple-team event) and staff interpretations (11/9/88, Item No. a) and (08/26/16, Item No. a), which have been archived]
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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