Patriots Point raises admission prices

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published March 24, 2014

It’s going to cost more to visit the USS Yorktown beginning next month.

The Patriots Point Development Authority unanimously approved an increase in general admission fees on Friday. Adult tickets, for visitors between 12 and 61 years old, will increase from $18 to $20. Tickets for children, ages 6 to 11, are going up a dollar to $12. The new prices are expected to take effect on April 1, according to Executive Director Mac Burdette.

The price of admission at Patriots Point is increasing on April 1 to $20 for adults and $12 for children. (Photo by Ashley Barker)
The price of admission at Patriots Point is increasing on April 1 to $20 for adults and $12 for children.
(Photo by Ashley Barker)
“We’ve compared what we charge to other similar attractions, and we’d still be under the highest ones in the area,” Burdette said.

Children under 6 years old will still be admitted for free with a paid adult admission, and discounts for seniors and military members will remain in effect.

Burdette said the price increase is necessary because of various financial needs that will be coming over the next few years including maintenance costs and improvements to exhibits. Development authority Chairman Ray Chandler added that the raise has been a long time coming.

A general admission ticket includes access to all of the Mount Pleasant-based Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s exhibits including the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, USS Laffey destroyer, USS Clamagore submarine, Medal of Honor Museum, Vietnam Support Base and the Cold War Memorial.

Revenue up from last year

Revenue at Patriots Point totaled more than $578,000 during the month of February, according to a financial report released during the development authority meeting.

“We’re spending less than we anticipated and taking in more than we anticipated,” Lin Bennett, of the authority’s finance and personnel committee, said.

Since fiscal 2014 started in July, Patriots Point’s admission revenue totaled $2.4 million, which is about $308,000 more than the same time frame in fiscal 2013. Gift shop revenue and parking payments were up $16,263 and $27,465, respectively, from the previous year. Attendance was also up from 133,664 in fiscal 2013 to 146,773 so far in fiscal 2014.

Bylaws amended

The authority unanimously approved a resolution to change its bylaws. Distant board members who call in for meetings instead of attending them in person will now be allowed to vote.

Attorney William Craver, Patriots Point Development Authority’s legal counsel, said the authority’s bylaws govern its operations and procedures.

“Until today, a board member who was listening in by telephone could not vote on a matter before the board. This amendment allows a board member participating by telephone to vote, as long as a quorum is present in person” Craver said Friday. “You couldn’t have a situation where there was one person here and eight people participating by phone.”

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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