1. WHY DID VILLANOVA IMPLEMENT A SUPPORT-BASED POINTS PROGRAM?
The Nova Points program - an objective mechanism that allows Villanova University to track donor giving - plays a critical role in the long-term success of Villanova Athletics. By encouraging support to Villanova Athletics and the University, Nova Points will create new opportunities for our student-athletes and teams. From scholarships to programmatic support, your donations will help propel Villanova to new levels of recognition and competition. The Nova Points program is based on best practices from across Division I athletic departments, yet customized for Villanova. Nova Points provide a transparent and equitable way to allocate tickets and access to select Villanova Athletics events.
2. WHERE CAN I FIND MY NOVA POINTS TOTAL?
Your initial Nova Points statement is available online. To check your total, please visit the Support Nova page on villanova.com and enter your login and password to access your account. If you do not have a Villanova ticket account, you can create one by visiting the Support Nova page on villanova.com. Villanova Athletics will update points weekly.
3. CAN I TRANSFER MY NOVA POINTS?
Nova Points may not be transferred from one person to another or from one account to another. Additionally, the transfer of points by virtue of a will, trust or other estate-planning document is prohibited. In the event of the death of an account holder, the surviving spouse/partner retains the Nova Points, provided the spouse/partner was on the account prior to the time of death. Please contact the Villanova Athletics Ticket Office to add/remove a name from an account or to split a group account. Any changes to your account must be made in writing and formally acknowledged by Villanova Athletics.
4. HOW WILL POINTS BE CALCULATED IN THE ABSENCE OF HISTORICAL RECORDS BY THE UNIVERSITY?
Nova Points will be calculated based on the documented records that Villanova University Advancement and Villanova Athletics have available to date. The timeframes for each one-time allocation coincides with the available season ticket holder records for each program.
5. DO MY NOVA POINTS EXPIRE?
Nova Points do not expire. You can continue to add to your Nova Points total, via donations to the University and the Villanova Athletic Fund, planned giving, ticket purchases, annual season ticket holder donations, etc.
6. I SHARED A SEASON TICKET ACCOUNT WITH ANOTHER SEASON TICKET HOLDER AND PAID HIM/HER THE ANNUAL PER-SEAT DONATION AND COST OF THE TICKET EACH YEAR. WILL I RECEIVE NOVA POINTS?
The account holder who purchased the season tickets from the Villanova Athletic Ticket Office receives all of the Nova Points for the years of tickets purchased and all of the Nova Points for all the respective VAF per-seat gifts. All donors and season ticket holders are encouraged to establish their own accounts.
7. WHAT ABOUT COMBINED/POOLED ACCOUNTS?
Should you choose to keep a combined/pool account for tickets with other fans, please be aware that only one individual from the group is recognized as the account holder, and only that individual receives the Nova Points.
8. HOW DOES THIS IMPACT FACULTY AND STAFF TICKETS?
Villanova faculty and staff are able to earn Nova Points in the same manner as all Villanova fans. Villanova faculty and staff members who are 2017-18 Men's Basketball season ticket holders will participate in the Finneran Pavilion seating process in the appropriate sequence based on their Nova Point totals. Current Villanova faculty and staff also have additional seating options to consider. These options will be communicated to them directly by Villanova Athletics staff.
9. DO NOVA POINTS IMPACT STUDENTS?
No. Students will not be impacted by Nova Points. As in previous years, there will be a designated student section and lottery for Villanova students who wish to attend home games. Students will be seated along both baselines at the Finneran Pavilion, placing them closer to the court. We believe this will enhance the student fan experience and provide an even greater home court advantage for our Men's and Women's Basketball teams.
10. HOW DO MULTI-YEAR PLEDGES WORK WITH REGARD TO NOVA POINTS?
Fans who make a multi-year pledge will receive Nova Points immediately. However, the corresponding Villanova Athletics Annual Fund benefits will only be applied for the amount that has been received during each fiscal year.
11. DO PREVIOUS AND FUTURE MEN'S BASKETBALL SEAT DONATIONS COUNT TOWARD MY NOVA POINTS TOTAL?
12. I'M INTERESTED IN DONATING AND EARNING NOVA POINTS. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS?
Villanova Athletics appreciates your support! Please contact the Villanova Athletic Fund at 610-519-3863 or visit supportvillanovaathletics.com to make a gift.
13. WHAT ABOUT PRIOR POLICIES AND AGREEMENTS?
The Nova Points program supersedes all previously communicated ticket allocation policies including, but not limited to, any grandfather clauses, verbal agreements and previous Villanova ticket policies.
14. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SEAT LOCATION?
The best way to improve your seat location at ticketed Villanova Athletics events, and at the Finneran Pavilion, is to improve your ranking in the Nova Points program through donations and season ticket purchases.
15. WHEN DOES THE FINNERAN PAVILION SEATING PROCESS BEGIN?
The seating process has begun with some of our major gift donors to the Finneran Pavilion. We anticipate seating season ticket holders beginning in January 2018. Nova Points will be used to prioritize Finneran Pavilion seating for Men's Basketball season ticket holders.
16. CAN I SECURE THE SAME SEAT(S) IN THE FINNERAN PAVILION AS I HAVE HAD PREVIOUSLY?
Due to the renovation process, the layout of seats throughout the arena will change and thus no specific seats can be guaranteed. As part of the Finneran Pavilion seating process, a representative of Villanova Athletics will engage with each season ticket holder, in the appropriate sequence based on his/her Nova Points total, to discuss his/her preferences and available seating options.
17. WHAT LEVEL OF DONATION DO I NEED TO MAKE TO SECURE SEATS IN THE FINNERAN PAVILION?
There is no specific gift amount that will guarantee seats in the Finneran Pavilion. We are prioritizing Major Gift Donors ($100K+) to Finneran Pavilion, Matthew Carr Society Members (lifetime $1M plus to the University), and season ticket holders (in that order) with respect to seating in the Finneran Pavilion. Selections within each group will be prioritized by Nova Point totals.
18. IS THERE GOING TO BE A CAPITAL GIFT INVOLVED IN PURCHASING TICKETS AT THE FINNERAN PAVILION?
A large portion of the seats in the Finneran Pavilion will not include a capital gift. Some seats will require a one-time capital gift, which will go directly towards funding the $60M renovation costs of the project.
19. DO THE NUMBER OF SEASON TICKETS I PURCHASE AT THE WELLS FARGO CENTER HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE NUMBER OF SEATS I AM ELIGIBLE FOR AT THE FINNERAN PAVILION?
The seating process for the 2017-18 season at Wells Fargo Center and the seating process for the 2018-19 season at the Finneran Pavilion are separate. At the appropriate time in the Finneran Pavilion seating process, fans will have the opportunity to consider all available seating options and determine the number of seats that will work best for them. This allows fans to increase or decrease their current number of seats as they deem appropriate.
20. IS THERE A LIMIT TO HOW MANY TICKETS I CAN PURCHASE IN THE FINNERAN PAVILION?
Yes, there is a limit of six (6) season tickets per account.
21. WILL THERE BE A SEAT-SELECTION WEBSITE FOR THE FINNERAN PAVILION?
No, Villanova Athletics plans to walk each season ticket holder through the seating process and discuss his/her personal preferences, all available locations and pricing points.
22. WILL SEASON TICKETS INCREASE IN PRICE?
Yes. With the increase in price, Villanova Athletics is able to provide a significantly improved fan experience with enhanced amenities, improved operations and premium options that were not possible in the original Pavilion. It will also help support Villanova Athletics' 24-varsity programs and 600-plus student-athletes.
23. WHAT ARE THE PRICES GOING TO BE FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON?
While ticket prices will increase, pricing for seats throughout the Finneran Pavilion has not yet been finalized. During the Finneran Pavilion seating process, each season ticket holder will have the opportunity to review pricing and availability with a representative of Villanova Athletics.
24. WILL VILLANOVA STILL PLAY GAMES AT THE WELLS FARGO CENTER (WFC) NEXT YEAR ONCE THE FINNERAN PAVILION OPENS?
Yes. We will continue to utilize the WFC in Philadelphia for a select number of home games. With more than 19,000 seats, the WFC provides additional opportunities for our dedicated fans to support the Men's Basketball team and is a key element in recruiting the nation's best talent.
25. WILL ALL THE SEATS IN THE FINNERAN PAVILION HAVE SEAT BACKS?
Seating throughout the arena will allow for improved seat comfort. All sideline seats will now have seat backs, more than doubling the number of seats with backs in the arena. Seats in the upper north and south areas of the arena will have bench seating.
26. WILL THERE BE ADA SEATING AT THE FINNERAN PAVILION?
Yes, the appropriate number of ADA-accessible seats and companion seating required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (2010 Standards) will be provided in the Finneran Pavilion. The arena will feature vastly improved ADA amenities, including wheelchair accessible seating, two new elevators and code compliant restrooms and concession areas.
27. WILL THERE BE TOURS OFFERED OF THE FINNERAN PAVILION?
Yes. As construction allows, we will host guided tours of the Finneran Pavilion as part of the seating process.
28. WILL THE ANNUAL DONATION THAT IS REQUIRED TO PURCHASE SEASON TICKETS BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
All contributions to the Villanova Athletic Fund are considered gifts to Villanova University and are credited at full value for purposes of the donor's gift record at Villanova University. Any contribution that entitles the donor to purchase tickets is 80% deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes, according to IRS Code Section 170 (I). In addition, any contribution is reduced by the fair market value of all goods and services a donor receives in exchange for the gift, and no part of the amount paid to purchase tickets is deductible as a charitable contribution. Individuals who make a contribution to the Villanova Athletic Fund will be issued an appropriate tax receipt by Villanova University. The Villanova Athletic Fund recommends that you consult with your tax advisor to determine the amount that may be deductible. Contributions to the Villanova Athletic Fund entitle the donor to certain benefits. If you desire 100% tax deductibility for your gift directed towards the Villanova Athletic Fund, you must decline your right to receive any benefits at the time you make your contribution.
Deferred Giving Guidelines
- Ineligible Contributions
Contributions from donor advised funds, private foundations, matching gift programs and qualified IRA Charitable Rollovers are ineligible forms of payments when paying for a capital gift, season ticket premiums and season tickets.
- Eligible Contributions
Contributions of publically traded stock is an eligible form of payment when paying for a capital gift, season ticket premiums and season tickets. Please note that it is often advantageous to directly contribute long-term, low basis, highly appreciated stock. Please contact Villanova's Gift and Pledge Processing Team to make a stock transfer.
- Documented estate gifts (e.g. IRA beneficiary or bequests by Will) from donors who were born before/by December 31, 1953.
- Life-income gifts administered by Villanova (e.g. charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts) from donors who were born before/by December 31, 1968.
- Matthew Carr Society members: Points will only be credited toward the Priority Points System if the portion of your lifetime giving that constitutes a planned gift meets the guidelines stated above.
- Waiver of Benefits
For 100% tax deductibility of a contribution, a donor must decline their right to receive any benefits at the time of their contribution. Such notice must be given in writing. Villanova recommends that donors consult with their tax advisor to determine the specific implications of their contribution.