Fans will pay more to see Dawn Staley, South Carolina coach and her powerful Gamecocks next season.

Tuesday’s announcement by the athletic department indicated that it will increase season ticket prices for women’s basketball at Colonial Life Arena, 13,784 seats not for students, for the 2022-23 seasons. The arena has 18,000 seats and approximately 4,000 seats are reserved for students of South Carolina. Athletic fees are part of tuition.

The prices for general admission season tickets in upper tier will increase by $10 to $55. This affects 5,776 seats. The upper tier’s reserved seating prices will range from $45 to $85, which will affect 876 seats.

The Gamecocks averaged 12,268 spectators this season and have been the most popular team in women’s basketball attendance for eight years. South Carolina was 16-0 at home and won its first two NCAA Tournament matches last weekend.

Ray Tanner, athletic director at Staley, stated that the school has only had two price increases in the 14 previous seasons. The last one was before the 2018-19 season.

He stated that “We have not changed that ticket pricing formula for many years,” but it was time to reflect the value of what Colonial Life Arena fans are paying each night.

The price of seats in the lower section will increase from $70 to $100 next fiscal year. This affects 4,424 seat. The lower section’s 3,338 seats closest to the court will be priced at $70 to $200.

The most expensive premium seats will be located along the court. The 292 seats will range in price from $270 to $325, and the 78 floors seats will increase from $470 up to $565.

South Carolina has made investments in its women’s basketball team and Staley received a $22.4 million seven-year contract in October.

No. The Gamecocks are the tournament’s No. 1 seed and will play the fifth-seeded North Carolina on Friday night in Greensboro Region in the Sweet 16.